Tribute 442: 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible

Jul 3, 2019 2 min read
Tribute 442: 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible

This beautiful Cutlass Convertible would make an excellent summer cruiser.

Beginning in the late 1960s, Oldsmobile began producing the 442, a muscle-oriented variant of the Cutlass. The package was originally named after the package’s four-barrel carburetor, standard four-speed manual transmission, and dual exhaust system. This 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible isn’t a true 442, but it’s definitely a quality example and a fitting tribute.

Tribute 442: 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible

Streetside Classics in La Vergne, Tennessee offers this Oldsmobile for sale. They provide a handful of pictures and plenty of details illustrating how well kept this convertible is, mentioning that it is a well-maintained car that will likely be a joy to own. They also go on to add, “an Oldsmobile is the one you want, not a garden-variety Chevelle.”

The exterior seemingly received professional-quality bodywork at one point, with the seller mentioning that the maroon paint looks amazing in the sun. They go on to comment more about the quality of the vehicle’s body, noting that both the quarter panels are smooth and the doors line up well.

Tribute 442: 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible

Inside the cabin, the Sienna leather interior appears to either be original, though the seller thinks it was potentially replaced early on in the vehicle’s life. The interior also includes goodies such as factory air conditioning, an AM/FM radio. Lastly, the white convertible top is in great shape, and the color nicely complements the brown interior and maroon exterior.

Under the hood, you’ll find a 350 cu.-in. V8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor. The engine starts with no issue and idles smoothly, and it also happens to be the car's original, numbers matching unit. A 3-speed TH350 automatic pairs to the V8, and delivers the engine’s output to a 10-bolt rear differential. Additionally, this Cutlass features front disc brakes, a newer alternator, and a dual exhaust system.


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