Sunday, June 4, 2017

Junkyard Gem: 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Auhor: Murilee Martin

 The Oldsmobile Cutlass was once the best-selling car in the United States, topping the sales charts in 1975 and 1976, but the Cutlass name spiraled down into incoherence and, eventually, irrelevance during the 1980s. By 1985, there were three unrelated vehicles bearing the Cutlass name: the Chevy Celebrity-based Cutlass Ciera, the N-body Cutlass Calais, and the G-body Cutlass Supreme. The last of the three kept rear-wheel-drive (and at least the possibility of a V8 engine) through the 1988 model year. Here's a G-body Cutlass Supreme from the last couple of years of production, spotted in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service yard.

I'd like to say that this car has a rampaging V8 under the hood, but it's the 3.8-liter Buick V6 that became GM's most versatile engine starting in the 1970s. This engine was rated at 110 horsepower in 1987. Buick was getting 276 hp (or more) out of a turbocharged version of the 3.8 in the Cutlass Supreme-sibling Regal GNX in 1987.


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