NEW! Award 53: 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 38K Mile Survivor – Sold?

Oct 2020 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday, NEW Award

November 30th Update: We just confirmed the Craigslist ad for this ride expired and with no replacement listing found, we’re assuming this car sold.  This one may have got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

By 1979 mid-size two-door personal luxury coupes dominated the sales charts of U.S. automobile makers.  At the top of the heap was Oldsmobile’s Cutlass Supreme such as this 38K original mile example listed in September 2020 on Craigslist in Modoc, Indiana. Featuring a number of AC Delco replacement parts, the current caretaker has their Cutlass listed for the optimistic price of $14,900.  The Collector Car Market Review Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has his Cutlass Supreme priced well above the #1 “Excellent” estimate of $12,450 after factoring in the 30% premium for having the optional 350 cubic inch Rocket V8.  Unfortunately, the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool doesn’t offer values for the Cutlass Supreme, so using the 442 estimates as a proxy confirms this private seller has his Cutlass Supreme optimistically priced $600 above the #2 “Excellent appraisal of $14,300. While we agree this is a very nice, low mileage unmolested example, we’re giving the private seller our “New! (short for “No Effin Way!”) Award for what is a somewhat optimistic asking price.

For 1978, GM downsized Oldsmobile’s version of the Cutlass A-body with a shorter, 108-inch wheelbase and a much lighter 3,300-pound weight.  The ’78 Cutlass lineup included the Salon and Salon Brougham fastback coupes and sedans and the formal roof Supreme, Supreme Brougham, and Calais coupes. The Salons quickly proved to be far less popular than the notchback Supreme and Calais coupes. There were also “two-seat” (6 passengers in two rows) Cutlass Cruiser and Cutlass Cruiser Brougham station wagons; both being smaller, more conventional replacements of the three-seat (eight-passenger) Vista Cruiser.

Broughams featured softer, quieter rides, and fancier trim and upholstery. A factory T-top was optional on notchback coupes only. The 4-4-2 appearance and handling package, available on Salon coupes, featured large lower body stripes and 4-4-2 decals outside but not always shown with decals, unique 4-4-2 seats and badges inside, and a taut performance suspension featuring quicker-ratio steering, heavier springs, stiffer shocks, a stiffer front stabilizer bar, a rear stabilizer bar, and bigger tires. The Cutlass Calais used essentially the same suspension as the 4-4-2, but it also came standard with several other performance and touring options, including full instrumentation, an aluminum spoked sport steering wheel, reclining front bucket seats, and a center console with floor shifter.

Cosmetically, the 1978 line continued through 1979 with only slight changes front and rear. A bewildering array of grilles were used on the different equipment levels for 1978 and 1979, including two sets each of slotted (Salon), an egg crate design for the sportier Calais, and the waterfall version used on the example featured here.

Here’s a 1979 Oldsmobile commercial we came across posted on YouTube that provides an overview of the Cutlass two-door notchback models offered that year:

While this is arguably the best non-442 or Hurst/Olds 1979 Cutlass we’ve come across to date, our observations indicate prices are not quite where the seller hopes they will be for their car and the addition of performance parts may actually detract from that value.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Very nice Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme for sale. 38,075 original miles. Original paint, 350 c.i. motor, and transmission. List of new parts ((A/C Delco) Radiator, a/c comp, water pump, starter, alternator, tires, wheels, dual exhaust, shocks, brakes, ball joints, tie rods, wiper motor, undercoated headers, mild cam, and lifters. I have original rally wheels in mint condition. Nicest Cutlass around! NO TRADES and serious inquiries only please. 14,900 obo.

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