Frost Free: 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass S 15K Mile Survivor – SOLD!

by | Aug 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

September 7, 2021 Update – We confirmed the seller of this Survivor Olds Cutlass “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Personal luxury mid-size two-door coupes were all the rage by 1977 and Oldsmobile’s Cutlass line led the sales figures for the category.  While many consumers opted for the landau-roofed Cutlass Supreme version, the value-priced version was the Cutlass S exemplified by this 15K original mile, gold over beige example originally listed in August 2021 in Turnersville, New Jersey currently offered for $13,900.

Comparing that price against the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms the seller’s ask for their ultra-low-mileage Cutlass S is nearly one thousand dollars above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $12,925 before making adjustments for the less desirable 260 cubic inch V8.

With new downsized mid-size GM replacements in the pipeline one year away, for 1977 Oldsmobile made minor tweaks to its best-seller Cutlass line-up.  New grilles highlighted all 1977 Cutlass models with Cutlass S sedans and coupes reverting to an upright grille/front end while the more aerodynamic slanted front end was only offered with the 4-4-2 option. “Oldsmobile” nameplates in a new sans-serif typeface replaced the former script ones.  Inside was a slightly revised instrument panel with the clock relocated to the right side of the dash above the glovebox. This also marked the introduction of Oldsmobile’s new mechanical digital clock. The Chevrolet inline-six was replaced by Buick’s 231 V6 (standard on all models except Salon and Vista Cruiser), while the 260 and 350 Rocket V8s were carried over.  Transmissions included a three-speed manual (standard and only available with the V6 engine), five-speed manual (coupes with 260 V8 only), or three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic. A sedan was added to the Supreme Brougham line, while the Salon lost its sedan version.  Oldsmobile built 632,742 Cutlasses built during the 1977 model year, the highest production for the model.

This 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Commercial shows just how many versions the company offered by the late seventies:


Call it splitting hairs, but advertising your car with only 14K original miles when the odometer says 14,910 really means it has 15K.  Semantics aside, this Cutlass S is a nicely optioned example in like-new condition. Unfortunately, while the seller does not mention air conditioning in their listing and the lack of an engine picture makes it harder to confirm, not finding GM’s signature “Crotch Cooler” vents under the steering column and glove box door means this Cutlass S makes do with outside air ventilation.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass S
-260 V8 Engine
-350 Turbo Transmission
-Power Windows
-Power Door Locks
-Cruise Control
-Factory Rally Wheels
-100% Original
-Original Tires
-1 Owner
-14k Original Miles
-Clean CarFax
-Asking $13900

Show or go: what would you do with this Cutlass S survivor?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. Ernest Valtri

    What a terrible tv commercial! The jingle is horrible! This was supposed to get people to buy a car???


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