Colonnade Capsule: 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 5,625 Miles – SOLD!

by | Mar 2022 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

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March 14, 2022, Update – The Colonnade Cutlass remains one of the most sought-after cars of the 1970s, so we’re not surprised to see this go so quickly.  We confirmed the seller of this “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.

They are only original once.  Some enthusiasts prefer their classic cars to be ultra-low-mileage time capsules rather than restored to better-than-new condition. If your tastes lean towards the former, then perhaps you should take a closer look at this 5,625 original mile, black over black velour, 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham originally listed in March 2022 on Craigslist in North Ridgeville, Ohio (Cleveland).  Reported found in an estate sale of an elderly gentleman who bought this Cutlass brand new, this car features a fresh set of tires in addition to being a full-loaded example.

Currently offered for $22,500, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Cutlass Supreme priced between this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $17,400 and its #1 “Concours” appraisal of $24,600 for a similar 442 trim model.  As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask is well above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $15,375.  The premium requested here is for the ultra-low mileage, survivor-level quality of this example.

With the mid-size personal luxury coupe at peak popularity, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme was the top-selling U.S. car through the mid-1970s. Then in 1977, the freshly downsized Chevrolet Caprice took the top spot.  In Oldsmobile dealerships in 1977 the Cutlass Supreme was now awkwardly the same size as the downsized full-size Delta 88 and by that point looked dated as consumers clamored for more fuel-efficient cars.

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.

The Doug Blake YouTube Channel features this 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass commercial covering the brand’s extended line-up that year:

While there is no question this 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham is a high-quality survivor, we wish the seller had posted more detailed pictures of the truck and undercarriage rather than waste space on duplicate exterior shots.  Additionally, we hope the seller saved the original tires for the next owner who might want to use this car to win at preservation-class judging.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“HERE IS A 1-OWNER 77 CUTLASS 350 ENGINE WITH JUST 5600 MILES,AN ELDERLY MAN BOUGHT THIS BRAND NEW IN 1977,THE CAR CAME OUT OF AN ESTATE,JUST PUT BRAND NEW TIRES ON,POWER WINDOWS,LOCKS,TILT WHEEL,FOR MORE INFO CALL”

Do you have a ’77 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme story to share? If so, comment below and let us know!

2 Comments
  1. Anonymous

    Nice try somebody who bought this car got suckered. If you look closely at the odometer look at the first zero you can see plane as day that the mileage has been rolled back.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Sorry, we disagree. On Malaise-era cars with under 10,000 miles, we tend to see the leading zero not line up with the other digits. You have to agree, based on the pictures provided that it is an extremely low mileage, original condition, survivor car with low miles. Given the condition, it would not be in the seller’s best interest to tamper with the odometer as it just wouldn’t any more value to it. In his description, the seller states we had to replace the tires. If he kept them (we hope!) or at least took pictures of them, that would be a key indicator of the car’s low mileage. Additionally, we’ve seen cars posted on Craigslist by this seller before and he seems to have a knack for finding nice original examples. The fact this car sold just days after he listed it speaks to the fact the buyer didn’t get suckered; they bought a 45-year-old new car.

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