Colonnade Cruiser: 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme – Sold?

by | Jun 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

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July 30, 2022, Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “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.

By the late 1970s, the most popular style of car American consumers gravitated towards were mid-sized personal luxury two-door hardtops.  At the top of this trend was the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme.  Not only does this 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, once listed in June 2022 on Craigslist in Albion, New York (Rochester), appear to be a nice survivor example, but it also features the very desirable bucket seat and full console option.

Currently offered for $10,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is slightly below the five-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for third-generation Oldsmobile Cutlass Supremes produced between 1973 and 1977.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the truck featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3  “Good” estimate of $8,850 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $13,075 before factoring in a ten percent premium for the bucket seat and full console option.

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, undercarriage, and engine.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“350 olds rocket engine
Very good condition
Drives nice
Automatic on the floor.
No emails, please. Leave a message at the reply number. Serious offers only.

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