Racy Roofline: 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass S – Sold?

by | Jan 2023 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

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February 6, 2023, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “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.

January 3, 2023 Update – Following a one-week pause after their original listing expired, the seller waited for the holidays to end before posting a fresh Craigslist ad.  The description, pictures, and $15,900 asking price remain the same.

December 30, 2022, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” until we find a replacement ad.

December 13, 2022 Update – One week after first posting the listing for their restored ’73 Cutlass S, the seller knocked down the asking price from the original ask of $16,500 to $15,900.

When Oldsmobile launched its version of “Colonnade Hardtop” as a line of Cutlass models for 1973, buyers has the choice of two rooflines depending on trim.  The vast majority of Cutlass Supremes produced that year came equipped with a notchback roofline featuring opera-style rear windows and a landau vinyl top.

This nicely restored 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass S, originally listed in November 2022 in Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts (Boston), features the more desirable fastback roofline equipped with bigger rear windows and no vinyl top.  A restored example featuring a repaint and a four-barrel-topped Old Rocket 350 cubic inch V8, the seller notes the previous owner and restorer had the car’s interior reupholstered in black rather than the original blue material the car left the factory with.

Last offered for $15,900 (the original ask was $16,500), Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is slightly below the one-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for fourth-generation non-Supreme Oldsmobile Cutlass models 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 Cutlass featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $11,000 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $16,875.

The Cutlass line was redesigned for 1973 using GM’s new “Colonnade” A-body platform. The model lineup consisted of the base Cutlass, Cutlass “S,” Cutlass Supreme, Cutlass Salon, Vista Cruiser station wagon, and the 4-4-2 appearance package on the Cutlass “S” colonnade coupe. While rooflines were shared with other GM divisions, the Cutlass bodies had two Oldsmobile-specific convex creases—one starting behind the front wheel and running rearward into the door and curving upward at its trailing end, and the other curving down just ahead of the rear wheel and continued by the crease line of the quarter panel behind the rear wheel. The Cutlass “S” and 4-4-2 offered optional “Strato” bucket seats with high seatbacks and built-in head restraints; these seats could be swiveled 90 degrees to permit easier entry and exit for the driver and front passenger.

All Cutlass models came standard with front disc brakes.  The standard engine was a 180-horsepower 350 cubic inch Rocket V8. Optional engines that year included a 200-horsepower 350 Rocket V8 with dual exhaust (M code), a 250-horsepower 455 Rocket V8 (U code, or L75), and a 270-horsepower 455 V8 with a hotter cam and W30-style heads. This engine was called the L77 (V code) and was used primarily in four-speed cars and automatics without air conditioning in the Hurst/Olds. Transmissions included a standard column-shift three-speed manual, optional four-speed Muncie M20 manual with Hurst shifter, and three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic.

The seller posted this walk-around video of the Cutlass featured in this post:

This 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass S for sale presents as a nicely restored example that has aged better with the racier roofline and no vinyl affixed to it.  While the body-colored rally wheels did not originally come equipped on this car, it’s a nice upgrade, and the seller includes the original black steel rims in the car’s trunk.  The undercarriage pictures provided also highlight how rust-free this Cutlass is. The “crotch cooler” vents in the interior hint this Cutlass came factory equipped with air conditioning, so you’ll have to confirm with the seller whether the system still functions.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1973 Olds Cutlass S sport Coupe – 350/4v, Auto. CLEAN CAR! Light metallic Blue paint looks great, recently paint corrected, great shine, no rust, power steering, power disc brakes, AC, black interior, new carpets and front and rear seat covers along with padding – feels like a new car when you sit in it. Runs and drives nice, never modified, still has the single exhaust system. This is a pretty rare car, you don’t see many of these around today – great car for cruise nights or a blast to the beach or getting ice cream with the grand kids – reliable and easy to service. Ready for your custom touches… like a set of white lettered BFG’s and a nice sounding dual exhaust system, or maybe some black 442 stripes??

Show or go: What would you do with this restored 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass S for sale?  Please comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. mark mastrangelo

    I had the Hurst/Olds version of this car in black. Really great car to drive. Styling on this car is epic, especially the back. If I didn’t have so many cars now I would get another one. I dont care about the 13 MPG, the coolness factor is strong.

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