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Rare Rides: A Pristine 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon, Shift-It-Yourself Edition

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Listening to the Cutlass identify evokes visions of 442, of colour-key rally wheels, or maybe ideas of cheesy aftermarket ruination and glittery paint.

This gray fastback sedan doesn’t typically come to thoughts, however maybe it ought to. Presenting the 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon. Possible, Olds referred to as it Salon as a result of you possibly can match huge hair into it.

Or not. The historical past of Oldsmobile’s Cutlass was an extended one, and by the 1978 mannequin yr the midsize nameplate was in its fifth era. Because it was the late Seventies, downsizing and saving fuel was the secret. For its fifth version, Cutlass misplaced six inches in wheelbase and provided significantly smaller engines than only one yr earlier than.

Cutlass nonetheless rode on GM’s A-physique, nevertheless it was a lighter, leaner, shorter variant. Designed to deal with a number of physique types and engines, the brand new A targeted on flexibility. Seven different automobiles apart from Cutlass utilized the brand new A-physique, representing automobiles from Buick, Chevrolet, and Pontiac. The bottom engine for Cutlass was the three.eight-liter Buick V6, however clients might get their arms on bigger engines, together with the 5.zero-liter Chevrolet 305 V8. Two diesels have been made obtainable for consumers who have been into that kind of factor.

Initially of its new era, the Cutlass household included 4 separate strains: Supreme, Salon, Cruiser, and Calais. Supreme and Calais wore extra conventional formal roof styling in sedan and coupe types, whereas Cruiser represented the 5-door wagon. Salon was the various selection. Cut up between base Salon and upmarket Salon Brougham, the brand new identify introduced fastback styling to the desk. Two- and 4-door choices made up Salon choices, and the A-physique went in a brand new path.

Clients spoke with their wallets. All different Cutlass choices have been instantly far more widespread than both of the Salons. The sedan was the primary mannequin dropped from the brand new Cutlass line, dwelling solely by means of 1980. A yr later the Salon coupe adopted go well with. Oldsmobile continued with all kinds of Cutlass fashions, splitting the lineup between entrance- and rear-drive varieties in 1982. Ciera switched to entrance-wheel drive on a model new A-physique platform, whereas Supreme stayed sporty on the rear-drive G-physique.

In the present day’s Rare Experience is a merely beautiful 1978 instance of the Cutlass Salon. With the Olds 260 V8 (four.3L) and a 5-velocity guide transmission, the Salon had simply 34,000 miles on the odometer. We are saying had there, as this Salon requested $10,000, and was listed for a short while earlier than being bought.

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