Oldsmobile Cutlass started as a compact car

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Once upon a time, there was an Oldsmobile commercial that referred to “the gallant men of Olds,” presumably those operating Oldsmobile dealerships. But the cars they sold often appealed to women buyers, and that certainly applied to the Pick of the Day. The car is a 1961 Oldsmobile Cutlass hardtop, and the private seller offering the car on ClassicCars.com promises that it is a 36,000-mile original. The seller is the second owner. The first was Claire, “a small woman (who) loved looking through the steering wheel and dash.” Claire apparently only drove the car “to the store and church, really!”
According to the seller, the car has not been involved in any accidents, runs great and has an undamaged vinyl interior (supported by the photographs with the ad). The coupe has a 185-horsepower, 215 cid V8 engine and 3-speed automatic transmission. The seller reports that the master brake cylinder and fuel pump have been replaced with original equipment parts.
Back in the early 1960s, Cutlass was Olds’ smallest vehicle, a unibody compact that later (1964 forward) would become a midsize car and the country’s best-selling sedan. The Cutlass was launched as the top version of the compact F-85. The Pick of the Day is located is Acushnet, Massachusetts, and is on offer for $9,350.
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To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.
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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. Nice solid looking little car. That brown is one of worst colors. Does nothing for car. Good mileage but think car is over priced. Bought a 62 with factory T10 4 speed for $1800.00 less , Texas car not one speck of rust, spotless original car.

  2. Nice car. I wonder if you use of the term "hardtop" is correct in this case? Since the pics show the pillar between the front and rear doors, wouldn’t this car be a sedan?

  3. We The price is to high,the average person can not afford,the Mercedes, they want sell more Mercedes , but.won’t give on pricing..what advantage is the Mercedes over the ford etc.none!! But the name.

  4. As Frank De says , The Jetfire was same as a cutless with a garrett turbo that put out 215 horse out of 215 cubes. Ended production in better looking 1963

  5. Wow! This was my first car, back in ’72. Had to put much $$ into it to get it roadworthy, then a month later, the transmission locked up, and I had to cut my losses. Always loved the looks of the F-85.

    • The 1962 -63 Jetfire’s and the 1962-63 Skylarks were the Only Hardtops they made in this line……all other came as Sedans with the post or frame around the windows

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