Oldsmobile Cutlass started as a compact car

Oldsmobile Cutlass started as a compact car

Pick of the Day was a ‘little old lady’ special ’61 Olds

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.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


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  • Charles Wilhelm
    June 27, 2019, 4:16 AM

    I drove a 1968 Olds Cutlass as a child getting his drivers license.

  • Earl Young
    June 27, 2019, 5:35 AM

    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.

    • Ken Heffner@Earl Young
      June 27, 2019, 2:26 PM

      Looks like a good find. Unmolested original car. Wonder about the whole east coast rust issues.

    • Matthew '-yeomans@Earl Young
      June 28, 2019, 2:53 AM

      Is this car in the states? if so where? how difficult to get to Canada? any one know and can help? thanks

  • Dennis King
    June 27, 2019, 5:53 AM

    I wonder how sludged up the motor is?

  • Wes Bolton
    June 27, 2019, 6:57 AM

    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?

    • Jim Wilson@Wes Bolton
      June 27, 2019, 1:17 PM

      Yep, in my eyes & my experience.

    • Stuart Buncher@Wes Bolton
      June 29, 2019, 5:39 PM

      Wes Bolton this is a 2 door coupe. A sedan is four doors with a pillar and a hardtop is four doors without a pillar.

  • Ed Dickinson
    June 27, 2019, 7:07 AM

    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.


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