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Pick of the Day: 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Fighter-jet name, everyday practicality

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Did you know that the Oldsmobile Cutlass got its name from Navy fighter jet called the Vought F7U Cutlass? Between 1948 and 1955, there were 320 such aircraft produced. The design was engineered for a crew of just one person and had a wingspan of about 40 feet with the wings folded. Maximum speed was a staggering 697 miles per hour. It is no wonder Oldsmobile chose to repurpose the name.

The Pick of the Day is a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Phoenix, Arizona. (Click the link to view the listing)

“Original family-owned, and has spent its entire life in dry Arizona, garage-kept and meticulously serviced for 40 years. Recent top-end overhaul with over $13,000 spent,” the listing says. The Light Blue Metallic exterior shows well thanks to respray, and the boxy lines scream 1980s. This car turns 45 years old this year. 

The midsized Cutlass Supreme was marketed as a premium model in the Cutlass lineup. Today’s featured car is from the fourth generation which was sold from 1978 through 1988. Underpinnings came from the General Motors “G-Body” and were shared with cars like the Buick Regal and the Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Compared to prior generations of the Cutlass, the new car was smaller.

Mechanically, the car has gone through quite a bit. The listing says that the overhaul included the installation of many new parts including chrome valve covers, electronic ignition, an aluminum radiator, an electronic distributor, an Edelbrock high-rise intake manifold, an Edelbrock carburetor, a starter, and more. On top of all that, the suspension, braking system, wheels, and stereo were all upgraded.

The interior boasts some of GM’s classic velour upholstery and looks to be as well-kept as the body. Aside from some aftermarket gauges mounted to the driver side A-pillar and the aftermarket radio cleverly mounted beneath the original, things look largely the same as they would have in 1979.

Worth noting: This generation of Cutlass was the last to be rear-wheel-drive. Beginning in 1988, the car moved to the W-body platform. The model was phased out entirely after 1997, and the Oldsmobile brand entirely was dissolved in 2004. It is hard to believe it’s been 20 years!

If you are looking for a clean example of one of the brand’s coolest creations, this Cutlass might be just the ticket. Even if it doesn’t go 697 miles per hour.

“This Cutlass Supreme has been cherished throughout its life and is ready for a new home,” the listing concludes. The asking price is $16,250.

To view this Pick of the Day on ClassicCars.com, jet on over to the listing here.

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Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Lol…what are people thinking with these INSANE asking prices.?… that’s a 3 to $4,000 car at the max. And they ruined it with those rims…js

  2. Looks like the dashboard has a crack on the passenger side. Pretty common for cars in AZ, just park them in the sun on a 110 degree day. Unfortunately that can’t be fixed (learned from experience). Also something looks odd under the driver side headlight, some blue fascia hanging on an angle. Seeing this car brings back some nice memories but the price is too high.

  3. I could understand the asking price if it were a special Cutlass model like a 4-4-2 or a Hurst/Olds. Spending over $10K on a car restoration does not guarantee a return on that investment.

  4. I leased my first one and bought the same one in the picture but added a luggage rack onto the trunk. They both gave me a lot of miles trouble free🇺🇲👍⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  5. My family had a cutlasa growing up, could have sworn it was an ‘84, but none look like it. Can anyone help me figure out what it was? It was a 2 door, didn’t look very sporty (and was brown on brown), had a 6 cylinder, the front console folded down to make a bench seat, and this specific detail is where I can find no trace of existence – it had triple tail lights.
    Would appreciate anyone helping me figure out the year/trim.

  6. To my comment above: Actually, a 4 door now that I think about it. Went from that to a 2 door S10 blazer and had to start climbing in the back, which is why my mind thought the olds was one.

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