Car: Oldsmobile Cutlass SX Convertible
What makes it special: It was yet another strategic maneuver by GM to bring muscle to the streets without the stigma of being labeled as such, and alerting the insurance companies who were currently waging war against high performance vehicles. It's a very rare, limited production car, with only 357 produced for 1971.
What made it famous: Beginning in 1970, Oldsmobile blew past the insurance industry in a stealth-like manner by stuffing a torque monster 455 cu in V8 into the Cutlass Supreme SX. With a non-muscle car VIN, customers were able to avoid paying the astronomical insurance premiums. But unlike the usual street performers, SX buyers also got comfortable interiors, air conditioning and every power assist option that was available.
Why I would want one: I'm a huge fan of the out-of-the-ordinary, and I love the whole rebellious history behind the SX. Plus, it's a looker with comfort...and is no slouch when the rubber meets the road.
Fun fact: The Cutlass Supreme SX offered muscle car power, without air-induction hoods and body stripes. The only hint of performance were the chrome exhaust trumpets through cutouts in the rear bumper , but they were about the only sign of the iron being pumped under the flat hood.
( 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass SX photo from cars-on-line.com )