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AJ's Car of the Day '70 Oldsmobile Cutlass Fastback
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Car: Oldsmobile Cutlass Fastback

Year: 1970

What makes it special: The 1970 Cutlass was available in seven body styles: the base F-85 two-door sedan, as well as two-door hardtops offered in both notchback Cutlass Supreme and fastback Cutlass S and 4-4-2 body styles, a practice fused for intermediates of that time, which were offered in both notchback and fastback coupes starting in 1968. Also available were a four-door hardtop, four-door sedan, a convertible and a flat-top station wagon called the Custom Cruiser, as well as the fancier Vista Cruiser station wagon.

What made it famous: With GM tossing out the 400 cubic-inch limit for intermediates and the 4-4-2 now coming standard with the larger 455 cubic-inch Rocket V8 from the big Oldsmobile's and previously used in the 1968-69 Hurst/Olds, Olds discontinued the 400 engine entirely and also offered the 455 as an option in the Cutlass S models and the Vista Cruiser wagons. The same assortment of 3- and 4-speed manual transmissions were carried over from previous years with Hurst shifters used on floor-mounted 3-speeds and all 4-speeds. The 3-speed Turbo Hydra-matic now the sole offering for shiftless driving. Cutlass S coupes with the optional Strato bucket seats and Turbo Hydra-matic could be equipped with the Hurst Dual-Gate shifter, which was also known as the "His and Her-Shifter" in conjunction with the extra-cost center console. The Hurst Dual-Gate made it possible to either put the transmission in Drive, and let the transmission decide when to shift. Or it could be placed in a manual mode like today's automatics.

Why I would want one: Its got great sporty lines, and the host of optional V8's and transmissions make it possible for either a cruiser or all-out street performer.

Fun fact: Oldsmobile's Cutlass evolved into a line of its own, spawning numerous variants, including the 4-4-2 in 1964, premium Cutlass Supreme in 1966, and outright performance Hurst Olds in 1968.

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