Car: Oldsmobile Cutlass Holiday Hardtop Coupe
What makes it special: Cutlass was a marque of cars produced by General Motors’ Oldsmobile division between 1961 and 1999. At its introduction, the Cutlass was Oldsmobile’s smallest model. It began as a unibody compact car, but saw its greatest success as a body-on-frame intermediate. Introduced as the top trim level in Oldsmobile’s compact F-85 line, the Cutlass evolved into a distinct series of its own, spawning numerous variants, including the 4-4-2 muscle car in 1964, premium Cutlass Supreme in 1966, and outright performance Hurst/Olds in 1968.
What made it famous: In ‘66 models were slightly restyled again, with body lines similar to the full-sized 88, and semi-fastback rooflines with extended sail panels and tunneled rear windows on Sport and Holiday coupes. Changes for 1967 included the availability of optional disc brakes and the three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic to supplement the two-speed Jetaway. A new option was the Turnpike Cruiser package on Cutlass Supreme coupes and convertibles, which used a 2-barrel carburetor and mild camshaft with the 400 cu in engine and a low axle ratio for efficient and relatively economical freeway cruising. The Turnpike Cruiser used the heavy-duty suspension of the 4-4-2, and was available only with a Turbo-Hydramatic.
Why I would want one: Love the extended sail panel/tunneled rear window look of the ’66-’67 Oldsmobiles.
Fun fact: Over time the Cutlass name accumulated great brand equity, becoming not only Oldsmobile’s best-selling model but one of the most popular nameplates in the industry in the 1970’s.