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1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

In 1970 Oldsmobile gave a face-lift their to Cutlass line up, adding a new and unique roof line to the Supreme coupe.

The Cutlass is arguably the most popular car Oldsmobile ever produced. Introduced in 1962 as a deluxe version of the F-85 launched the previous year, it was an instant success. The small, unit-bodied F-85 cars were replaced after the 1963 model year, making way for the new full-frame A-body in 1964.

Sharing it’s chassis, suspension, floors, and many other structural components with the other A-body cars that included the Pontiac Tempest/LeMans, Chevrolet Chevelle/Malibu, and the Buick Special/Skylark. All enjoyed success thanks to great styling, and a huge list of options and engine choices.

In 1968 the A-body cars were updated, and this third generation of Cutlass cars were produced through the 1972 model year. The two door model’s wheelbase was increased to 112 inches. Rounded and less angular styling was used in 1968 and 1969. A fastback roof design was unique to Cutlass in these years, and set it apart from the other A-body cars.

In 1970 that would change.

Supreme changes to the Cutlass

Oldsmobile was considered an upscale car, and a more formal looking car was brought to the Cutlass line for the 1970 model year. Although the Supreme name had been in use since 1966, it was the name chosen for the new notchback styled Cutlass. The Fastback design was kept, and referred to as the Cutlass “S”.

The 442 model also shared the “S” fastback body.

The Supreme not only had a unique roof. A plush interior that featured a liberal amount of simulated burled wood on the dash and door panels, as well as special side moldings and grills, set it apart from the other Cutlass models. A 250 hp 2-barrel 350 V-8 was standard in the Supreme, with a 4-barrel 310 hp engine optional.

A special “ SX ” model could be ordered that came standard with a 365 hp 455 engine.

Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme unique among A-body coupes

One of the things that make this car so interesting, is the fact that only Oldsmobile produced two different A-body coupe bodies, offering both fastback and notchback. Pontiac had the Grand Prix, and Chevrolet had the Monte Carlo, but they had a longer wheel base, and are G-body cars, not A-bodies.

Buick had the Riviera, and Oldsmobile had the Toronado to offer as full-size luxury coupes, but still GM chose to let Oldsmobile have a special A-body car, and not Buick. This arrangement would last through the 1972 model year. In 1973 all the A-body cars would be completely restyled, and multiple roof lines would be offered in all the GM A-body cars.

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The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme today

Cutlass cars are popular today with collectors. 1970-1972 Supremes are considered by many to be one of the best looking and driving Cutlass models ever produced.

Although the 442 gets most of the attention, Supremes are more affordable and plentiful, making them accessible and attractive collector cars.

Restoration efforts are aided by a strong Oldsmobile car club, and restoration parts are available, including upholstery kits, emblems and weather strip reproductions. There are several reproduction catalogs available, and used original parts can be found through classic car parts dealers.

References:

Burness,Tad. American Car Spotters Bible 1940-1980 . WI, KP Books ,2005

Norbye,Jan P. and Dunne,Jim. Oldsmobile: The Post War Years . WI, Motorbooks International, 1981

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