Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 442 Convertible
Oldsmobile was the third-largest selling American marque in 1972, and the intermediate Cutlass was a prime factor in its success. Available with several distinct trim levels and a multitude of options, the Cutlass was an unqualified success. Thanks to Oldsmobile’s focus on quality, the Cutlass ranked among the best-built cars of the era.
The Cutlass continued to utilize Oldsmobile’s crisp styling, with a sporting elegance that appealed to buyers with its aggressive twin-grille design and sculpted bodylines. The sole Cutlass convertible in 1972 was based on the upscale Cutlass Supreme, marking the final year of availability with 11,571 examples built. The 1972 model year also witnessed the high-performance 442 go from a unique Oldsmobile series to option status, coded as the W-29 Appearance and Handling Package. The 442 option was available on the Cutlass and Cutlass Supreme series, with a series of 350 V8 engines, topped by the L75 455-cubic inch V8.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
270 hp, 455 cu. in. L75 V8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, Muncie four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, four-link rear suspension with coil springs, and front disc, rear drum hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 112"
Source: RM Auctions
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