Prepare to be amazed by the extraordinary discovery of a two-owner gem – a 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme that has survived in impeccable condition. Renowned as the most popular and highest-selling model in its class, the Cutlass Supreme captured hearts during its 32-year production from 1966 to 1997. Now, a fourth-generation beauty from 1978 to 1988 is up for grabs on eBay, located in Advance, North Carolina. With a current bid of $8,300 and no reserve, this remarkable find may only require minor paintwork and a headliner to reach perfection.
Throughout its illustrious run, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme maintained its rear-wheel-drive layout, a characteristic that added to its enduring appeal. In 1988, as General Motors made the shift to front-wheel-drive platforms for its mid-size cars, the Supreme bid farewell to the automotive stage. In response to rising fuel prices, the cars underwent downsizing in 1978, a trend followed by GM. However, the year 1981 brought a stunning, more aerodynamic restyling that enhanced the Supreme’s performance, even on the NASCAR circuit, where it proved formidable.
The 1981-88 Cutlass Supremes showcased a distinctive “shovel-nose” front header panel and a raised rear deck, reducing air resistance by an impressive 15%. While this design feature played a crucial role in the NASCAR realm, it likely contributed to improved gas mileage in everyday driving. Under the hood, the seller’s car, as well as the Cutlass Supreme owned by the writer, houses the reliable Buick-sourced 231 cubic-inch V6 engine. Though not the fastest off the line, it provides ample power. Two trim levels were available: the ‘standard’ Cutlass Supreme, with a production of 75,000 units in 1985, and the Brougham, accounting for an additional 59,000 models.
With a mere 70,000 miles on the odometer, this ’85 Cutlass Supreme impresses with its exceptional cleanliness and originality. Originally purchased in North Carolina, it has remained in the same state throughout its life, passed down between neighbors until recently. The paintwork retains its originality and looks great overall, except for some minor imperfections on the trunk lid and bumper plastic, which can easily be rectified for perfectionists. Scour as one might, it’s a challenge to find a single dent or ding on this pristine classic. Inside, everything remains true to its original form, with the exception of a cracked steering wheel and a slightly drooping headliner, both simple fixes. If you’ve been on the hunt for a Cutlass Supreme from this era, it would be a daunting task to find one in better condition than this astounding survivor.