A cool article from Hemmings blog about a 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 2-door.
Jim Ross, of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, worked for a paving company that was assigned a driveway-resealing job in town. The owner of a '70 Chevelle, Jim's tastes ran toward Chevrolets and...
Jim Ross, of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, worked for a paving company that was assigned a driveway-resealing job in town. The owner of a '70 Chevelle, Jim's tastes ran toward Chevrolets and high-performance but, in 1994, he was looking to add another older car to the family fleet. Jim wanted something he could drive during the endless, sloppy Pennsylvania winters and the slushy roads that followed the plow and the salt. He wasn't particularly looking for an Oldsmobile, an A-body, a Cutlass, or an emissions-era machine—he wanted something cheap and reliable that would get him to work and back. But at the job site, he locked eyes on an immaculate 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme two-door—everything he wasn't looking for. It was all snug and protected in a covered garage, looking brand new, and the owner allowed as how it was for sale. "He was selling this car to buy a truck," Jim recalls, "and while this wasn't really what I was looking for, I wasn't about to pass it up."
In 1976, America's best-selling car was the Oldsmobile Cutlass. Just over half a million sold, and 56 percent of all Oldsmobiles for the year were some flavor of Cutlass. Within Oldsmobile's myriad midsize Cutlass body styles and trim levels (S! Salon! 442! Supreme Brougham!), one version stood above all others: the Cutlass Supreme two-door Colonnade hardtop coupe. The two-door Supreme, the model that's represented in this photo spread, sold more than 186,000 copies for the year—that's roughly 510 sold every day of 1976, making up 37 percent of all Cutlass production for the year. The Supreme coupe sold better than the next two versions (the new, upmarket Cutlass Supreme Brougham coupe and the entry-level Cutlass S coupe), so this is the most-popular version of America's most-popular car that year.