Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme brags of being one of the most attractive vehicles ever manufactured by General Motors for the American market. It has a long history running from 1964 to 1997 with five generations.

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Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Origins

The first edition came onto the market as a midsize four-door sedan in 1966 but with time developed other editions, including a two-door coupe and a two-door convertible. To expand the trim options the vehicle uses different transmissions, namely a two-speed automatic transmission and four-speed and three-speed manual transmissions. In tandem with the variety offered over the years, the Cutlass Supreme has also sported different engine options at various times: a 4.1-liter, a 5.7-liter, a 3.8-liter, and a 7.8-liter V-8 in the later years.

About the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme serves as a practical vehicle for the regular car owner by offering such things as fuel efficient engines, EPA rated between 19/20 mpg city/highway and 20/30 mpg city/highway. Some of the main areas that have triggered a recall from the NHTSA include malfunctioning lighting of the rear indicators such as brake lights, which took place in 1990, a malfunction in the wipers, which took place in the 1994 and 1995 editions, and un-refined airbag technology, again in the 1995 and also in the 1996 editions. Other mechanical issues that the NHTSA identifies as compromising safety include the vehicle’s safety technology under crash conditions.

Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Features

The 1979 Cutlass Supreme offers two body designs, coupe and sedan, and uses a four-speed automatic transmission with 3.1-liter V-6, 160-hp engine on the Supreme SL Series I coupe, Supreme SL Series I sedan, Supreme SL Series II coupe, and Supreme SL Series II sedan. The 1979 Supreme 200-LX employs a 2.4-liter I4, 173-hp engine that pairs with a four-speed automatic transmission.

The 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme provides 37.8 inches of headroom and 42.3 inches of legroom in the front, as well as 37.1 inches of headroom and 34.8 inches of legroom in the rear, making it a fairly comfortable vehicle for all occupants. The 1979 Cutlass Supreme comes standard with cruise control and air-conditioning. This edition does not factor in much entertainment as only a radio comes standard in the 1979 Cutlass Supreme 200-LX trim, whereas the cassette player is only available in the 1979 Supreme Series I, II, and III sedan and coupe trims.

The 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme I, II, and III trims measure 193.8 inches in length, 71.5 inches in width, and 53.0 in height, sitting on a 107.5 inch wheelbase with a ground clearance of 6.2 inches. They use 215-60R16 tires that fit on alloy wheels. The 1979 Cutlass Supreme 200-LX trim, however, has a slightly larger wheelbase of 108.9 inches, with 225-55R17 tires on alloy wheels giving the vehicle a regal appearance. Power windows and a rear window defogger add to the 1979 Supreme edition’s convenience features.

Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Evolution

The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme underwent some significant changes over the years, though from year-to-year, the vehicle did not change drastically. For instance the 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme edition sports a 3.4-liter V-6 DOHC engine as standard, with a four-speed manual transmission.

The 1992 Cutlass Supreme’s main changes incorporate the slanted and more curvaceous, aerodynamic body design. The exterior functionality also shows changes to the head lamps that give the vehicle a more regal appearance, as well as better visibility at night.

The 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme drops the five-speed manual transmission engine, but takes on a convertible body. Safety features such as driver and passenger front airbags did not become a standard feature in this range of vehicles until the following year when the 1994 Cutlass Supreme released, and in the same year the anti-lock braking system (ABS) became a standard safety feature on all the trims.

Design, function, and safety take center stage on the 1995 Cutlass Supreme and 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme editions. With the release each year, the vehicle adds a more enhanced safety system with a better suspension to ensure a safer drive, better control at stopping, and more stable corner and speed maneuverability. Aesthetics of the interior design of the vehicles also take a turn for the better with the driver panels in the front becoming more pleasant to the eye. The 1996 Cutlass Supreme offers a 3.1-liter V-6 engine for the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme I, II, and III Series, while the ABS braking system comes as a standard feature for all the trims.

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1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Coupe, Midsize, Sedan

The 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme is available in sedan and coupe body styles.