1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass
The 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass belongs to the third generation of the nameplate, and is a collector item today. Oldsmobile introduced its first Cutlass in 1961, but at this time it was merely a trim level on the F-85, the brand’s compact car. The real origins of the name go back to 1954, when Oldsmobile made a sports coupe that was solely experimental. The platform for it would eventually evolve into the F-85, several years later.
The Oldsmobile brand was a successful one for General Motors, especially in the 1970s. The 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass helped to make the brand one of the company’s most popular. Buyers liked the Olds because it included more features than Pontiacs and Chevys, yet were only a little bit pricier. The Cutlass was at the bottom of the price range for the brand, and proved to be immensely popular with consumers.
For the third generation, the 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass and the other models were ready for a redesign, which included a shorter wheelbase, and new body styles, although engine choices did not change. The 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass options included a base model, the F-85, the mid-level Cutlass S, the upscale Cutlass Supreme, and the 442 performance package. There were a whopping seven different body styles for this popular brand, including the two- and four-door sedans, two-door hardtops offered in notchback or fastback rooflines, a convertible, and the Vista Cruiser wagon.
For the 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass, GM continued to offer the 442 package. This offered consumers a more upscale version of a muscle car. It included a 455-cubic inch Rocket V8 engine. This was a bigger engine that what was offered the previous year. It produced 365 to 370 horsepower and helped give the 442 the distinction of being the Indianapolis 500 pace car for 1970. Today, any 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass is a collectible, but enthusiasts find the 442 especially desirable.