1961 Oldsmobile CutlassReview
Terrible Car, But Once You've Owned One, You Want Another! — I loved the performance and the car was very comfortable. It would happily cruise at 80 MPH. Handling was better then average for 1961 (but that does not say much). However, it could eat your wallet alive with repair bills. For a rarely used collector car it would not be bad. I am actively looking for one today in Garnet Mist Metallic and white top.
Primary Use: Family transportation
Pros: Great styling, very good performance from a small engine along with very good gas mileage for the era. Interior was very good looking for the "period" . Trunk is amazingly large for a small car, I once hauled a dresser in the trunk with the lid closed.
Cons: These cars were mechanical disasters. Would only run on the highest octane fuel, aluminum engines were prone to many problems if the wrong anti-freeze was used. Stripped spark plug threads were very common. Transmission was the infamous "slim Jim" and was only good for about 30,000 miles. Unique transverse muffler is a problem to find today. Also, exhaust pipe comes out directly under the fuel filler! Hood flutter at speed can drive you crazy.
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