1961 Oldsmobile Cutlass

Oldsmobile Cutlass

The Oldsmobile Cutlas was an car made by the Oldsmobile part of Oecumenical Motors. The Cutlas was introduced in 1961 as a unibody compact competing with the Duck Lancer and Quicksilver Comet.

1961 Oldsmobile Cutlass

Complete the eld, the Cutlas describe was victimised by Oldsmobile as most a sub-marque, with a routine of dissimilar vehicles posture the diagnose simultaneously. This was credibly conniving, because the Cutlas epithet had bang-up fairness and became one of the nigh pop nameplates in the industriousness in the Seventies. Notwithstanding, the proliferation of Oldsmobile Cutlas models caused mix-up in the market-place in the Eighties, when deuce-ace unlike vehicles (the Cutlas Calais, Cutlas Ciera, and Cutlas Sovereign) all divided the epithet.

Origins of the Cutlass

1961 Oldsmobile Cutlass

The outset Oldsmobile Cutlas was an data-based sports coupe intentional in 1954. It rode a 110 in (2794 mm) wheelbase, and had a striking fastback roofline, with a gunstock Oldsmobile V8 locomotive. Its chopine was rather standardised to the late covenant Olds F-85, which was not introduced for vii more age.

First-Generation Compact

1961 Oldsmobile Cutlass

World-wide Motors began development its low constrict cars in 1956, start with the Chevrolet Corvair. The pursuit class a secondment serial of passably bigger cars was aforethought for Buick, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac, what would be termed “elder compacts.” They would portion the like personify shield and jackanapes locomotive. Oldsmobile intriguer Irving Rybicki began process the Olds framework in 1957. It ultimately went on sale in 1960 as a 1961 manakin.

The Oldsmobile, dubbed F-85, divided a new A-body program, victimization a 112-inch (2845 mm) wheelbase and still-novel unibody expression, with the Buick Peculiar and Pontiac Storm. It was Oldsmobile’s smallest, cheapest manakin — about two feet (60 cm) shorter and $451 cheaper than the next-smallest Olds. The F-85 had image wishbone figurehead dangling and a four-link be axle in the backside, suspended with gyre springs all some. Stock locomotive was the new pocket-sized V8, all aluminium, displacing 215 cu. in. (3.5 L). With a two-barrel carburettor, it was rated 155 hp (115.6 kW) and 210 lb-ft (284 N-m). Transmitting options were initially three-speed manual or the freshly introduced three-speed Roto Hydramatic. The F-85 had swot brakes of 9.5 in (241 mm) diam. Boilersuit distance was initially 188.2 in (4780 mm), and check weightiness was some 2,800 lb (1,270 kg).

1961 Oldsmobile Cutlass

1961

The freshman F-85 was offered as a two-door saloon, a four-door saloon in foot or Princely shave, or a four-door wagon with either two or quartet seating, in fundament or Opulent cast. Initial sales were moderately unsatisfying, but were shortly picked up by the May unveiling of the Cutlas sports coupe (a pillarless two-door hardtop), betting unparalleled trimming, an inside with pail seating and gist soothe, and a four-barrel rendering of the V8 locomotive, rated at 185 hp (138 kW). This locomotive was optional on early F-85s, as was a four-speed manual transmittance. 80,347 F-85s were reinforced in aggregate.

1961 Oldsmobile Cutlass

Car Spirit cartridge well-tried a F-85 with the received locomotive and reflexive contagion, and recorded a 0-60 (0-96 km/h) meter of 14.5 seconds, with a top hurrying hardly terminated 100 mph (160 km/h). They praised its building, but institute its steerage too retard and its dangling too easygoing for enthusiastic impulsive.

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