By the time Oldsmobile was ditched by General Motors in 2004 it was building some pretty forgettable vehicles, but it wasn’t always this way. Back in the Seventies, it could do no wrong and models such as the Cutlass S W-31 didn’t just rule the streets — it was one of the most acclaimed muscle cars of the decade.
This was a time when Olds was injecting a heavy dose of snarling Detroit-bred muscle into its lineup and they scored highly in the behind-the-wheel fun factor. The 1970 Cutlass S, with the W-31 package, built at the Lansing plant in Michigan came as standard with a heavy-duty radiator, front and rear sway bars, boxed lower rear control arms, a special harmonic engine balancer and 3:91 Positraction. It had disc brakes up front and drums in the back and bringing it to a stop took a right leg that was as muscular as the Cutlass’s body. Power brakes weren’t an option then but they sure would have come in handy what with a high performance 350 cubic inch (5.7-litre) V8 putting out a whopping 325bhp. That was a serious amount of power for 1970 and the motor featured an aluminium intake, Rochester Quadrajet carburetor, flat top pistons and was mated to a wide-ratio Muncie M20 four-speed manual. The Cutlass also got a fibreglass ram air bonnet, body striping, black plastic fenderwells and rode on chrome Super Sport wheels wrapped in sticky F70-15 BFGoodrich tyres while the cabin packed vinyl bucket seats, an AM/FM stereo radio and tilt steering wheel.
If you find one of these with all of the appropriate buzz words such as “numbers-matching”, “documented”, and “concours restoration” then you’ll be forking out around Dh250,000 for it. Well worth the money for one of the hottest muscle cars of all time.