134317 / 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass S W-31

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General Motors obviously did a lot right in 1969. Almost everything the company produced that year has its own fan club and remains a staple at classic car shows. If the past few months are any indicator, Oldsmobile’s Cutlass is a contender in the fight for Favorite GM A-body. This 1969 Cutlass S W-31 was the subject of a frame-off restoration and features a date-code correct Ram Rod 350 backed by the original Muncie 4-speed. Drivetrain aside, the color combination is one of the coolest factory pairings in existence.

Looking through the build pictures, restoration efforts began in the mid-90s when the car was torn down for a frame-off restoration. The original GM lines were covered in correct code 10 Ebony Black paint and even now, the color has a nice luster to it. You don’t get much more honest than black paint, so rest assured all the metal work beneath is straight and free of any notable blemishes. From the unique intake system to the diecast Cutlass badges, all the details are in place for a solid presentation.

Hoist the hood to find a date-code correct Ram Rod 350ci V8 that GM brass rated at 325hp and 360lb/ft of torque. The foundation is one of Oldsmobile’s ultra-strong nickel-infused blocks which wears gold paint alongside an appropriate 3955582 casting number, correct “5″ casting heads, and an upgraded Holley 4-barrel carburetor which is concealed beneath the cartoon-like air cleaner assembly with two giant air tubes that connect to intakes at the front of the car. The Cutlass starts, idles, and operates with the reliability you would expect from a GM small block while details like the correct QX oil fill decal and reproduction Delco battery keep presentation sharp.

Behind the 350, a Muncie M20 4-speed offers full control of the small block V8 up front. Power spins down the driveshaft and out to a GM 12-bolt rear end that sports steep 4.30 gears. The suspension remains in its stock configuration with double A-arms up front a factory 4-bar with boxed lower control arms out back. Manual steering and four-wheel drum brakes keep the driving experience period correct. At the corners, chrome 14-inch Super Sport wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich rubber round out the chassis.

For what was meant be a somewhat stripped-down variant of the Cutlass, the interior offers plenty of visual cues that give it a much more upscale feel. The bright red interior is a strong contrast against the Ebony Black paint and offers bucket seats, a center console, and a correct AM radio in the center.

With the hot small block and that steep final gear, this Cutlass S is a fun car to cruise on warm summer nights. Factor in the great color combination and head-turning details and you’ve got one seriously appealing A-body on your hands. The time of the Cutlass seems to be upon us so, if you’re thinking about adding one to your collection, call, click, or visit http://rkmotorscharlotte.com for more information!

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