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1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham

Tucked behind a local pizza joint there’s a cluster of repair shops that keep quite busy. Typical specimens in for service couldn’t get much more eclectic, yet this Olds stood out from the day’s crowd. (Despite its white paint and light-colored surroundings.)


1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham

I had a brief chat with the mechanic but was unable to learn much of the car’s story. That was mostly because we were speaking different languages, however, he did convey permission to take pictures of it. I expressed gratitude and moved in closer.


1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham

The third-generation Cutlass debuted for 1973 while this 1977 example represents its final year. Conversely, 1977 was the first year for the luxury-oriented Brougham package on the Sedan, after years as an option offered exclusively for the Coupe.


1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham

Other Cutlass variants for 1977 were the Supreme (non-Brougham), Salon and S, as well as 4-4-2. Following the refresh of 1976, all models gained rectangular headlights and adopted a waterfall grille (slightly different in the case of 4-4-2).


1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham

Standard engines were a 3.8-liter V6 in Cutlass S and Supreme while a 4.3-liter V8 was used in Salon and Brougham (the subject car has the optional 5.7-liter). Surprisingly, the standard transmission in the S and Supreme was a three-speed manual.


1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham

Frameless door glass notwithstanding, in the wake of tightened roll-over standards, hard-top styling gave way to Landau compromises. Although no convertible third-generation Cutlass was produced, T-tops actually remained an alternative for Coupes.


1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham

Despite shattering sales records over the last couple of years, the Cutlass was slowing down while its siblings had grown trimmer and more modern for 1977. It was no worry since Cutlass too would see an all-new generation for 1978.


1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham

This generation of Cutlass was never my favorite but I appreciate it more over time, especially survivors like this. My friend told me what he would do to make this car “better” but, for me, cars are at their best when left original… flaws and all.