• Aug 3, 2010
Oldsmobile Cutlass dicing it up – Click above to watch video after the jump

From the file marked "When Men Were Men," we have this Car & Track review of the 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442. Sure Clarkson can work his way around a 458, but let's see him handle this baby: 455 cubic inches with a four-barrel carb, 225 horsepower, 0-to-50 in 5.5 seconds, 198 feet to stop from 70 mph and more body roll than a Carnival cruise ship in a Category 5. And check out the reverse spin test to gauge body roll – that's how you review a car. Follow the jump for a rollicking look at car history.

[Source: YouTube via Jalopnik]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      "it's a good, clean design"

      Erm, except for the rear quarterlights being unrelated to the door windows, the weird swooshy creases in the doors being unrelated to the overall shape, the grille seemingly from a different vehicle ...

      It's not "clean" and it's not "design", good grief. Even in 1972.

      10 mpg too. Wow. We've come a long way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Woooo 10 mpg!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Was *every* Oldsmobile from the '70s this color? It makes me think of Sam Raimi's Delta 88.

      Most mainstream cars from the mid '70s through the early '80s were boring dross, but for some reason I harbor an irrational soft spot for these old boats.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just as awesome as it was on JALOPNIK two days ago...

      Lol, i'm such a troll...
      But in all seriousness ; Automotive related news website FTW !
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's one brave cameraman to go anywhere near that thing while it was moving!
      • 4 Years Ago
      My dad bought a brand new 73 cutlass. White with red pin stripe. It came with an complimentary 8-track tape of chart toppers. All brand new songs which become iconic classics. I wish I had that tape now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This was the beginning of the "end" for Detroit. This was the era when emission regulations. safety regulations, highway speed reductions, and gas rationing (odd/even days) allowed Japanese imports to take over the U.S. market. Hell, by 1975 the Corvette produced a mind numbing 155HP. It was the automotive equivalent of the "Dark Ages".
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 00's are kinda the same. Just kept adding bigger cats, precats, nasty ECUs, and more oxygen sensors to everything. and weight... tons... of... weight in the name of safety.. engine tech couldn't keep up. Displacements increased, and MPG kept going down.

        It was no bueno all around.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, I want swivel seats. Did you hear the braking was over 190 ft, you die dead!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That was awesome. You can't sit here in 2010 and talk bad about a car like that any more than you can disco music. At the time it was up to date, and as good as could be had after the emissions regulations got dropped on them. It would be like all 2012 cars needing to meet 2050 emissions regulations. I would love to see anyone in this post throw that boat around a track like that guy did, he could really drive!

      With that said, the j-turn and 70mph panic stop (grabbing the steering wheel and trying to push the brake pedal through the floorboard) was awesome, and I doubt any journalist would volunteer for that in a 4000lb barge without ABS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love it - that test driver had some skilz. I think I'll keep my Mazda 3 though...
      • 4 Years Ago
      See kids, drifting's not new!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I didn't know this was a serious promo for the 73 Cutlass, I'd swear this was a joke destined for You Tube. Gotta love the "give-away grill" and "suspension package" that Olds is sporting. Did anyone catch the "hot discs" and "panic run" comments?? I mean, come on!!!!
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