1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible Caught Sleeping Outside Under a Cover, Engine Runs

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We've all seen what rust can do to a car, especially when parked outside, and this Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible could be the living proof.
Posted on Craigslist earlier this week and trying to find a new owner, the 1969 convertible has been sleeping outside under a cover, likely for several years.

We're not getting too many specifics, but the owner says the engine still runs. It's a V8, but that's pretty much everything we receive on this front.

The most common choice on the 1969 Cutlass was the 350 Rocket V8. It was offered in multiple configurations, beginning with a standard two-barrel unit and ending with more powerful flavors, including the four-barrel W-31 rated at 325 horsepower. It's hard to tell if the car sports this top-of-the-line version, but it's probably safe to assume a 350 is hiding under the hood.

The Cutlass is otherwise as mysterious as possible.

The body already exhibits the typical problems produced by the years of sitting outside, but I would pay particular attention to rot. You must get the car on a lift and inspect the undersides because I don't expect any good news on this front. You'll likely have to replace the floors, but maybe the damage can still be resolved with regular patches.

The potato-quality photos don't reveal much about the interior either. The cabin looks dirty, but it's impossible to tell if everything is in place and whether the interior requires major repairs. It's a project, so the best assumption is that you'll spend a lot of time fixing everything, including the body, the interior, and the engine.

The V8 runs, but you shouldn't consider the car road-worthy, certainly not in its current shape. The owner claims they don't have a title.

A 1969 Cutlass isn't easy to find, especially not in a solid shape and with a working engine. Unfortunately, the listing fails to answer the most important tidbits, so I can't tell if the car is still original. It's critical information that could make the Olds significantly more intriguing, especially because it'd make a complete restoration to factory specifications more straightforward.

Meanwhile, the convertible deserves a chance, and you must travel to Kansas City to see it in person. You should certainly do this, considering the lack of information, and don't forget to bring a trailer to take the car home if you reach a deal.

The owner expects to get $4,000 for this Oldsmobile, but I think $3,000 would be a fair price, especially given the potential metal problems under the car. It's a solid project to begin a restoration project, but unless it's complete and original, the only option could be turning it into a daily driver with parts donated by other model years.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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