1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Found in a Barn Hides No Surprises, Rusty Floors and Engine Issues

1979 Cutlass looking for a new home 6 photos
Photo: Bogdan Popa/autoevolution/eBay seller jkeith615
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Customers walking into an Oldsmobile dealership to order a Cutlass in 1979 could pick from three body styles, namely coupe, two-door fastback, and four-door fastback.
The Supreme and the Supreme Brougham could only be had as a coupe, while the Calais was exclusively available in the same body style. Olds released the Salon and the Salon Brougham in two-door and four-door fastback configurations, while the 4-4-2, offered only on the Cutlass Salon and the Salon Brougham, could be ordered on two-door fastback versions.

The engine offering started with the 231 V6 two-barrel unit but included several V8 options, including the 260 diesel.

A two-door 1979 Cutlass landed on eBay this week with what it promises to be a "complete" package, remaining "very restorable" after a long tenure in hiding.

eBay seller jkeith615 offers limited information on their 1979 Cutlass but claims the vehicle was found in a barn. No specifics were shared, but the Olds doesn't hide any surprises, sporting the typical rusty floors and engine problems. The owner says the engine in charge of putting the wheels in motion is a 350 V8, but aside from the fact that it's loose, they didn't share other details about it.

They claim the body is still solid, and the shared photos confirm this is true, with no concerning metal problems. It's unclear if the rusty floor pans can be resolved with standard patches or if you'll need new floors altogether, so your best option is either a third-party inspection or going there in person to check out the car.

If possible, put the car on a lift to inspect the undercarriage, but the owner says the trunk is still good, and you won't find critical problems there.

The interior looks complete, but the only shot exposing the cabin doesn't reveal many specifics. You should be able to decrypt more about this Cutlass if you're committed to a purchase, especially because the owner posted the car online with a no-reserve auction.

It means they're ready to let the car go to anyone willing to pay at least $1,650, so you can get this Cutlass at the price of a new maxed-out iPhone. The selling expectations make sense, considering the Cutlass' condition and the fact that the 1979 model year wasn't the most desirable version.

If you want to see the vehicle in person and take it home, you'll need to drive your trailer to White Bluff, Tennessee. The auction will end in approximately six days, but considering nobody entered the digital fight to take home the car, the chances are that the first bid will also be a winning offer. The Cutlass will likely sell at less than $2k to someone only interested in a cheap driver.
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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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