You already know that we think the Oldsmobile A-bodies are some of the best-looking of the period, and this 1972 Cutlass takes those good looks, adds a few choice 442-sytle upgrades, and delivers a V8 punch that looks and runs great. If you aren''t an Oldsmobile guy yet, you will be. Painted bright Matador Red and wearing a blacked-out 442 ram air hood and stripes certainly keeps this car from being subtle, but you have to admit that it does give off a high-class vibe which only comes from its Oldsmobile DNA. We''ve always liked the semi-fastback profile of the A-body, and when combined with the gently flared quarter panels on the Cutlass, it definitely looks muscular and ready for speed. Following a frame-off restoration about six years ago, the bright red paint is nicely done, not perfect, but plenty good enough to draw a crowd at the local cruise night and show up proudly at the national meets. It''s shiny in all the right places, with black hood stripes to give it an aggressive edge that was sorely lacking in showrooms in 1972. Gaps are good and that fiberglass hood fits very well; they''re often a challenge and even the factory had trouble getting it right. The black vinyl top is in good order with no visible evidence of trouble spots underneath, and the chrome bumpers look quite good against the bright red paint. The standard Cutlass interior was always a nice place to spend some time, and it remains pretty much as the factory intended today. Newer seat covers on both bench seats, correct door panels with woodgrain inserts, and plus carpets protected by matching mats give it a finished look. The woodgrained steering wheel warms things up and works rather well with the woodgrained dash, which houses the usual set of Oldsmobile gauges. They didn''t dress it up or make big alterations to the stock specs, instead sticking to the factory look, but it does include desirable factory A/C and even the original AM radio in the dash, which has cool knurled knobs that you just can''t get anywhere else. Climb in back and you''ll see what full-sized comfort really meant and even the trunk is spacious despite a full-sized spare. Oldsmobile''s Rocket 350 was still potent in 1972, delivering V8 entertainment on a budget, and with a few choice upgrades, it''s even more fun to drive today. There''s a new intake and 4-barrel carb that certainly wake things up a bit, and the Oldsmobile Gold valve covers and engine look right in the satin black engine bay. Add in a set of torque-enhancing long-tube headers and a pleasant-sounding dual exhaust system with trumpets, and you get a great cruiser that doesn''t mind stretching its legs on road trips. The transmission is a TH350 3-speed automatic driving the original 10-bolt rear end, and it was fitted with new shocks all around about six months ago. With a fresh tune-up, it starts easily and purrs with that distinctive Oldsmobile sound and it lives up to its bright red image on the street. SS1 wheels give it a different look from the usual Rally IIs and they''re wrapped in fat 215/70/14 front and 245/60/14 rear Goodyear radials. You can''t touch a Chevelle or a GTO this nice at this price, and with the various upgrades, it''s not hard to imagine this car going toe-to-toe with its siblings. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Charlotte showroom. For more information, please call (704) 598-2130 or toll free (866) 542-8392.