When the Oldsmobile Cutlass debuted it was not actually a Cutlass at all, but rather a F-85 with an available Cutlass trim level. From there it would be spun-off into its own model spanning five generations and nearly three decades. In fact, the Cutlass name would become so popular during that time Oldsmobile would attempt to capitalize on this launching three new variants: Cutlass Ciera, Cutlass Supreme and Cutlass Calais. Retarded by their own hubris these new additions would never catch on and in fact go on to taint the Cutlass name.
However, through time and an appreciation for classics, particularly good old American muscle, the Cutlass name would be restored in the future thanks to the 442. The 442 was released in 1964, four years after the F-85 would hit the market and be the first year of the second generation. Eight years later, in 1972, the Cutlass 442 would be in the final year of its third gen run and this beauty would be born. The Rocket 455 V-8 engine with 300 hp and 410 lb-ft. of torque was, according to Motor Trend, capable of a 6.8 sec 0-60 time and a 15.2 sec @ 94.0 mph quarter-mile. The ’72 would further solidify its place in history when a 442 officially paced the Indianapolis 500 that year.
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