Tribute to the 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
This artistic represents the 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme with it 350 cubic inch cylinder displacement 238 horsepower road conquering engine. They are a thing of the past now, collectors’ items. It is unrealistic for me and most people to have a car collection of original scale. But maybe we can keep things like this. Mementos and keepsakes preserve our memory of the past. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worst?
What you see in this representation are the hood louvers from our families 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme mounted to a sand textured black gloss background, meant to resemble the pavement or tar of a road or racetrack. I kept the extra set of Louvers; I had on hand, when I sold the car in 1991 for $350.00. That’s $1 a horse I got, for the twenty year old car. The Yellow paint on the outer edge the lines of a road. The Louvers centered in this, abstractly remind me of wings, a further reverence to an original American era. And indeed I believe there was a war plane named Cutlass, but I’ll leave that story to those patient enough for internet research.
I have many stories regarding this car, like how I let a trainee at the service station I worked for drive it to get us lunch and he couldn’t understand how it took off so fast from the stoplight. I had made some secret modifications. As you get older your more concerned with mileage per gallon.
The 1971 Cutlass lives on.
Thomas Paul Murphy
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