1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442
via: GM

39: 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442

There was a time when the automotive industry was filled with different brands all vying for your consumer dollars. The 2008 recession killed off most of these other brands and thus you have the automotive makes that you see today. But Oldsmobile was an influential carmaker with a lot of say in the automotive world. Oldsmobile pioneered the first consumer airbag system in addition to other firsts. The 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 is often forgotten in the fray of Chevelle SS’s and Buick GNX models.

1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442
via: GM

But if you wanted a real no-frills muscle car at the time, the 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 was the one to pick. The iconic no-frills look of the car and the masterful performance made the 442 stands out from just about every other car. The performance was notable and the shared platform with the Chevelle made parts dirt cheap.

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