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1963 Oldsmobile F85 Deluxe Cutlass Convertible - Junkyard Crawl

Don't Cut This Cutlass

By Steve Magnante, Photography by Steve Magnante

The auto industry is an amazing thing. Thanks to fierce competition, designers must make continuous changes to (hopefully) keep potential customers from checking out the other guy's stuff. It's a high-stakes game of chess. This '63 Olds F85 Deluxe Cutlass convertible is a great example. It has a bigger one-year-only body than its '61 to '62 predecessor. One-year vehicles are especially expensive to manufacture because the development and tooling costs cannot be spread out over several years. So if the car is a sales flop, it really shows up on the bottom line. Fortunately, Olds' bigger-is-better strategy paid off and 118,811 F85 models of all types sold-versus 95,095 in 1962 and 76,394 in 1961. Let's ponder this neat '63-only Olds Cutlass ragtop.

Groovy Factoids

  • 99 percent of '63 Oldsmobiles were built with automatic transmissions.
  • Oldsmobile adopted the Cutlass name from a Korean Conflict-era Navy jet and first applied it to the two-seat experimental Cutlass GM Motorama dream car in 1954. The first production car to use the name was the '61 Cutlass, the top offering of the F85 compact car line.

By Steve Magnante
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