1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon Coupe 350 from North America
A nice disco cruiser
Clock stopped working.
Seats are wearing some.
Needed an compressor and A/C recharge.
Engine partially rebuilt with new rings, valve seals, carb rebuild.
Alternator died, starter.
A nice car; easy to look at and distinctive.
Interior layout is nice, deep set gauges are easy to read.
Waterfall grille looks cool.
Not the best on gas; if you're after that, go for next year's downsized Olds.
Power is OK for the car.
Interior is very comfortable, with bucket seats and console.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th November, 2005
2nd Jun 2011, 05:11
I have a 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon 2 door coupe. I was told the motor size was 455 cubic. Did they come with this size motor? And there are 3 of this model in all Australia left, can you please give me some feedback if this is true?
And last, please can you give me a rough idea what this car is worth? It has low klms and very original, excellent condition all around. I've never had any problems with it.
My email is email@example.com. Please send me some information on this car. Thank you.
How many MPG do you get? I LOVE my '77 Cutlass S 4 door! It is a dream to drive! It's not about speed, it's just a great ride!
1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme brougham 403 from North America
If they could improve the gas mileage WOW!!!
Nothing to really note. The clock stopped working (typical) and the Alternator light kept coming on even after replacing the alternator. So the bulb was removed. I hear it was possible a short in the ground wire.
This car is incredible to cruise in. It moves like oil on Ice. Extremely smooth!! The V8 403 engine (thou a gas hog) makes the power come on like nothing else is of much concern.
Too truly know what its like to drive one. Seat in your front room on your couch/sofa and pretend your driving cross country. That's the feeling!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 24th March, 2004
20th May 2005, 10:19
FYI: The bullet-proof Olds 403 cid was also used in the '77-'79 Pontiac Trans AM. GM stopped using it in 1980 a poor decision and a real shame.
26th May 2005, 11:46
The 403 was nothing more than a boat anchor. It's glory was only 185 horsepower and there isn't much aftermarket for them. The 455 and 350 Rockets were the good Oldsmobile engines.
27th Nov 2008, 08:43
The problem with the 403 was low compression and tiny intake ports. Due to the low compression I've seen many people put performance intakes on these motors superchargers and dyno close to 500 HP.
Not everyone is like you. For most people 185 horsepower and huge amounts of torque - well over 300 pound/feet in most applications - are just fine. With the added benefit that low-stressed underpowered torquey motors hooked up to relatively high gearing last a long, long time. So, again, the 403 (or the similar 307 I had in many a car) are just fine for the non-drag-racer types that make up 99% of the cheap-used-car buying public.
12th May 2014, 08:34
To be brief, the 403 was nothing compared to the 455.
Well yeah, one was a big block and the other was a small block, but both were reliable.
11th Jul 2014, 17:29
I didn't know the 77 Olds Cutlass also had a big block engine.
In my younger years I purchased a 76 Olds Cutlass Supreme Brougham, which was one of the better cars on the road at that time. It had a rare big 455 cubic engine with a lot of power for that point in history. The car had black velour seats, which were like sitting on your favorite couch while driving. The body was also black with a black full vinyl roof; it was a real eye catcher. I would often have people complimenting me on what a beautiful car I drove.
Selling that car was one of the biggest mistakes I ever made. I've owned many nice cars over the years, but the 76 Olds was special to me.