The car is a 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe (got to love that Oldsspeak). It was built in GM's Oshawa plant early in the model run in1967, and sold in Halifax in November of 1967 at Bob McDonald Chevrolet-Oldsmobile to Ms. Verna Johnston. Over the next 26 years she put a little over 28,000 miles on the car before I bought it from her in November of 1993. Originally a metallic blue-green, I had it repainted in 1968's Scarlet color using Sikkens urethane base-clear when I had some bodywork taken care of in the spring of 1994. I've replaced the springs, shocks and tires, added 1968 model SuperStock II wheels, a rear sway bar and dual exhausts, rechromed the bumpers, and generally detailed the car. The interior is almost all original and near-perfect, although I've added the proper clock, AM/FM radio and replaced the package tray.

The car now has 35,000 miles on it and in the summer of '95 carried me 1300 miles in 3 days on a round trip to Portland, Maine, probably the longest run of its life. The engine is the original 350 Rocket 2-barrel with a Jetaway automatic transmission, although I'm planning to convert it to an original 4-barrel in the near future and possibly do some mild hop-up work as well. The car is used as a semi-daily driver although that's not really a fair description since it only gets used a couple of times a week at most. It's a fun car to drive, reliable and strong, and brings out the little boy in the owner, a 1956-model Leo, still single, born and raised in Halifax and who works for the Province of Nova Scotia. The car is a cousin to the other toy in the owner's life, a 1964 Buick Skylark convertible, also restored and used only on sunny days.

Send Mail to Greg Beaulieu... ab348@ccn.cs.dal.ca