Power comes from a stout 350 cubic inch Oldsmobile V8, which is a distinct creature from its GM corporate cousins. Wearing Oldsmobile Gold paint and a few dress-up parts, it’s a fun, reliable, and torquey powerplant that suits this ragtop quite well. The engine bay is very clean, with a lot of new parts, including the intake manifold, 4-barrel carburetor, and alternator. It starts with that familiar Oldsmobile starter chatter and settles into a nice idle, burbling through long-tube headers and Flowmaster mufflers. It’s linked to a quick-shifting TH350 3-speed automatic transmission and a 10-bolt rear end, so the powertrain is reliable and durable. Other upgrades include recent shocks at all four corners and in back you’ll note there are polished exhaust tips poking out through the 442 bumper openings. Ultra-clean floors mean this car isn’t from the rust belt and it sits on shiny 5-spoke alloy wheels with 225/70/15 front and 235/70/15 rear performance radials.

Fort Worth, Texas, United States