Pro Street is a love it or hate it genre. Sure, big blown motors, narrowed axles and Mickey Thompson ET Streets have a certain charm to them, but there was another side to Pro Street, one of wild paint jobs, overdone interiors, and very little in the way of performance. Whatever side of the fence you sit on regarding Pro Street cars, they have managed to endure for decades and we still see new ones being built. But whatever happened to the older builds?
Well, this particular 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass is sitting on eBay right now with a $16,500 price tag and it’s a throwback to the Street Machine Nationals coverage I would read in Hot Rod and Car Craft way back when. The usual list of parts is involved: a 455ci V8 that looks more dressed than built (though the listing’s thin information doesn’t help matters), a TH400 automatic with a manual valve body and a 3500rpm stall converter, a narrowed Ford 9-inch with 4.88 gears and a spool on a four-link system, paintwork that had to cost an arm and a leg, and an interior rework that involves a lot of tan leather. Nothing too shocking there, right?
Here’s where I’m torn. On one hand, this is a well-preserved example of the types of builds that you saw over twenty years ago. The paint looks good, the interior has held up very well, and if the 455 is as mild as I believe it is, this would make a cool cruiser. Then again, the paint and interior rub me the wrong way…I’d have the interior and under hood visually restored, and the paint would go to a factory color that was a little subdued, like Sherwood Green. What do you think?