James Jackson’s 1961 Cutlass Pushes Over 700-HP
Like No Cutlass Before It
James Jackson’s 1961 Oldsmobile Cutlass is truly a one-of-a-kind build. What started as a rusted and sun-beaten desert rat from Arizona has now been transformed into a classy custom build. Greening Auto Company got their hands on it and now there’s nothing on the car that hasn’t been touched. Inside and out, this should be a leading Cutlass on anyone’s list.
While the factory-installed engine would have put out something in the neighborhood of 180 HP, a new engine takes this Cutlass to over 700-horsepower. Of course, with that kind of power comes plenty of supporting mods. Included in the build was an independent rear suspension backed by a Currie TrueTrac differential. With modernized steering and handling upgrades, a Cutlass has never driven so smooth.
Most dramatically, the interior was given fresh orange-on-black upholstery while the back seat was eliminated entirely, adding more room for the driver and passenger. The custom-sewn racing seats complete with mini roll bars and 4-point harnesses immediately let you know you’re going to have fun before you ever even start the car. The analog gauges that were custom fit into the existing dashboard keep the look you want with modern drivability.
The exterior of this Cutlass was given the perfect paint job, but the rest of the body was kept mostly original. Jesse and Jeff of GAC did a spectacular job during the rebuild, and Jackson loves the results. The transformation from a desert decoration to a master creation took a close to a year. Credit for the build goes to the Greening Auto Company for having the Cutlass on hand and for having the skills and design insight to bring it to life. But, we also owe our appreciation to James Jackson; not only did he inspire the build in the first place, he lit the flame that got it done.