1971 Olds Cutlass SX Convertible
Mike Izzi, Feasterville, PA
When Mike Izzi was just a young, budding gearhead, his dad used to always stop at the same Sunoco station where a tough-looking Olds convertible sat off to the side. Mike stared at it whenever he was along for the ride, and long before he could drive, he knew he'd found his car. Once he turned 16, Mike inquired whether the car was for sale every time he stopped to fill up his dad's tank. The answer was always "No." He was persistent though, and one day the answer changed. Mike couldn't get the $2,000 out of the bank fast enough.
Mike knew what 442s, W-30s, and Hurst Olds were, but he'd never heard of an SX. After a little research, he found that it was a package only offered in '70 and '71, and that there were only 357 convertibles made in '71. Sounds like a candidate for stock restoration, at least according to many Olds aficionados he's run across, but Mike's plan was to enjoy the Olds-its rarity be damned.