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A supercharged 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass with purple paint performs a tremendous wheelie.

The Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, like many other American nameplates that emerged in the 1960s, evolved into a muscle car toward the end of the decade and then morphed into a rather boring, Malaise-era vehicle.

The fourth-generation A-body is the Cutlass's least desirable variant. It shared many body panels with other GM vehicles, and the engine options weren't particularly appealing.

However, none of this matters if you're building a massively powerful dragster out of a late 1970s Cutlass shell.

And that's exactly what Jason Schubert, three-time World Power Wheelstanding champion, did. Beyond the shell, this 1978 Cutlass Supreme has very little in common with the production car.

It's finished in a rather psychedelic shade of metallic purple (with blue highlights and a matching interior).

The interior is a full-fledged racing cockpit with aluminum panels and modern features, as well as a purple dashboard and roll cage. Of course, whatever GM engine was under the hood from the factory was replaced with an alcohol-injected mill.

The Chevrolet V8 has a displacement of 427 cubic inches (7.0-liter) and a large blower on top. The oomph is almost certainly in the four-digit range, but this Cutlass isn't all about power and speed. Long wheelstands are Schubert's specialty.

Jason has been away from competition shows for two years, but he's eager to return. So he took his Cutlass dragster to Byron Dragway, where he used to race regularly, for a quick test.

And, needless to say, he can still drive his beefed-up Olds with the front wheels up in the air.

Jason hits the strip right off the trailer in the video , covering nearly half of the quarter-mile with a wheelstand. That's how you use a Cutlass from the Malaise era!


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