As the fuel and emissions crisis hit automakers in the early 1970s they had a few options to maintain performance on their vehicles. One was to downsize the vehicle like Ford did with the Mustang II, another option was to add technology like fuel injection or turbochargers like Porsche with the 911 Turbo…or you could go down the Oldsmobile route and pray the suspension and tires were crappy enough to make the car feel fast and add some gaudy stickers to make the car look fast. Add the swiveling captain’s ejector seat and you are gonna have a smash success…except that Olds didn’t sell 10k of these cars in 1976…so…yeah. Anyway, 45 years later, this thing looks wicked. Find this 1976 Oldsmobile 442 offered for $12,500 in Denison, TX via craigslist.
From the seller:
1976 oldsmobile cutlass 442
title status: clean
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1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442. VIN 3G37F6M153403. Rebuilt, 260 V8 (original engine) with an extremely rare, factory 5 speed overdrive transmission (rebuilt). Only 9,576 442’s were built in 1976 and just a handful were equipped with the 5 speed manual transmission. Has power steering and power disc brakes (not equipped with AC). Blue exterior with white 442 graphics. Blue cloth interior with the rare swivel strato-bucket seats. BF Goodrich tires on 15×7 Rally Wheels. Dual exhaust. Runs excellent. Drives great. Very solid body with rust-free, original floors. Nice, shiny paint. Interior looks great. Rebuilt engine, rebuilt transmission, new clutch, new shocks, new steering linkage. Rare, collector car. Dependable – drive anywhere. Odometer reads 39,331 miles.
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