OG-Body: 1987 Oldsmobile 442
What is the top of the market for a 1987 Oldsmobile 442 with 50k miles on the odo…wait, FULL STOP. What is the market for an ’87 Olds 442 basket case that needs a complete restoration, BUT it only has 53k miles on the 5-digit odo? That’s an entirely different story and I’m not sure what to think about this next car. If you are a G-Body fan, you might love it, but don’t expect your mother-in-law to swoon at the sight of 442 with faded paint. Find this 1987 Oldsmobile 442 offered for $6,500 in Grants Pass, OR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
From the seller:
1987 oldsmobile 442
cylinders: 8 cylinders
paint color: grey
title status: clean
This is a very nice rust free, one owner, low mileage, 53-k 87′ oldsmobile cutlass 442 it’s not a clone. It was special ordered with every available option,,with the exception of t-tops, small 307 c.i. with surprisingly good power with true daul exhaust,,and a factory 4 barrel carburetor, with 4 speed automatic transmissions, and 3:73.1 g-80 8.5 posi rear end. I bought this 442 up in salem and drove it over twoo hundred miles home, and got over 23 m.p.g. runs and it drives like a new car, with no rattles, shakes, etc. Runs cool, and has great oil pressure also, I replaced the instrument cluster with a nicer unit,,because the needles on gauges were broken,,and as you can see in picture, has surface rust from moisture because it was sitting outside for 14 year’s.. but it was started regularly, and even though it was not driven, the original owner paid for tags every two years, and kept a dash cover on it since it was new, so the dash pad is very nice,,with zero cracks! And no interior fading at all. With a professional interior detail I would rate it at a 9 out of 10,,,
I have redone the headliner, and sunvisors do to sagging with the original materials,,and also installed a new carpet kit! The door panels, and seats are original to the car and in excellent condition with literally no wear, pretty amazing considering it’s over 30 something year’s old, the body is in excellent shape,,with no rust, dents, dings, typical silver gray paint, is history! DEFINITELY needs paint!!! I have been a body man and painter for over 35 year’s, if I repaint it, in base, clear,,color sand and buff it,, I will sale for 12.500,, or as is needing paint, for 6.500 that is a fair price for a g-body , this car is the same platform as a monte carlo SS , buick t-type, grand national, they are becoming quite popular these days,, there was one just like mine on e- bay recently for 27-k ??? What was he smokin! Well as the ol’ sayin goes, there’s an ass for every seat,, I have done several maintenance upgrades in the last few months, such as oil change, coolant flush, new u-joints, blower motor, door, trunk locks, with new g.m. key’s, new rear defogger switch on dash, the factory air is functioning,,but is low on freon, but i have been hoarding two cans of R-12 that I will include in sale,, I paid a 100 buck’s a can, I also will include brand new 442 decal kit, and the thin chrome trim piece that goes around right headlite and right grille hafe, I found it in n.c. on e-bay. 200 buck’s they were proud of it, but it’s a one year only part,,, the original space saver spare is in trunk, the trunk is,also rust free, and still has the original option sticker on the underside of deck lid! I have three of the original ss2 442 wheels, but the fourth one is missing in action! It currently has a set of ugly z-28 wheels,,which do nothing for the looks,,if I don’t get my asking price, I’m putting a wide set of crager ss, and painting it black, olds guy’s won’t like it cause it won’t be the factory color, but the gray is ugly, compared to a high gloss black,, with the gold 442 decals,, anyway, I’m sure your tired of reading,,and I’m tired of typing! Thank’s for your time in reading my ad!
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He’s right about the wheels. There must be a manual trans that could drop in. I’d keep the patina, my mother-in-law would like it fine.
The wheels might look better without the “dirt wall” tires that look a little fat in the aspect ratio. Argent grey in place of the black might work also.
I think you’re on track with how to improve the wheels there; they don’t quite look right but don’t look totally off-base either. I can’t see the seller’s suggestion of Cragars working at all. Center Line Auto Drags or Weld Draglites, maybe.
This one looks like it mostly needs some new paint and a good cleaning, making it a pretty decent price by pandemic project car standards.
Mathematics was never my best subject, but seeing that the seller bought this car from the original owner, doesn’t that make it a two owner car?
No lightning rods, no care….the shifter looks like a Charlie Brown x-mas tree by comparison