Sharp Cutlass: 1991 Oldsmobile Quad 442

In the case of the Olds 442’s after 1972, this historic numerical acronym usually stood for 4 empty Icehouse cans, 4 lottery tickets, and 2 mini-spares. The Quad442, however, started to inject some much-needed credibility back into the iconic moniker.  Find this 1991 Oldsmobile Quad442 for sale in place, CA for $2,800 via craigslist.  This car was offered for $3,800 in Las Vegas almost a year ago


The front-wheel-drive Cutlass wasn’t much to get excited about and for some reason, GM sought to change that. The H.O. Quad 4 was developed and paired with a close-ratio 5-speed manual, both of which were shared with the arguably more attractive Oldsmobile Achieva SCX. This car looks to be one of the cleaner 442’s in existence, though its owner’s valuation of nearly three grand with a smoked clutch is not yet a reality in this market.

The H.O. version of the Quad 4 was good for 180hp in the W-40 option package cars and 190hp in the W-41. Both are very respectable specific outputs for a naturally aspirated American engine from the early 90’s, especially when only five years prior the top-of-the-line 307 made less power with more than twice the displacement. Electronic controls truly brought about a quantum leap in engine performance during this time period.

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Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market, spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them, and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.