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.
This next car won’t last long, because it is either a great deal or a big time scam. Or there are some serious issues that aren’t visible in the few photos provided by the seller…but you don’t see tri-carb powered big block muscle cars with manual gearboxes offered for this cheap. Find this 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass […]
The 1987 Oldsmobile 442 was the swan song for the pseudo hotrod G-body coupe. The 442 couldn’t hold the Buick Grand National’s jock strap in terms of outright speed, but it still was a desirable car. These special models were fully equipped and had many options you would have thought should have come standard on […]
1972 was the last year for the 3rd generation Cutlass based on the GM A-body platform, and you could get a number of different configurations including; a 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe, 2-door vert, 4-door hardtop, and 2-door hardtop. Imagine if GM offered any car today in that many configurations…it would be chaos! Find this 1972 Oldsmobile […]
It’s an unfortunate thing that the grand Olds 442 became analogous to season 7 of Bewitched or Bob Dylan’s 36th studio album. Once quite good, by 1979 the 442 was patiently awaiting a death that no one was willing to execute. Find this 1979 Oldsmobile 442 for sale in Charlotte, NC for an undisclosed amount of […]
You are a recently divorced industrial fastener salesman based out of some podunk central California farming town and you’ve got a few grand…well, more than a few grand to throw away on a muscle car. With a budget of fifteen large, you head to the SF Bay Area car shows and start to imagine burning […]
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 […]
Oldsmobile first used the 442 designation on the F-85 Cutlass A-Body to describe its combination of 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed manual transmission, and 2 exhausts. The 442 name was used on a number of A-body and later G-body cars, but in 1990 it was applied to the N-body Cutlass Calais. Except the Cutlass had no barrels […]
The original Hurst/Olds 442 was released in 1968 with Rocket 455 V8 power and a Hurst shifted gearbox, but by the time the 1984 version was released, the engine had been downsized to a 307 LG8 V8 and it now used a 4-speed auto. Before the purists break out the sharpened clutchforks, the 83-84 Hurst/Olds is still fun to drive because it used a thing called the Hurst Lightning Rod shifter, which looks like something you’d use to arm/fire a giant planet destroying laser beam from your fully operational intergalactic battle station. Find this 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst/Olds 442 with Rocket 455 power here on eBay currently bidding for $9,200 with 3 days to go, located in Cleveland, OH.
In 1968 the Oldsmobile 442 became its own model, having previously been an option available on the Cutlass F85 line. The 4-4-2 moniker still stood for four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, and two exhaust pipes, but it ditched the Cutlass part. In time it has become a muscle car icon, ranking up there with Pontiac’s […]