This next car sent me for a roller coaster of an emotional journey. It started with a simple thought; Hey, wow, finally a Hurst/Olds 442 with Lightning Rod shifters offered for a decent amount of money…next pic. Okay, the Lightning Rods are in place, red interior is dirty but intact. Next pic, wow, it comes with a bunch of spare engine parts, and even a spare engine block. Clicks next pic…oh…wait, that is a 2×4 holding the torque converter in place where the engine should be…oh. Find this 1983 Oldsmobile 442 Hurst/Olds offered for $3000 in Poughkeepsie, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
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!
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 […]