This Oldsmobile 442 isn't just a fine example of its era, it's also
a rolling marker of a pivotal time in the brand's history. Prior to
its arrival, the 442 wasn't even a model per se, but rather only an
option package made available on the very popular Cutlass - a
package deriving its name from the included four-barrel carb, 4
speed transmission and dual exhausts. But when this '68 rolled off
the assembly line, it represented something very different - a
muscle car with an identity very much all its own.
This 442 sports its factory correct color of Ocean Turquoise, accented with vertical stripes running down both of its front fenders also serving to highlight its "442" badges in the process. Though correct for the car, it's not commonly seen which makes it very eye-catching as it is. You can easily see how, with its looks combined with serious power, this model made an immediate impact when it hit the market. A number of its styling cues illustrate how intent Olds was on making the 442 stand out from its competition: the long expanse of chrome running from the front of the car back along the top of the fender and doors before merging with the window trim, that subtly louvered hood and the pair of twin wide-set headlights in front are a few examples. It's a stylish example of its era, with more curvature and a broader, more muscular look than its predecessors - a look amplified by its clear glass and well fitted body panels throughout. Still retaining a stock stance, it has a relatively low center of gravity that confers a sense of agility.
The all black interior is understated but plenty stylish. While this Olds started out life with a front bench seat, a set of buckets now reside in its place. The job was done seamlessly and the buckets are looking particularly fresh, as does the bench seat in the back. Still well-padded and without any obvious compression, it doesn't appear that this is an interior that's seen a lot of passenger traffic. The original Oldsmobile steering wheel is mounted on the factory tilt column and the factory gauges are in place with nice clear lenses, along with a trio of aftermarket gauges mounted under the dash in the usual location. In back, a full-sized spare sits in the spacious trunk area. There is all kinds of luggage capacity in this muscle car, proclaiming passengers are welcome to join you on future asphalt adventures.
Outfitted with a 455 cubic inch big block V8 and a 4 speed manual transmission, this car promises to be a blast to drive. An Edelbrock Torker intake, crowned by a chrome air cleaner and Holley 4 barrell carburetor has been added to take things up a notch in the performance department. This is a well-detailed engine compartment, with fresh-looking hoses and no errant wiring to be seen. With its factory power steering, maneuvering in city conditions becomes a lot more palatable. Take a look underneath and you'll see an unusually clean undercarriage: nice, straight, smooth frame rails and floor pans and a rear housing, exhaust system and suspension showing a dry look free of spills and road grime. In the back, a sway bar has been added to help keep things level while cornering. Featuring power brakes on all four corners with discs up front, this 442 sits on a set of stock Oldsmobile rims whose interiors surrounding the hubcaps have been painted the same turquoise blue as the exterior - definitely a cool look for a vintage car like this.
Looking for a well-equipped Oldsmobile powerhouse that also has the distinction of heralding its own chapter in muscle car history? This 442 is the one for you. Call today!