With the unprecedented success of the GTO, Oldsmobile was quick to
get in on the early muscle car action with the 442. By the time
this 1969 Oldsmobile 442 was built, the big A-body bruiser had
already established itself as a formidable performer, but made
specifically for grown-ups. And as such, it offers things like a
powerful 455, A/C, a sinister color combination, and a great
Ebony Black was not this 442's original color (that would be code 75 Aztec Gold), but the upgrade in hue makes it the perfect prowler on the streets. Oldsmobile wanted their muscle car to stand out, of course, but they didn't want to make too much noise (that would come in 1970, of course). So, in addition to the deep, dark paint, this one sports only a black vinyl roof, pinstripe outline on the hood scoops, and some bright 442 emblems to make it stand out. Fans will spot it instantly and there's simply nobody who can argue that the Olds isn't a great-looking car from any angle. The paint was probably refinished back when Obama was still president but it's holding up very well and has a great look that makes it ideal for local cruises where you can really drive the car. A few minor imperfections here and there don't detract from the overall presentation, and it's pretty obvious that this was not a car that was ever wrecked or rusty. The front end is a familiar Oldsmobile look, the chrome and trim is shiny, and there's just no mistaking that brutal dual snorkel 442 hood.
Okay, the black-and-tan interior is certainly not conventional, but it is purposeful. The Corbeau racing seats that strap the driver and front passenger down with 5-point harnesses are certainly an aftermarket upgrade, but things like the door panels and rear seats are stock. A completely custom dash composed of black and polished metal feeds into a matching center console housing a B&M shifter, and if that wasn't enough flash for you, the woodgrain Grant steering wheel and racing pedals just might be. Three round pods house Auto Meter white-face gauges while the Vintage Air controls are in a panel in the middle of the dash. The Kenwood AM/FM/CD head unit powers a stereo system aided by a Rockford-Fosgate amplifier mounted in the truck, which is nicely finished with a gray carpeted mat. A bit unorthodox, but comfortable and clean, this interior is built to handle any request.
You couldn't get a 455 in a 1969 Cutlass originally, but it sure does look in that detailed engine bay. Built by the pros at Phoenix about 14k miles ago, this big block has plenty of power to move that A-body around with ease. Up top there's an open-element air cleaner and MSD ignition, and even in stock form, an Olds big block is a formidable machine. With plenty of torque, moving the big coupe is effortless, and rather than pinning you back with explosive acceleration, this one moves like an electric locomotive with a feeling of inevitability about it. It's also bulletproof reliable, so you shouldn't be afraid to hit the road with this Cutlass. The underside is incredibly solid and shows no critical issues and nothing is hidden, so there will be no surprises. Long-tube headers feed a Flowmaster dual exhaust system and the built 4-speed automatic transmission just shrugs off the power running through it. Power steering makes the drive much more enjoyable, and power 4-wheel discs bring the whole show to an abrupt stop. Shiny 5-spoke wheels look right on this sinister black 442, and they wear fresh 275/40/17 blackwall radials for a performance look.
This Cutlass 442 has been beautifully restored and we have the restoration photos to prove it, and now it's time for you to enjoy one of the most under-rated muscle cars of the era. Call today!
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