In 1968, the 442 became an official Oldsmobile model. Previously an
option package for the Cutlass model, the 442 became synonymous
with performance. 4-4-2s, originally representing 4-barrel
carburetor, four-speed transmission and dual exhaust, were built
for sheer performance and luxury. 1970 was the pinnacle year for
Oldsmobile in terms of performance engineering. The horsepower arms
race was at its peak in America and Oldsmobile was not going to be
outdone. It's success in the race was confirmed as the 442 was
chosen as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 in 1970.
This 1970 442 is the result of an outstanding frame-off
restoration. The matching numbers 455ci V8, the first 455ci engine
ever allowed by GM, is tied to an automatic transmission, both of
which were rebuilt during the restoration. When you approach the
car, it becomes obvious that the nearly $18,000 invested in paint
was well spent as the Hugger Orange with white longitudinal
striping defines perfection. On the inside, the car's Parchment
interior pops against the black carpeting a wood trim dash. This
442 is loaded with options, including Air Conditioning, power top,
twin-scooped fiberglass hood,bucket seats, power steering, front
disc brakes, bucket seats, Hurst Dual Gate shifter and more.
Unless stated otherwise, mileage shown on odometer is exempt and
unknown if original.
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