If you want high-visibility, maximum performance, and plenty of
luxury, all with a side of open-air fun, then this 1969 Oldsmobile
442 tribute should grab your attention. It's beautifully done in
bright orange, so it definitely ain't subtle, but the
strong-running 350 and long list of Oldsmobile comfort and
convenience features make it a great alternative to the usual
We'll admit that bright Hugger Orange on an Oldsmobile seems like blasphemy, but the original code 69 Platinum just didn't measure up to the excitement such a car should generate. So just recently it was torn down, smoothed, sanded, and prepped, then covered in that vivid orange paint, and wow, is it bright! The two-stage urethane gives it a fantastic shine and the white stripes in traditional 442 patterns were painted on, not decals, then buried under the clear coat so it has a very smooth, seamless look. The big, bold hood bulges practically lend themselves to the stripe treatment and outlining the wheel arches makes the car look even longer and lower than it is. Correct 442 badges have been placed in all the right spots, so it'll take an expert and a look under the hood to prove it's not a real 442. Other parts like the bumpers, the grilles, and the cool Oldsmobile rocket side marker lights add up to a car that has a lot of visual appeal, even up close.
The black interior works rather well with the orange bodywork and it's also been beautifully refinished. They used a higher-grade of vinyl than the factory, so it feels luxurious and upscale without losing the OEM feel thanks to keeping original-style patterns. There's a center console that makes this Olds feel sporty from behind the wheel, a feeling that's reinforced by the cool 4-spoke steering wheel and round instrument pods ahead of the driver. The gauge markings are big and bright and there's a brand new Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo head unit in the center of the dash, which powers a set of huge speakers stashed in the trunk. A nice-looking power white convertible top offers a glass rear window and the trunk is neatly finished with what might very well be the original mat.
Power comes from a stout 350 cubic inch Oldsmobile V8, which is a distinct creature from its GM corporate cousins. Wearing Oldsmobile Gold paint and a few dress-up parts, it's a fun, reliable, and torquey powerplant that suits this ragtop quite well. The engine bay is very clean, with a lot of new parts, including the intake manifold, 4-barrel carburetor, and alternator. It starts with that familiar Oldsmobile starter chatter and settles into a nice idle, burbling through long-tube headers and Flowmaster mufflers. It's linked to a quick-shifting TH350 3-speed automatic transmission and a 10-bolt rear end, so the powertrain is reliable and durable. Other upgrades include recent shocks at all four corners and in back you'll note there are polished exhaust tips poking out through the 442 bumper openings. Ultra-clean floors mean this car isn't from the rust belt and it sits on shiny 5-spoke alloy wheels with 225/70/15 front and 235/70/15 rear performance radials.
If you crave attention, this Olds will deliver. But if you simply want a fun ragtop with a comfortable interior and plenty of performance, well, this is also an excellent choice for that. Either way, you're getting a lot of car for the money. Call today!