This 1967 Oldsmobile 442 convertible is one heck of a good-looking
car. It's mostly stock, although there's now a thumping 455 in
place of the original 400, and those wheels definitely make a
statement. If you're a fan of the Rocket brand, this is a car that
looks right no matter where you go.
There's no mistaking the Olds front end and the elegant, restrained look of the rest of the car suits the brand's upscale image perfectly. This particular 442 shows off a very nice paint job in vivid Spanish Red, which seems like an appropriate choice. Check out how straight the bodywork is, the clean gaps, and the bright shine on the paint, all of which make this car seem far more expensive than it is. You'll also note a few louvers in the hood, performance-oriented hood pins, and a distinct lack of stripes or spoilers, so it's a grown-up's muscle car. A big part of that is the chrome and stainless trim, which was surely restored at the same time yet still sparkles like new and offers a bright contrast to the red paint. Proper 442 badges were installed wherever necessary, adding authenticity without distracting from the overall look.
A big part of the 442 formula was a 4-speed gearbox (that's ostensibly what the second '4' is for), and it's planted between a set of black bucket seats that are in excellent condition. The original-looking seat covers are probably replacements, but things like the door panels, back seat, and the console are likely original, so it has a wonderful all-of-a-piece feel that is neither too old nor too fresh. Big, round gauges fill the instrument panel ahead of the driver and they, too, are in original condition with crisp markings seeming to hover over the needles spinning behind them, and the tach is just too cool. There's a digital AM/FM radio is over there in the middle of the dash, right below the controls for the power convertible top, which folds neatly into the well with the touch of a button. The trunk is bare but doesn't show any signs of the dreaded tin worm, so it'll be easy to get a replacement mat and take it up a notch.
The 400 cubic inch Oldsmobile V8 was dumped in favor of a thundering 455 cubic inch mill that's all about torque. Looking very much like it was born there, the gold engine fills the engine bay and looks the part of a muscle car powerplant. Famous for torque production, the big Olds remains luxury-car friendly, with a smooth idle and enough grunt to get the big convertible moving without seeming to work very hard. The aforementioned 4-speed manual is always cool in an Oldsmobile, and a set of long-tube headers and Flowmaster mufflers give it a fantastic soundtrack that's very distinctive. It's mostly original underneath, but that's OK because this car has led an easy life, and those flashy REV aluminum wheels and staggered 245/40/18 front and 255/35/20 performance radials give it plenty of attitude.
Beautiful to look at and a joy to drive, this cool Olds combines the best aspects of a restored car with the feel of a survivor, making it a very appealing package. Call now!