New and Pre-owned Oldsmobile 442 for Sale
Believe it or not, but there are some people who believe that Oldsmobile was the very first company to manufacture a muscle car back in 1949. But later, in 1964, Oldsmobile returned with a 442-package with dual exhausts, four-speed manual transmission, and four-barrel carb engine. Still, Oldsmobile 442 for sale is available for car enthusiasts because of its exceptional handling and balanced performance. Below mentioned is the complete history of the Olds 442.
1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442: Oldsmobile 442 was the very first car that responded to Pontiac GTO. It came with police issued available equipment such as premium quality main bearings and rod and dual snorkel air cleaner. It got its name as 442 because it featured a four-speed transmission, four-barrel carburetor, and dual exhausts.
1965 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442: Unlike the 1964 model, the 1965 Oldsmobile 442 came with two doors as the four-door model was made optional. The company also upgraded the engine to 400 CID with 440 pound-feet and 345bhp. A convertible option was also launched that’s why Oldsmobile 442 Convertible for sale can also be found.
1966-67 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442: The base engine of the 1966 model of Oldsmobile 442 was upgraded to generate 5bhp more. The biggest news of this year regarding the car was the launch of the very first tri-cab option. There was a long list of options, including eight-axle ratios and five-transmission. Moreover, the company also offered a new performance option. It came with some internal engine modifications, front bumper opening, air-induction system. This option was known as Oldsmobile 442 W30, which was only provided for the triple-carb engine.
1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442: In 1967, the company offered two new engine options as the GM banned tri-carb setups. Moreover, the company also offered Oldsmobile 442 W30 as well that included heavy-duty springs, camshaft, fan shroud, special air ducts, and chrome valve covers.
1968 Oldsmobile 442: 1968 was one of the most dramatic years for Oldsmobile as 442 became its own model for the first time. It was still based on the A-body midsize platform of the Oldsmobile. But all the two-doors models based on A-body came with shapely new sheet metal and lost a three-inch wheelbase. Only 515 cars were manufactured in the whole 1968 year, and almost all of them today have astronomically high prices.
1969 and Onwards: In 1969 Oldsmobile continued to launch Oldsmobile 442 with more improvements and upgrades. Later in 1970, Oldsmobile came up with a new launch of its Rallye 350 engine. It’s one of the reasons why 1970 Oldsmobile 442 for sale usually have higher prices.
1971 was one of the saddest years for all the muscle car enthusiasts as it was the beginning of the end for them. All the engines of this year came with dropped power ratings and compression. In 1972 the Oldsmobile 442 became just an appearance and handling package with better appearing wheels and heavy-duty suspension.
The last model of the classic Oldsmobile 442 was launched back in 1973, and it's still known to be one of the most loved cars. It came with a new euro look
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