1970 Oldsmobile 442Originally conceived as a tool for competing with the Pontiac division's GTO in 1964, the 442 option for the Oldsmobile cutlass was basically a derivative of the "Police Apprehender" option for law enforcement which consisted of four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, and two-plate clutch. There were a few additional upgrades, including: hotter cam, police suspension with stiffer springs and bigger anti-roll bars--but it was the 4-barrell, 4-speed, dual-exhaust (though it has been suggested the 2-plate clutch may have been the "2" at question) for which the hotted-up 442 received its name.
Between 1968 and 1971 the Oldsmobile 442 became its own line, with its own trim and VIN codes to conclusively distinguish the potent 442 from mere pretenders. Additionally, in 1970 the corporate mandate that no motor could exceed the 400cid mark was lifted, and for the first time the 442 came standard with the potent 455cid V8.
This frame-off restored Twilight Blue Iridescent with blue interior 1970 Oldsmobile 442 rare post coupe features: rebuilt numbers correct 455cid 365hp (though it is widely known that Olds rated their HP on these cars very conservatively), Hurst Shifter, center console, bucket seats, factory 442 Ram Air hood, power steering, power front disc brakes, power electric trunk release, tilt-steering wheel, A/C, extensive restoration and parts receipts from 2005, and more.
This painstakingly restored muscle car classic is both potent and very rare. The savvy enthusiast or collector seeking one of the most sought after and collectible 442s from the period will know what to put beneath his tree this collector holiday season!