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1968 Oldsmobile

442

1968 Oldsmobile

442

The 1968 442 finally became its own model from 1968 through 1971.

Engine displacement stayed at 400ci, but was based on the new 455 cranktrain and the bore decreased. Torque now came on earlier mostly due to a milder base cam grid.

The '68 442s had unique rear bumpers with exhaust cutouts and special exhaust tips, and it was the first year Olds first partnered with Hurst Performance to create the Hurst/Olds rather than just adding Hurst shifters as with earlier models.

These Hurst/Olds cars began with a limited regular production run of 515 and were painted Peruvian Silver with liberal black striping and white pinstripes, exterior and interior H/O badging, and a real walnut wood dash insert.

Mechanically, they had two drivetrain combos. A red 455 ci were backed by modified W-30 Turbo 400 transmissions. A/C cars got a W-46 engine while non A/C cars got a W-45 engine, both rated at 390 hp.



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Performance Specs

Available Engines
W-30

400ci

1x4bbl

360 hp

440 lb-ft

400 V8

400ci

1x4bbl

350 hp

440 lb-ft

L66

400ci

1x2bbl

290 hp

425 lb-ft

Hurst/Olds

455ci

1x4bbl

390 hp

500 lb-ft

400 V8

400ci

1x4bbl

330 hp

440 lb-ft

Transmissions
  • 4-Speed Manual Wide Ratio
  • 3-Speed Turbo Hydra-Matic
  • Heavy-Duty 3-Speed
  • 4-Speed Manual Close Ratio
Engine
0 to 60 MPH
Quarter Mile
Source

400ci/325hp Turbo Hydra-Matic

7.0 sec

15.13 sec @ 92 mph

Car Life

W-30

6.3 sec

13.3 sec @ 103.6 mph

Car Craft

Hurst/Olds

5.4 sec

13.9 sec @ 103 mph

n/a

Paint & Color

Exterior Colors

Ebony Black

Twilight Teal

Provincial White

Sapphire Blue

Nocturne Blue

Teal Frost

Willow Gold

Ocean Turquoise

Cinnamon Bronze

Flambeau Bugundy

Silver Green

Scarlet

Jade Gold

Ivory

Juneau Gray

Silver Beige

Buckskin

Saffron

Peruvian Silver

Interior Colors

Black

Lt. Blue

Red

Pearl

Med. Blue

Ivy Gold

Production Numbers

Sports Coupe

4,282

Hardtop Coupe

24,183

Convertible

5,142

Total

33,607

Total Production

67,214

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