1970 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible
It's a real shame that so many enthusiasts overlook Oldsmobile when shopping for an awesome classic. Big block Chevelle's and aggressively styled GTOs seem to be naturals when it comes to muscle car wish lists. But, in reality, GM's 'more proper' divisions created some of the nastiest stoplight warriors ever unleashed on American streets. Oldsmobile, the General's humble technology division, definitely did its fair share to glorify the rise of Detroit.
This much awarded champion is a prime example of a much lauded “bar brawler in a tuxedo” sales mentality. Featuring an intense blue with white convertible top color combination and an impressive restoration, this pristine Olds is one of the coolest A-Bodies on the planet! And if you're looking for a solid, road-ready classic that'll turn heads and bring home trophies, this could be your tree lighting, rubber burning grocery getter!
Undergoing an extensive restoration, this car was painstakingly gone over to straighten all the steel, as well as redo the forced air dual intake fiberglass hood. After these details were taken care of, a fresh coat of Nocturne Mist was put on. All chrome was worked to perfection, badging renewed, and top which remains original, was checked for mechanicals. Super Stock 11 wheels wrapped in wide oval G70x14 RWL tires. Few faults are noted on this car!
Once completely gutted to facilitate the repainting and steel restoration, it now finds itself in showroom condition. Beautiful vinyl with upper button stitched square pattern with vertical stitched pleating below covers all the seats, which look like they have never been sat in, show the deluxe front and rear lap belts. Door panels also redone have a faux veneer running through stitched blue vinyl pattern looking similar to the seats. A restored dash with original matching gauges, factory air conditioning, faux wood grain and Nocturne Mist coated metal fronted by an original deluxe steering wheel with an X pattern and tilt away option. Power side windows, and a sports console top off the interior as excellent.
Contrary to popular belief the 442 designation is not from the engine displacement. This engine is actually a 455ci V8. Story goes that the 442 actually came from the introduction in 1964, and stands for 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed manual transmission, and 2 (dual) exhaust. This engine was removed from the car, revamped, repainted, and now sits proudly and very cleanly in the restored engine bay. All working ready to light up the rear tires. This car also has a 3-speed automatic transmission. (Does this make it a 432?!)
No rust, no surface rust, very nicely done, showing power front disc brakes, a heavy-duty performance axle package (3:23) rally suspension, and a shiny new dual exhaust system snaking its way from the engine to the rear chrome tipped pipes.