1965 Oldsmobile 442 Coupe
The "4-4-2" name (pronounced "Four-four-two") derives from the original car's four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, and dual exhausts (Some maintain that the '2' indicated positive traction rear differential). It was originally written "4-4-2" (with badging showing hyphens between the numerals) and remained hyphenated throughout Oldsmobile's use of the designation. Beginning in 1965, the 4-4-2s standard transmission was a 3-speed manual along with optional 2-speed automatic and 4-speed manual, but were still badged as "4-4-2"s. By 1968 badging was shortened to simply "442", but Oldsmobile brochures and internal documents continued to use the "4-4-2" model designation.
This consignment born on the second week of December 1965 in Fremont California, 4-4-2 Sports Coupe has undergone major restoration with some nifty upgrades. Now in pristine condition, and not an original car, parts are still in consigner's possession to make it a numbers matching car if you want to. It's nice to have options!
Saffron Yellow respray extremely well done showing very little faults, covers the exterior of the straight steel panels. The side scoops were restored, and new bumpers were put on. 15” Stage 1 wheels were put on, and redline tires wrapped around them. A black painted contrasting top balances out the Saffron, as does the chrome and black, below the belt molding, that stretches the length of the car. Chrome door and window sill moldings from the factory appear in very nice condition. Chrome roof drip moldings have been optioned in as well.
Showroom condition black split back vinyl bench seating in front, and a bench in back fill in the passenger compartment. Nice black carpet with rubber protective heavy-duty individual mats, a Hurst shifter, original restored beautiful 2 tone steering wheel, and near factory dash, show off themselves to the seats, and the passengers who sit in them. A perfect tight black vinyl headliner hangs overhead, and interior lighting works like a charm. A triple aftermarket gauge cluster hangs below the dash, as well as a steering column mounted tachometer, just to keep track of the real essentials under the hood.
A 400ci V8 with a 4-Speed manual transmission which were both rebuilt, and repainted, can be seen with the pop of the hood. The mill sports Mondello ported Edelbrock aluminum heads, an MSD ignition, an Edelbrock intake, Quick Fuel carburetor, and Hooker Headers.
Very clean frame and floorpans, with upgrades such as front end steering and A frames replaced, all brakes and wheel cylinders replaced, as well as adding dual master cylinder power to the brakes. New U joints and driveshaft were put in, and a 2-1/2” Flowmaster performance exhaust snakes its way from front to back on the underside.
A beautiful execution for a full restoration, comes with original California Black plates, original top end of motor, steel wheels from the factory with dog dish caps, and he will throw in the close ratio 4-speed that was taken out. Add to this a dyno sheet, laminated sticker, and plenty of awards, and you'll be in early 442 heaven. And if you still have some apprehensions, come in and press the pedal to the floor and remove all doubt. Hello 1965!