Wow – not too many 442s remain as original as this 1971 example is, nor do they still retain all of their desirable factory options like this car does. The Oldsmobile comes with the W30 package and a 4-speed manual transmission paired to the 455, and if that wasn’t good enough, the body is in incredible shape with original paint from stem to stern. You’ll find this survivor 442 here on eBay, where bidding has almost met the Buy-It-Now price of $39,750.
One of the more curious features of this 442 are the inner fenders, which were painted red and also considered light-weight, and only available on W30 cars. Since so many of these 442s were driven hard, most have had those fenders replaced due to accidents or rot, so finding a car that retains them is a top priority for fans of this model. It doesn’t hurt that the drivetrain is as original as the rest of the car, with numbers matching on all major components.
Inside, the un-cracked dash looks like brand new, and the seller says all glass and interior components remain original to the car. Even the lettering on the Hurst shifter handle still looks like new, and the luster to the steering wheel is usually one of the first things to disappear after just a few months of ownership. It’s clear that in addition to being used sparingly – it has only 40,000 miles – the previous owners lavished care and attention to the Oldsmobile from Day 1.
Sometimes, when it seems like everything about a car is perfect, it can be let down by a disappointing paint color code (see the Calypso Coral Mustang we featured yesterday that was covered up by ugly black paint). Not the case here, as this 442 also wears a gorgeous paint combo in addition to the best options. It’s clear to me that when ordered, the original owner wanted a car that ticked all the right boxes, literally and emotionally, and bidders are responding accordingly today.