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1970 Oldsmobile 442: Craigslist Find

Oldsmobile 442

I love a good success story! Well reader Adam B recently spotted an Olds 442 on craigslist and decided he needed to give it a new home. It’s now in his care and he decided to share it with us! From Adam – Here are a couple pictures of a 1970 442 I just purchased off Craigslist. These are the pictures that were posted with the ad. The owner has the original 455 block but unfortunately the 4 speed transmission has been replaced with an automatic, I will correct that mistake. The owner claims it has not moved in over 10 years and the tags show the last time it was registered was 1986. The body is in nice shape with only one rust spot behind the drivers side rear wheel. It is missing a lot of the interior and the grille, but the solid body and floors were more important to me.

1970 Olds 442

I want to wish Adam the best of luck with fixing this Olds back up! I have no doubt it will be a fun and impressive machine when he gets it put back together, especially with a 4 speed.  I also have to agree with him, I’d rather deal with trim and interior pieces, than replacing rusty floors and structural components. What about you? And if you’ve recently rescued a classic car, we’d love to hear about it, so please share!


  1. Jim

    Always better to find one that is rust free. The temptation is so great on some rust buckets you almost forget all the pain and suffering that went into the last one.

  2. JW

    Nice Find, love those cars.

  3. Jim C

    Nice find, reminds me of a 70 Olds Cutlass I restored for my ex-wife, dam I miss that car!! Would love to find one like yours. Good Luck with it.

  4. Danger Dan

    That hood makes it look so mean-
    Great score

  5. Barzini

    I always loved these cars and wondered why they did not command similar money to Chevelles.

  6. justin

    I took what others passed on, from this….

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    • Tom

      camera wheels, had them on my S15 jimmy

  7. justin

    To this…

    This was an all numbers matching car, 400/4spd. All of the floors were replaced over 2 weekends. The engine and transmission were sent out for rebuilding and was back within a month. The paint, trim, wheel/tires and interior were installed and the car was completed, sold and shipped to a proud buyer in Australia within 9 months of weekends and after work. I had less than $12,000 invested but the sale brought 3 times as much and the car was back on the streets. So some may have look at cars in a different way of others, I look at them all as potentials. It is all about having the parts ready and to be installed during the process.

  8. Charles Marks

    Isn’t that Olds 442 a 1970 model? Am looking at rear tail lights. Yes? No?

    • Jerry Long

      Not a 72 as they had 3 section tail lights.It is a 1970 or 71.

  9. Prentice Wydell

    1974 Mark 4 I love this car and will never part with here,I had her for 30 years now

  10. Joe Cook

    Adam , Congrats on your find . I just love 442 as i had one once and they just look so cool and bad . Thanks for sharing .

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