BF Classified: 1987 Oldsmobile 442

Asking Price: $16,000
Location: Meriden
Mileage: 63000
Title Status: Clean

Seller’s Description: 1987 One owner, Oldsmobile 442

It’s 1987 – Alderman Cadillac/Buick/Oldsmobile – Mr. and Mrs. H trade in their 67 Mustang GT for this 1987 Oldsmobile 442.

Dad was always a tinkerer, farmer, Jack of All Trades and actually, a master of quite a few too.

He liked quick cars and in 87, the 442 wasn’t a bad choice.

The 442 was a Cutlass Supreme, but with a slew of options that made it a 442. It had a 4 barrel carb sitting atop the 307 HO engine (which put about 180 HP and 270 lb ft of torque), a 4 speed auto trans ( 3 speed with OD) and a dual exhaust. This one is a real W42 442 and is optioned out with : 82E/82I Medium Dark Grey cloth interior, 6 way power driver seat, Electric locks, power windows, power steering, power brakes, (Disc F-Drum R), AC, AM/FM/Cassette – 4 speaker system, bucket seats, electric trunk release, deluxe interior trim, courtesy light package, 2 reading lights, floor mats F-R, electric rear window defogger, pulse/intermittent wipers, dual side mirrors-driver side remote, center console, F41 handling package, G87/G80/GT4 pkg- 8.25″ ring gear, Limited Slip, 3:73 gears, cruise control, tilt wheel, 78 amp alternator, leather wrapped steering wheel, N10-dual exhaust, gauge pkg (Tach, oil, temp, alt), HD cooling system, chrome, trimmed 15″ wheels.

The color is officially Lamp Black and the lower is silver, with a dual gold stripe and other gold accents.

All electronics work as they should although the seat moves a little slow.

The H’s drove this car primarily out for Fri/Sat. night dinners, an occasional cruise night and sometimes, just to have some fun.

When they got too old to drive, in the mid 90’s, their son drove them in the 442 out to their Fri night dinners or to get groceries and sometimes to just have fun.

The car amassed just 63,000 miles between 87 and the early 2000’s when the car was finally parked in the garage where it has sat since then. The son kept up the registration and insurance for a few years, but didn’t move the car after his parents passed away. Quite literally, he hadn’t even opened the garage where it sat for almost the last 10 years.

When I found her she was covered in a heavy layer of dust, the tires were flat, but the interior was sealed up like a drum.

We put a battery in her, disconnected the coil and jounced the key.. she turned easily!

Checked the oil, and carb, dripped some fuel in her and she fired right up… no hesitation, she ran off the gas in the bowls for about 30 seconds or so. In opening the gas tank, it didn’t really smell bad, so we added some new, high octane fuel with a little Lucas magic, turned the key again and she fired right up and proceeded to run, initially with a little stumbling, for a half hour, idle smoothing out after a couple minutes. Temp went to 190 and stayed there, didn’t get hot.

Aired the tires up and moved her out into the light of day for the first time in over 25 years.

It took several washes to get the dust/dirt off her and we unfortunately discovered that her years in solitude caused the silver paint on the lower rockers to peel. There are also a couple of small chips in the paint in the usual areas there might be with 60K miles.

She cleaned up well. (I noticed in some shots, heavy pollen had fallen back on her)

The interior is in very good condition with only a small hole in the side of the driver seat, looks like from the wear of getting in and out and the rear portion of the head liner is droopy, other than that, she’s great.

The underside has the usual mileage/age surface rust but no rot on the frame or any of the body/floor panels.

One owner car, 63,000 miles, overall good condition, runs and drives great.

If I were buying her, I’d color sand, buff and polish the black paint, sand and re-paint the silver, take some tinfoil and soda to the wheels (they have some rust on them), put new tires on her (these are the original Goodyear Eagle GT4’s in 215/65R15) and drive and enjoy her.

With only 4200 made in 87, there actually aren’t a lot of these out there. You probably wouldn’t see another one at the local cruise or cars and coffee.

There is a little sentiment in the asking price of $16,000, but with pristine ones going for 10-15 thousand more than that, it’s not far off.

Any questions, for many more photos and video, to schedule a time to see her in person or to make an offer, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks for the interest!

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