Get What You See: 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442

Adam ClarkeBy Adam Clarke

As a person with a passion for cars, looking at examples like this can be quite hard. To see a ’66 Olds 442 in top condition makes this poor old girl look quite sad. For sale here on Craigslist, this 442 comes with a clean title. The car is located in Florida, and appears to be located between Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Barn Finds reader Michael has found yet another wonderful car for us to ponder over. So let’s ponder away and see if the $6,500 price is justified.

It is clear from the ad that this car has been located somewhere in Georgia and appears to be in transit to its advertised location. The owner is quite frank about the state of the car, basically they state that how you see it in the photos is how they bought it. For me the photos don’t tell us a lot about this car. It is really hard to sort out what might be rust and what is debris stuck to this car. The seller would have done themselves a great favor if they’d left advertising the car until they got it home, given it a wash and then taken the photos. Having said that I think that there is some promise in this car because I think that the majority of what we see is actually foreign matter stuck to the car. I’d dearly like to see the underside of it. However, the sort of leaf litter and debris that has stuck to this car suggests that it has been sitting somewhere wet for an extended period. Couple that with flat tires that leave little room between the floor and the earth and things don’t look promising.

One glance at the interior and the word trashed pops into my head. Things have obviously been nice in here at some stage, but time has marched on….and I think that it marched right through this car. The photo does us no favors since it was taken looking towards the sun. What we can see is that the dash pad is cracked and the minimum that the front seats will need is new covers, but I suspect that they will need more than that. The rear seat is in a similar state, and holes have been cut in the rear trims for speakers. On a bright note, the driver’s door card looks to be in reasonable condition. Beyond that there is little that we can tell from this photo.

So to the engine bay and….oh dear. The owner states that he is 99% sure that this is a numbers matching car. If it is then that’s a positive. Apart from that it really doesn’t look promising. The engine bay really supports my earlier contention that this poor Olds has been stored in less that ideal surrounds. The amount of leaf litter and debris indicates that it has probably spent quite some time with the hood open to the elements. Once again the presence of mold indicates a damp environment, so the condition of the engine itself is an unknown.

So your pondering time is up. The seller states that he is asking $6,500, that this is a fair price, and that it won’t last. There is no doubt that a really good restored ’66 model 442 can command some pretty reasonable money. Surfing the net reveals prices of $70,000 plus out there. As I’ve said before: asking is one thing, but getting it is another. I’d like to see this after it’s had a wash, and I’d really like to see the underside. The fact is that any car, no matter what condition it’s in, can be restored if you throw enough money at it. I love old cars and I’d like to hope for the best for this old girl, but I really feel that the odds are firmly stacked against her. Please give us better pictures and prove me wrong,

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Comments

  1. Steve R

    The odometer shows 36,000 miles, that must be original.

    I’d rather have the 4spd 442 that was featured the other day at the higher price.

    Steve R

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  2. DENNIS

    This looks like a Flood Car.

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    • Don Diego

      Agreed. Doesn’t look like just wind could have deposited that much and type of sticky debris. This could lead to BF competitor startups like Gulley Finds or UDT Finds.

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  3. David

    Car was on Copart lot number 34870848

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    • P T Cheshire

      Bingo! Saw it when I was eying the Camaro. Hurricane cars completely under flood waters.

  4. Mikey8

    Does anyone else see a Hurst Hairy Olds dual motor dragster clone? I love these cars

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  5. DaveMc

    Me Too

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  6. Miguel

    The right up says it has a clear title but Georgia doesn’t have titles for old cars.

    I wonder what the real story is.

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  7. ccrvtt

    Thanks to David for identifying this as a Copart car. That’s exactly where it should be for about $500.

    It’s a post 2-door, not the better looking hardtop. It’s located somewhere between Pompano & Lauderdale next to the riverbed where it’s been lying for the last two years.

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  8. Scott Tait

    Another Flipper selling a “SWAMP DONKEY”

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  9. 67 442

    Not a 400 sitting in the engine bay…..

  10. GREGORY POLLACK

    How about the 1968 RS Camaro behind the olds

  11. Denis Flaherty

    Call me when you get to $1000……..

  12. Gay Car Nut

    Lovely looking car. Assuming everything is there with the car, I imagine restoration could be done. The only changes I’d make would be upgrading the brakes, from drums all around to disc front and drum rear. I’d also upgrade the instrument cluster. Instead of the standard warning lights, I would give it proper gauges.

  13. Ron

    I had one just like this, in the Boston MA area in the late 70’s, two door post, automatic on the column, gold with a black vinyl top. Bought it for $800, drove it hard, wish I had’t sold it…

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  14. stillrunners

    David – good call….was thinking it looked kinda Co-part-ish….

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  15. Rick Rothermel

    My first ‘good’ car in 1971 in Ft. Walton Beach Fl when I was in the Air Force was a clean, 53000-mile, $850 ’66 4-4-2 coupe like this, Cutlass Supreme trim, silver blue/white painted roof, new car trade-in at the local Olds/Pontiac store.

    it was a great car to ‘learn’ on, but in the end, I’m part of ‘why they’re rare’.

    This thing would have to be blown apart and every piece rebuilt in the method one would build a deuce roadster hot rod project. You’d have to be reeeeally devoted to 4-4-2s to make it worth the labor, the mold inhalation and the expense.

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  16. Snotty

    Rough! 442 with no floor shift? 2 Door post is lighter than a 2 dr. hdtp. bout the only thing going for it. And the 442 only chrome trim on the deck lid. No Repop big $.

    • Rick Rothermel

      You really can’t tell where the shifter is because of the crappy picture. With the Cutlass Supreme trim level I think the console shifter was standard.

  17. nrg8

    It looks like the dash vin has been chop sawed out through the windshield. Georgia must have sold it as parts only. Guy buys it, Florida issues a clean title sight unseen? Don’t they cross check insurance data bases nation wide? Or Florida says it’s so many years old so it’s exempt and can be retitled with a bill of sale. Must be a lot of flood cars on the market there if title washing is so easy.

  18. Rick Rothermel

    Cars of that era didn’t have the VIN at the base of the windshield, did they? That came later AFAIK.

    • CATHOUSE

      I do not know about GM but for Ford 1968 was the first year that a VIN tag was visible through the windshield.

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