Olds Gold! 1967 Oldsmobile 4-4-2

Oldsmobile’s mid-sized Cutlass for 1967 carried similar styling to the full-sized Delta 88, a model nearly 900 pounds heavier. While Oldsmobile withheld the 425 cid engine for the Toronado and select full-sized cars, the sporty 4-4-2 came with one engine choice, and the high-compression 400 cid V8 was a good one. This genuine 5V code 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 in Saint Augustine, Florida left the factory in black with a red interior. It runs from a gas can, and the (still red) front seats have been re-upholstered. Mostly solid and complete, it needs some rust repair and a complete overhaul or restoration. The listing here on eBay has attracted a single bid of $4900 as we go to press.

The 4-4-2-specific Rocket 400 made 350 HP and 440 lb-ft of torque. Not claimed to be original, this car’s 400 cid (6.6L) V8 does sport the desirable “C” code heads. The bright gold color suggests a transplant from a lower-performance Oldsmobile such as this Cutlass Supreme, the car upon which the ’67 4-4-2 is based. The original 4-4-2’s engine would have been painted bronze according to 442Restoration.

Originally offering the “4-4-2” for 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed manual transmission, and dual (2) exhaust, Oldsmobile flexed that specification by 1967, making the three-speed manual standard equipment and offering a four-speed as well as the three-speed automatic fitted to this unit. The Cragar S/S wheels look perfect, filling up the deep wheel wells better than the original rolling gear. One of my friends has an immaculate 4-4-2 of this vintage in Volvo Gold with a built 455 Oldsmobile displacing over 500 cid.

Whoa! Holy red interior Batman. Let’s get this car painted black before the fashion police throw the buyer into a plaid and animal print cell. The seller describes rust in multiple locations, but a genuine 4-4-2 should make a good starting point even without the born-with engine. It’s hard for me to get a feel for a car with an automatic, but power certainly helps that shortcoming, and an automatic proves handy for folks with leg injuries. It’s disheartening to see the bidding stall on this true factory muscle car compared to a similar Chevrolet or Mopar. That’s great news for Oldsmobile fans, though! How would you build this mixed-bag Olds?

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Comments

  1. Joe Padavano

    Read the ebay ad, which claims that the car has the correct 400 with C heads. The gold paint is not uncommon because many who repaint these engines think the original bronze is actually a discolored gold, and the gold is much easier to find. The bigger problem is lots of rust and bondo.

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  2. Superdessucke

    Pass the Ol’ Gold!

  3. Maestro1 Member

    I would go back to Black with a tan Interior. Update the car mechanically and with some comfort items and try to find the original wheels as well as its insignia. For that reason the 442 aspect is suspect.

  4. JoeBob

    This is a nice starting point for a resto. If I were anywhere near it, I’d take a look. It looks like it might have had factory air as well. I hope this finds a good home.

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  5. Thomas Haywood

    My mom had a 66 442 which my dad bought new. I’M not sure he realized what he was buying . It had the 400 engine , ” bench seat ” , automatic on the column . White with an amazingly cheap red interior. It was a fully badged 442. Sat in a damp garage for 28 years . It took me awhile to get it to turn over using W D 40 and a breaker bar . Got it started pretty easily with a can of gas ( not the gas tank ).Smoked initially , then ran great. Sold it for $4500 about 2008 Had a lot of surface rust and a small rust thru on lower left rear quarter.
    It just was not my up of tea.

  6. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    SOLD for $4,900.

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