4-4-2

One Owner Survivor: 1976 Oldsmobile 442

The 442 (or 4-4-2) was born in 1964 as Oldsmobile’s entry into the new mid-size muscle car market. It was a series of its own from 1968 to 1971 and then reverted to option status through the end of… more»

Restored W-30 Clone? 1970 Oldsmobile 442

The 442 (or 4-4-2) was Oldsmobile’s entry into the 1960s mid-size muscle car market. And it would remain a fixture there through the end of rear-wheel-drive in these hot cars (1987). Its name is commonly considered an abbreviation for… more»

455 V8 Rare Color: 1969 Oldsmobile 442

Oldsmobile’s entry into the 1960s muscle car craze was the 442 (or 4-4-2). The accepted explanation for the name is that it stood for 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed manual transmission, and dual exhaust. The seller’s 1969 edition may be rare… more»

455 Upgrade! 1977 Oldsmobile 4-4-2

The year 1977 marked not only the last Colonade-style body for the 4-4-2 but it was also now the only remaining model in the Oldsmobile lineup that still featured that cool NASCAR-inspired sloped treatment on the front end for… more»

Low-Mileage Daily Driver: 1986 Oldsmobile 442

After a 4 year absence from the Oldsmobile lineup, the 4-4-2 returned in 1985, not packing anywhere near the same sort of heat found in the sixties or even early 70s offerings but still featuring attractive graphics and making… more»

Real Barn Find: 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Project

1968 was a special time for the 4-4-2, as the car finally achieved its separate stand-alone model status instead of just being an option on the Cutlass, along with the body also getting a redesign this year.  The seller… more»

Chet Wilson Built 455: 1965 Oldsmobile 4-4-2

The mid-sixties were some fun times at GM when it came to muscle cars, with Pontiac’s GTO paving the way for the Oldsmobile 4-4-2 to follow shortly thereafter.  The first-year Olds offering got you the 330 V8 engine standard… more»

All Original Muscle: 1965 Oldsmobile 4-4-2

After witnessing the quick success story Pontiac was experiencing with their new GTO, it didn’t take the design team at Oldsmobile long to figure out they needed a competitor, which resulted in the 442 with the first offering coming… more»

4-Speed Project: 1971 Oldsmobile 442

The 442 or 4-4-2 was Oldsmobile’s mid-size performance car in the 1960s and 1970s. It would be popular enough to warrant becoming a series of its own from 1968 to 1971, but it would be an option on the… more»

W30-Equipped 4-Speed! 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442

Emissions regulations and rising insurance costs were taking their toll in the muscle-car era by 1972, and the Oldsmobile 4-4-2 was no exception.  By ’72, the 442 had reverted back to being just an options package on the Cutlass… more»

Moving Sale: 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Project

In the 1960s muscle car scene, General Motors had several formidable players. Pontiac had the GTO, Chevrolet had the Chevelle SS 396, Buick had the Skylark GS, and Oldsmobile had the 442 (aka 4-4-2). The latter was in production… more»

One Prior Owner: 1972 Oldsmobile 442 Drop-Top

By 1972, the muscle car market that had been so hot in the late 1960s was cooling down. The 442 (or 4-4-2), Oldsmobile’s mid-size entry, was back to being an option on the F-85/Cutlass rather than a series of… more»

Field Find Muscle: 1972 Oldsmobile 442

The 4-4-2 (also 442) was Oldsmobile’s version of a mid-size muscle car. It was produced between 1964 and 1987, or as long as rear-wheel-drive was still applicable to these intermediate automobiles. By 1972, some of the beef had begun… more»

Real U-Code 455: 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442

1972 was anything but a pinnacle year for muscle cars in general, with high-priced insurance and increasing emission standards creating a dual whammy that was really starting to take its toll on the decline of performance-oriented vehicles by this… more»

Amazing Barn Find! 1965 Oldsmobile 4-4-2

Just when you think all the “good” barn find muscle cars are gone or too far gone, we encounter something like this long-parked, highly-original 4-4-2. Wearing a registration from 1978, the 1965 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Sports Coupe in Lexington, South… more»

455/4-Speed! 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible

Even without the coveted W-30 package, the 1970 model 442 is considered by many Oldsmobile enthusiasts to be one of the finest cars to ever wear the name, sort of a rise to the top of its game with… more»

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