HomePick of the Day’76 Olds 442 driven less than 11,000 miles

’76 Olds 442 driven less than 11,000 miles


Low-mileage vehicles in excellent original condition are being bid to big numbers at collector car auctions, and the Pick of the Day appears to be just such a vehicle, though none of its own numbers are very large.

The vehicle is a 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass S 442, a Colonnade (Olds’ term for hardtop) fastback coupe, offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by only its second owner. Between them, they’ve driven this V8-powered coupe only 10,537 miles. 

It’s being sold now, the seller says, because of retirement and impending travel in a recreation vehicle.  The asking price is only $19,500.

1976 Oldsmobile 442, ’76 Olds 442 driven less than 11,000 miles, ClassicCars.com Journal

“First owner had this vehicle garage protected for 40 years,” the seller reports. “I’m the second owner and also have kept this vehicle in the garage. 

“It was originally sold in Knoxville (Rice Oldsmobile dealership logo still on back), TN and never left! (The car is located in Strawberry Plains, just northeast of Knoxville). It still had the original tires on it when I purchased it a few years ago and I still have them, although I put new radials on it a couple years ago.”

Although the car now rides on the new BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires, “I also have the original Uniroyal (steel belted radial) tires, a collectible in their own right.” 

1976 Oldsmobile 442, ’76 Olds 442 driven less than 11,000 miles, ClassicCars.com Journal

The seller says the car runs and drives like new, is rust free, blows cold factory air conditioning, the heater works, it has power steering and new brakes.

“Only blemish on entire car is a small paint chip behind left rear window,” the seller adds. 

The car is powered by its original 350cid V8 engine topped by a four-barrel carburetor and linked to an automatic transmission. 

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Chevrolet had the Laguna, Pontiac had the Can Am and can’t recall what Buicks special edition was. The Laguna had swivel out bucket seats which IMO was a nice feature and don’t recall if it was offered on other makes.

    • I had a Maroon&White 76 Olds 442 with swivel buckets so they came on the Olds cars as well. Also had a 77 442 without swivels..

    • Calipers and pads can become clogged with brake fluid that hasn’t been used for years let alone changed. Brake fluidcan absorb moisture caused by heat (application) and if it sits for a while (over 40 years ! ! LOL ! ! ). I’ll bet the rotors were turned, and new calipers and pads and fresh brake fluid (after a thorough flushing of the brake lines (I would have changed those, also) to all four corners.

      Elvin ? You’re not one of those guys who sez: "Hold my beer – – -hey y’all…..watch this ! I’m gonna drive this car fast that hasn’t had a brake application in over 50 years ! ! "

    • I believe I’ve addressed this before about old low mileage cars. When a vehicle is not driven regularly seals gaskets and rubber components shrink and dry out. Brake pistons may become stuck or leak as with transmission and engine parts.
      I don’t drool over ultra low mileage cars. So be prepared to dig deep replacing things.


    • Another one who confuses Gross HP with Net HP. What V8 is in it…a 455? That was a factory choice in 1976. The older “muscle cars” could go fast in a straight line (not compared to todays cars but fast enough) but couldn’t handle like this one. Also this car is unusual to see at car shows while the older ones are everywhere and in every colour. The muscle is there for this one, it just needs to be unleashed.

  3. An Olds in beautiful condition, These mid size G.M.s were a staple of mid 70’s America. Owned some & have a lot of memories of others. No, they weren’t the muscle cars of the 60’s & weren’t meant to be. Some of us knew then those days were never coming back then. Still, a fine example (always favored red or white interior in these) not outrageously priced.

    • I love the 76 77 the 78 79 were so ugly these were when cal yarborough fight allies wreck when I was a kid I seen these lines up at dealer all different color being a 10 year old wow my dad was 4 door cutlass supreme pillow seats my family always had olds my dad had blue 4 door 77 my uncles had black on black 75 and the other uncle had white on white 75 my brother had 77 sky blue and white 442 blue dash white seats blue floor it was wrecked with 18 thousands miles and I seat in it and dream of driving it for hours inn garage ended up with 4 door pillow seats well me and my cuz always had cutlasses always 73 on up never had big 455 always had 350

  4. As a long time Olds fan and former owner of 7, I’m unashamedly biased. This 442 is in step with the performance level of the time. Buy it, replace the Quadrajet with a Holley efi and have some fun. The Nascar nose on this beauty is pretty rare and cool. To the naysayer: any car this old will need work!
    Comparing this to a Turbo Snob(sorry! Saab), you need a lesson!!


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