Prompted by the booming success of the 1964 Pontiac GTO, fellow GM brand Oldsmobile quickly created its own midsize performance car. Oldsmobile’s was based on the popular Cutlass model, dubbed the 442 for its combination of 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed manual transmission and dual exhaust.
The 442 became available for Cutlass and F-85 models as a $285 option. Power was provided by a hotter version of Oldsmobile’s 5.4-liter V8 with an output of 310 horsepower and 355 pound-feet of torque.
The Pick of the Day is from that first year, a 1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass F-85 442 that has been restored and upgraded with more power and drivability. The seller, a dealer in Jefferson, Wisconsin, advertising the Olds on ClassicCars.com, says the hardtop came from the factory as a 442.
“We know enough about the quirks of this car to state that it is an original first-year 442,” the dealer says in the ad.
“This car was built at the Fremont, CA plant and spent its entire productive life in CA and CO,” the ad says. “In the mid-90s, a man from Missouri performed a complete restoration. He is responsible for the performance modifications.
“For the past 16 years, it was just up the road in the hands of a Certified Oldsmobile mechanic. His tenure as the caretaker offered even more improvements.”
The engine is now a 455 Olds bored .030 over, the dealer notes, professionally done with a hotter cam, Holley Double Pumper carburetor, Edelbrock intake, headers, HEI ignition and 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust with H pipe. Power is fed through a 4-speed manual transmission, naturally.
Dual electric fans cool the refurbished 3-core radiator, and a heavy-duty alternator supplies the extra current. The engine has a new water pump, belts and hoses, and the AC has been converted to 134a refrigerant. The front brakes have been converted to discs.
“The front end was completely rebuilt using neoprene bushings,” the ad notes. “All shocks are new. The car has been tastefully lowered. A heavy-duty sway bar was installed. The clutch and throw-out bearing are brand new.”
The restoration has held up well and the Oldsmobile is totally presentable as is, the seller says.
“This is a great-looking car that has been well-thought-out and performs to a high level. It has gobs of power, handles well, sounds great and has nice creature comfort. The quality of the body/paint/trim is such that you will be more than proud to take it to any car show.
“This car has never been rusty. The Provincial White paint is now over 25 years old and it looks great. There is no sign of any body repairs, no bubbles or cracks.”
A new set of vintage Cragar SS wheels were recently added, the seller says. “How can you not love the look of Cragar SS wheels on a ’60’s GM muscle car?”
The Oldsmobile 442 seems reasonably priced at $24,995.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.