REAL-DEAL CODE 5VY 442, STRONG 455 V8 SWAP, AUTO, FACTORY A/C, RUNS/DRIVES GREAT
Like most muscle cars of the late-60s, the Oldsmobile 442 had a bewildering array of options and powertrains. For the 1967 model year, one of the most potent cars you could buy was a 442, and while the factory 400 was plenty stout, this 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 now packs a thundering 455 that makes it a genuine handful for just about anything else on the road. Nicely refinished, it remains a high-quality piece that's got the horsepower to embarrass some seriously nasty machinery.
The GM A-body never looked better than when wearing the Oldsmobile rocket emblem. Straight, clean, with a stylish kick-up behind the doors, it's what all muscle cars aspire to look like. Finished in handsome yet low-key code T Cameo Ivory (its original color, by the way), it's definitely a sleeper on the street. As you'd expect, the bodywork is quite nicely done with good gaps and doors that fit just right. It shows some signs of use and you really can't blame a guy for wanting to take this car out on a sunny afternoon, but the impact is still quite impressive when you see it for the first time. Black pinstripes highlight the peaked fender line and small '442' badges in the grille and on the deck lid are the only ways to warn the unwary that this isn't your father's Olds. A black vinyl top adds some contrast and is in excellent condition, and it seems appropriate on a grown-up muscle car like this. The chrome appears to be a combination of original and refinished equipment, with only the taillight bezels showing signs of age. Nevertheless, this is a really good-looking car!
The black bench seat interior is prototypical luxury muscle car. Correct upholstery on the seats, some nice-looking door panels, and older carpets are in excellent shape and definitely not low-key. The dash lays everything out in a wide band of brushed metal trim and while the gauges don't cover a lot of information, we like the look. A fat wood-rimmed steering wheel looks like it was born there and it's equipped with cold factory A/C, which is a big part of why you bought a 442 in the first place. There's also a factory AM/FM radio that's fully operational, so this Olds the perfect travelling companion. The trunk is finished with a rubber mat that's nicer than those found in lesser cars, plus a full-sized spare and jack assembly.
Oldsmobile had a dizzying array of variations on the 400 cubic inch V8, at the top of the list. However, while this one looks like a 400, it's actually a later 455, and those extra 455 cubes are definitely something you can feel. It's pretty well disguised as a 400, so most people won't know the difference when you pop the hood. It shows a little dirt and use, but it'll clean up beautifully and underneath there's correct Olds Gold paint and a proper 442 air cleaner. There's also a newer alternator and power brake booster, as well as a giant radiator that keeps the big block nice and cool. The TH400 3-speed automatic transmission and 12-bolt rear end are ready to party and with headers and a fresh exhaust system, it has a voice that'll make children run and hide. The stance is just about perfect and it sits on color-matched Rally II wheels with 225/70/15 Goodyear rubber that's suitably sized for the big Olds body.
With a serious horsepower upgrade, this handsome 442 remains fast, fun, and eminently enjoyable. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Air Conditioning
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
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- Split Bench
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