Oldsmobile wasn't completely out of the performance game in the late 1980s and cashed in on their vintage performance street cred with cars like this 1987 442. Rarer than its Grand National cousins over at Buick, it's a fun example of blending luxury and muscle. So when you can find one so well-maintained and accurate, it's time to strike while the pricing is so affordable.
It's a true dream to find a muscle car that's still in factory paint nearly 30 years later. It shows plenty of signs that this car has been enjoyed in it's lifetime, but just the condition of this original two-tone and the quality of the sheetmetal tell you it has been treated special since day one. So a good waxing still gives you the kind of luster that will attract people from all the way across the show field. And when others ask about this Olds, you can proudly tell the story about how it's the same paint from the day it left the Michigan factory. The aero headlights give it a sleeker appearance than its predecessors, and with subtle '442' decals, it has a menacing look without doing a lot of shouting. They de-chromed the 442 a bit compared to its Cutlass siblings, which makes every piece more appreciated, particularly the wrap-around bumper and stainless windshield surround. The flashy Oldsmobile Rallye wheels that match the paint scheme and have a 442 center cap complete this sinister package.
You can tell the all-original interior has been cared for simply because cars half its age and mileage don't look this good. This 442 came loaded with features like power windows, tilt wheel, center console, cruise control, and the original AM/FM/cassette stereo. The factory air conditioning blows ice cold and runs R134a for easy servicing. When you sit down in the cloth bucket seat, its comfort and support make you instantly aware of this Oldsmobile's luxury and performance dual purpose. The original two-spoke steering wheel gives you a terrific view of the full gauge panel that includes a large speedo and tach a very cool touch.
Oldsmobile performance amounted to their rugged and torquey 307 cubic-inch V8, which it turns out is virtually indestructible. Fortified with a four-barrel carburetor and rumbling dual exhaust pipes, it provides the kind of old-school muscle that few others offered in the '80s. Just like the rest of the car's originality, this is the numbers-matching motor, and it even comes with a hit of flash on the factory chrome air cleaner lid. 200-4R four-speed automatic overdrive transmission is a great traveling partner on long highway trips. In fact, this one has other great features for both cruising and performance driving such as power steering, front disc brakes, and a full set of BF Goodrich Comp T/A tires.
Complete with owner's manual and even the original demo cassette tape, this truly is a cared for 442. A coupe with this kind of originality, rarity, and affordability heats up our showroom quickly. So you better call today to snag this muscle Olds!