Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1965 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible
The "4-4-2" name (pronounced "Four-four-two") derives from the original car's four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, and dual exhausts (Some maintain that the '2' indicated positive traction rear differential). It was originally written "4-4-2" (with badging showing hyphens between the numerals) and remained hyphenated throughout Oldsmobile's use of the designation. Beginning in 1965, the 4-4-2s standard transmission was a 3-speed manual along with optional 2-speed automatic and 4-speed manual, but were still badged as "4-4-2"s. By 1968 badging was shortened to simply "442", but Oldsmobile brochures and internal documents continued to use the "4-4-2" model designation.
This consignment, born on the third week of June 1965 in Lansing, Michigan, 4-4-2 convertible has remained original throughout the years and 3 ownership tenures. The first owner only enjoyed this Olds for 2 years, the second caretaker held onto it for 36 years and our consignor's tenure has been 19 years. A mostly original car, (1 repaint and new quarter panels hung), has always been garage kept and is about as close as one can get stopping by the Oldsmobile dealer in 1967 and perusing the latest trade ins.
Very good is the buzzword on this respray of the factory hue, Forest Mist. Laser straight steel panels, no rust, miles deep paint with only a few inclusions and plenty of chromed trimmings just mirror-like. Utilizing the original design front grille with its large central horizontal bar with O L D S M O B I L E badge, flanked by dual headlights and a lower pristine bumper to announce your arrival (as if they wouldn't hear you!). Also screaming out mainly to your eyes are some just above the rocker trim pieces that run fore to aft, and wheel well surrounds that are smooth and dent free, On the rear quarter is a mini hockey stick cove surrounded by chrome and a centrally located 442 badge. Not to be outdone is the long and straight hood, with a chrome trim spear that wraps around the front of the hood as it dives toward the grille, then races rearward to the windshield...just peachy. Window surrounds are great, and a shout out to the soft top, which is black canvas with a slightly wrinkled plastic rear window...snappy! On back is the two-bedroom apartment sized sleek trunk, a rear panel with a central aluminum trimming and 2 horizontal tail lights under the trunk and fender created cove. Dual exhaust peek out the bottom from just under the nicely chromed rear bumper. Correct wire wheel covers with faux spinners display in 14" format and are wrapped with raised white letter BF Goodrich rubber. Let's say a whistle and a bell!
Nice black carpet with a Hurst shifter growing from the hump provides the groundwork for this interior. Good condition black vinyl low back bucket seating in front, and a bench in back fill in the passenger compartment. These seats are finished with smooth bolsters and vertical tuck and roll inserts appear original with only minor wear. The original beautiful 2 spoke steering wheel, and near factory dash, show off themselves to the seats, and the passengers who sit in them. A black padded topper works as an eyebrow over the factory gauge cluster which resides within a chrome bezel. Knobs, pulls, the AM radio and heater slides are residing in brushed aluminum panel and just above is a perforated chrome panel and 442 badging. An original 60's interior with all that Olds charm.
A 400ci V8 topped by a 4bbl carburetor takes up residence between the fenders and displays in traditional Oldsmobile gold. This block sports the correct 442 casting number for 1965, 389298B. Bolted to the back of this gold mill a correct Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission. Putting the horses to the ground is a 10-bolt 3.55 geared rear axle. A well sorted and restored engine bay for this boulevard bruiser with supple hoses and clean and concise wiring.
Original and unrestored is the best way to describe this underside. The frame and suspension have a liberal coating of surface rust but the floors remain clean with minor surface rust, patina and factory undercoating. No invasive rust is noted nor are any signs of floor pan replacement seen. Power drum brakes are on all 4 corners and a dual exhaust system with mis-matched mufflers is noted. Giving us the famous Oldsmobile ride is an independent front suspension with coil springs and a 4 link with coil spring rear suspension.
A fine runner and great cruiser. All the power options work save for the radio and we did note the battery light stays on with the engine running and gets brighter with engine RPM. All else is just working swimmingly.
A beautiful execution of a cosmetic restoration, with a respray of the factory color, the original drivetrain and all the cues to det
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