Oldsmobile 442 was first introduced in 1964 as an option package for the U.S. sold F-85 and Cutlass models however in 1968 it became a model of its own and remained that way until 1971 after which it reverted to an option during the mid-1970s.
In 1968, Oldsmobile 442 became a model of its own and quickly grew in popularity as it sold over 33,000 vehicles during that year alone.
Oldsmobile 442 is often referred to as a muscle car – a term which first became popular in America during the sixties to describe a high-performance automobile.
442 got its name because of its four-barrel car, four-speed gearbox and dual-exhaust system.
The car remains popular even today with numerous units selling for up to $85,000 in the recent years.
Although the model went out of production in the mid-1970s, the 442 name made a reappearance twice, once in the 1980’s on the rear-wheel drive Cutlass Supreme and again in early 1990’s this time as an option package for the new front-wheel drive Cutlass Calais.
As the vehicle grew in popularity it also grew in size with the 1969 442’s nearly doubling in size compared to the 1968 model. Although they remained similar, numerous features were change such as the division tooth between the grilles, steering lock ignition switch on the steering column and the paint scheme. It’s believed that about 914 units were produced in total.
By the early 1970’s muscle cars era was slowly coming to an end due to the rising insurance rates and growing gas prices. The 442 stopped being a model in 1971 but remained an option through the mid-1970’s.
Whether you like the Oldsmobile 442 or not, you can’t deny that it remains one of the most popular vehicles of the muscle car era. It still remains popular with car enthusiasts today and can fetch up to $85,000.