- Body Color
- Engine Size
- 400 V8
- Transmission Type
- 4 Speed Manual
1966 Oldsmobile 442 Hardtop
1966 Oldsmobile 442 Hardtop
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 4-4-2's 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. By 1968 badging was shortened to simply "442", but Oldsmobile brochures and internal documents continued to use the "4-4-2" model designation.
For consignment, most likely one of the nicest examples of the 66 Olds 442 out there. The list just goes on and open as to the extent this car has been restored, and it all shows with a nearly concours example. This consignor has brought us several gems from his collection, and this one is a shining example bathed in Burgundy mist with a vinyl top, flying buttress B pillars, a 400ci V8, and a great factory look.
The WOW factor is strong with this car all bathed in the factory correct Burgundy Mist. A small area of rust bubbling can be seen on the trunk lid but otherwise the car appears as rust free. On top a burgundy vinyl textured top looks like new. Chrome plating was extensive and all encompassing with bumpers, side vents, and brite-work. From its laser straight panels to the flying buttress rear window pillars, big tail lights on either corner, dual exhaust and gaps that are very consistent, it is a quality job that has been performed well. 15 inch Magnum 500 style wheels are all wrapped with wide oval redline tires. All very good condition for this exterior. Also the tri tone 442 badging is a real plus and direct from the factory.
Upfront the original dash has been restored to show condition. This consists of two round gauges, one a speedo and the other a series of warning lights in the second circle with a centrally located clock. These sit on the horizon of an aluminum strip running the gamut of the dash above and some dark ribbed vinyl molded perfectly to make the lower portion of the dash. All on this dash are looking excellent as they did off the showroom floor in 1966. Right down to the factory radio which works! Note the steering wheel fronting this factory dash is pristine. In the center console we see a Hurst floor shifter and just under the dash is a factory manifold vacuum gauge. All the black interior coverings, and door panels have vertical tuck and roll vinyl, and these seats front and back are stunning when viewing them as a whole. Black carpeting in perfect form covers the floors Above is a tight and perfect headliner.
The correct totally rebuilt 400ci is looking just wonderful in its bronze painted splendor. On top is a single 4-barrel carburetor which is not original to this car. A T10 4-speed manual transmission throws power rearward to a 10-bolt 3.55 rear axle.
Spotty slight surface rust peppers this undercarriage, but no invasive rust is seen anywhere. Suspension is independent coil springs for the front, and a 4 link with coil springs for the rear. Power drum brakes are on all 4 corners.
As expected, what looks like a nice show car also runs like one as well. She fired right up and idled that we could barely hear it. Off to the test track where it performed beautifully, with a quick response to the pressing of the gas pedal, bias free panic stopping, and excellent cornering with those red liners. Everything was working just perfectly and when we got back, we were that impressed, we hung out inside and listened to the sound of the AM radio! (Ahhh life at the Classic Auto Mall, where it does not get any better than this)
I cannot think or see anything honestly that would detract from the value of this beautiful showroom quality car from 1966. With the 442 option, get in turn the key and put a smile on your face as you think about where you will put your trophies in the future! Main street never looked so appealing with NOT your grandfather's Olds.
38-Cutlass V8 Holiday Coupe (442 Option)
17-2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe
M-Lansing, MI Assy Plant
111559-Sequential Unit Number
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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