Classic Cars

The Oldsmobile 442 Played the Role of Luxury Muscle Car

And this example is perfectly restored proof.

Among muscle cars, the Oldsmobile 442 often gets overshadowed by stuff like GM’s own Chevrolet Chevelle and Pontiac GTO. But that in no way means the 442 isn’t on the same level, as this wonderful 1968 example shows.

This particular example comes from the fifth year of 442 production and has a factory numbers-matching powertrain that includes the Muncie M20 four-speed manual—it’s one of only 1,518 four-speed convertibles produced in 1968. Marketed as a sort of genteel hot rod—versus the chest-beating bravado of the GTO—the original engine in the car is the beastly 400-cubic inch Rocket V-8 rated at 350 gross horsepower. The power is sent to the original 10-bolt 3.42 rear end.

The car is said to have received a frame-off rotisserie restoration, and it likely looks better than it ever did when new. The interior features Teal Blue vinyl bucket seats, a center console with Hurst shifter, and brand-new door panels, carpets, and more. The white vinyl top is spotless and is free of wrinkles. The trunk has been equipped with the correct jack and lug wrench.

Once owned by Paul Teutul, Sr. of American Chopper fame, this beautiful 442 is slated to be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson this weekend.

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