MORGAN TWP, PA, USA
Up for sale is this 1966 Oldsmobile 442 sport coupe, finished in Silver Mist over a black interior, powered by a 400 cubic-inch V8 running through a four-speed manual transmission, with 57,605 miles on the clock.
The first generation of the 442 was a subtle but capable version of Oldsmobile’s lowkey coupes and convertibles. Generally not as flashy as their Pontiac GTO cousins, the 442 was nonetheless available with very effective and powerful motors, and firmer suspension components, to make for a more sporting car than the Cutlass upon which it was based. The model year 1966 also saw Oldsmobile add some more style to the exterior, with a more steeply raked C-pillar, and rear fenders with a rising profile and increased height.
This is a beautifully and comprehensively restored example of the iconic Oldsmobile 442. Not only benefiting from exceptional cosmetic and mechanical work, this example has only been driven 500 miles since the restoration, and it shows in every aspect.
The exterior of this 442 is in excellent condition. The factory correct Silver Mist refinish is deep and glossy, with excellent consistency of tint color across all panels. The body and fenders went through a complete disassembly, with all surfaces stripped and sanded to remediate any rusts or dents, and ensure the finish was free from flaws or ripples. The windshield, backlight, and side windows are all brand new, as is the chrome window trim.
In front, the nose of the 442 his free from any nicks or pitting in the finish. The straight and clean front bumper was the beneficiary of high-quality chrome plating, and looks better than factory new. All lights and lenses are cleaned and working properly, while the trim surrounding the headlights and along the grill are excellent. Badging is proper for the model, and in excellent shape.
In the rear, the quality of the right work is again evident in the bumper, and on the trim surrounding the tail lights. Lens color is deep and free from fade or where, and all trim is level and properly affixed.
Along the sides, all of the brightwork, Chrome trim, door handles and mirrors all have the same quality of Chrome plating, and panel gaps are tight and consistent.
The 442 is equipped with American racing mag style wheels, in matte grey with Chrome trim rings, and are wrapped with wide Oval redline tires pair, period correct reproductions of the Firestones, produced by Coker.
The interior of the 442 continues the quality of work seen in the exterior. The original dashboard has been restored to new condition, and consists of two round gauges, in a series of warning lights. Are we built factory equipped sidewinder tachometer is properly mounted to the dash top right next to the eight pillar, and it is in proper working condition. The aluminum strip running the length of the dash is enhanced with dark trip vinyl molded perfectly, and looks factory new.
This 442 was originally specified with both radio delete and a heater delete, and all equipment is as it was delivered new in 1966. Touch points like the steering wheel and armrests are all in excellent condition with the original steering wheel cleaned and restored to better than new condition and door cards being made from new vinyl, correct specification for this year 442. All seats are covered in new vinyl, again in the proper specification and style for this vehicle, and the black carpeting is new and also in perfect condition.
The 442 is powered by a factory correct and completely rebuilt 400 cubic-inch V8, which has been bored .30 over from the restoration. The valve covers, air cleaner shroud, and oil filler cap are all freshly replaced, and have excellent Chrome. The carburetors are the period correct carbs appropriate for the car, and the engine is connected to uh. Correct Muncie 4 speed manual transmission Both the engine and transmission were completely rebuilt during the restoration, and are in excellent operating condition. The entire electrical system was completely rebuilt at that time, with the battery relocated to the trunk, which would be correct for this year 442 with the carburetor setup it has.
Underneath the extent of the restoration is apparent, with completely refreshed and refinished floorboards, chassis, and everything down to the bolts and fasteners looking brand new. All brake lines, hoses, and exhaust or all brand new, and nothing needs to be addressed for the car to be driven.
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