The Oldsmobile 442 is a classic muscle car that was produced by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors from 1964 to 1980. The name “442” comes from the original configuration of the car – it was equipped with a 4-barrel carburetor, a 4-speed manual transmission, and dual exhaust pipes.
The 442 was originally based on the Oldsmobile Cutlass, with some significant upgrades to its engine, chassis, and suspension systems. It was a popular car among drag racers and street racers during the 1960s and 1970s, thanks to its powerful engine and excellent handling capabilities.
Over the years, the 442 underwent several design changes and engine upgrades, with models ranging from the original 1964 model with a 330 cubic-inch V8 engine, to the 1970 model with a 455 cubic-inch V8 engine and a “Ram Air” induction system.
Despite its popularity, the 442 was eventually discontinued in 1980, as Oldsmobile shifted its focus away from muscle cars and towards smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. Nevertheless, the 442 remains a sought-after classic car among collectors and enthusiasts today.