REAL DEAL, LOW MILEAGE, AERO HEADLIGHT 442, 66K ACTUAL MILES, SUPER CLEAN RIDE!!
Oldsmobile wasn't completely out of the performance game in the late 1980s and cashed in on their vintage performance street cred with cars like this 1987 442. Rarer than its Grand National cousins over at Buick, it's a fun piece of luxury/muscle. Don't let the flashy wheels fool you, this is a highly original and authentic car.
Showing just 66,723 original miles, it should be no surprise that the black-over-silver factory paint job is still in great shape. Sure, there are a few signs of use and age, but it's very obvious that this car was treated as something special from the day it rolled out of the showroom. The black shows quite well with a deep gloss and even parts like the rubber bumper covers and nose are in excellent shape. The aero headlights give it a sleeker look and with subtle '442' decals, it has a menacing look without doing a lot of shouting. They de-chromed the 442 a bit compared to its Cutlass siblings, but the shiny stuff that remains is in very good condition, particularly the wrap-around bumper and stainless windshield surround. The decals might just now be starting to show their age, but if it bugs you, reproductions are available and they're very inexpensive. The windows have a medium tint, which surely helps with comfort and definitely makes it look sinister.
The all-original interior shows only very modest signs of use and age, and demonstrates where Oldsmobile's priorities lie. This 442 came loaded with accessories, ranging from A/C to power windows, locks, and driver's seat, to a tilt wheel and cruise control. The bucket seats are still supportive and comfortable, with only the driver's chair showing the expected amount of wear. The gauges are still clear and bright and combined with the center console, represent a fairly drastic turn for normally conservative Oldsmobile. The original Delco stereo is long gone, replaced by a Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo with remote, and the difference is noticeable, particularly with the T-tops removed. And speaking of T-tops, these are in very good condition with good weather seals, the perfect iconic look from the 1980s. Open the trunk and there's still tons of storage space, along with a factory mat and an original space-saver spare tire.
Oldsmobile's rugged, reliable, and torquey 307 cubic inch V8 was standard equipment in the 442, and yes, it is topped with a 4-barrel carburetor, so it lives up to its namesake. There are quite a few performance upgrades available for these engines, but this one remains gratefully stock, right down to the factory air cleaner up top. There are signs of conscientious maintenance throughout the engine bay and most recently, the A/C system was converted to R134a refrigerant. It starts easily and idles smoothly enough to wear the Oldsmobile badge, although with a slightly more throaty exhaust system, it sounds predatory. It's clean underneath, which you should expect with so few miles, and the 200-4R 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission is a great traveling partner on long highway trips, even with 3.73 gears out back. The factory stance atop period-correct Oldsmobile Rallye wheels tie the whole look together, and solidify this 442 as one of the better examples on the market today.
Rare, fast, and fun, this 442 is a great car for the Oldsmobile fan who grew up in the '80s, or for anyone that can appreciate the underrated style of the time. Call today!
- Engine Size
- 307 V8
- Transmission Type
- 4 Speed Automatic
- Body Or Basic Color
- Body Style
- 66,723 (Actual)
- Interior Or Basic Color
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
- Center Console