American Muscle: The Oldsmobile 442
Oldsmobile 442: Many fans of professional basketball, especially those who live in the Philadelphia area, look back fondly on the 1982-1983 season. This was the year that the team that was led by the legendary “Dr. J” Julius Irving added an integral piece in the form of dominating center Moses Malone.
Malone went down in basketball history with a simple statement: “Four-Four-Four.” He was predicting that the Sixers would win the NBA Championship with three consecutive four-game playoff series sweeps. He was close to prophetic; the Sixers did win the title, but it took them five games to win the middle series.
When it comes to classic muscle cars, the numbers to remember are Four-Four-Two– as in the Oldsmobile 442.
The 442 first saw the light of day when it was introduced for the 1964 model year as a performance option package that was available on the Oldsmobile F-85 and the Cutlass. The concept caught on among certain muscle car enthusiasts, and by 1968 the Oldsmobile 442 was no longer just a trim package; it was a freestanding model.
The Oldsmobile 442 remained a model in its own right through the 1971 model year. The engines that were offered in the vehicle included a 400 cubic inch V-8 as well as the top-of-the-line 455. An interesting thing to take note of with regard to the 1968 Oldsmobile 442 is the fact that this was the year that the company began partnering with the Hurst Performance Research Corporation.
If you are a true muscle car fanatic looking for a rare, historic vehicle there were just 515 Hurst Olds 442 specimens created for the 1968 model year. The total production figure for the 1968 Oldsmobile 442 was in excess of 33,000 units.
The Oldsmobile 442 remained available as an option package through the 1980 model year, and these cars are always going to enter into any conversation about muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s.