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Finding, buying, repairing, restoring, and just plain enjoying antique autos is a great hobby. However, learning to classify these older vehicles can be a major chore. Different car groups have differing ideas on what makes a car classic, antique, or vintage, while each state has its own rules for buying, selling, and registering classic and antique cars.
Olds 442: The First Generation
Oldsmobile is a special name in the history of American automobile manufacturing, and it is kind of sad to think that the children of today are growing up without new Oldsmobiles being part of the landscape.
It seems like only yesterday, but the Oldsmobile division of General Motors ceased operation back in 2004 and it is sorely missed by many of us, especially classic Oldsmobile fans.
The good news is that the brand is kept alive by the classics that we all know and love and one of these that holds a very special place in the hearts of classic Oldsmobile fans is the Oldsmobile 442, which was one of the true-school muscle cars.
The Olds F-85
Every classic Oldsmobile fan is well aware of the Oldsmobile Cutlass, and we will be examining the Cutlass from various angles in different posts as we go forward.
However, today we are going to look at the seed from which the Cutlass as we have come to know it emerged.
Back in the late 1950s General Motors started to develop an interest in producing compact cars. A lot of Americans were becoming concerned with economy, and many families were adding a second car. Therefore, there was a demographic niche for downsized vehicles.