Oldsmobile made some fantastic cars during the early Seventies, but the 4-4-2 was the crowning acheivement for them in the muscle car era. My favorite of the bunch are the later models, which packed the enormous 455 cubic inch big-block V8, a four-speed manual, and dual exhausts, not to mention wild racing stripes, a massive set of grilles, and catchy color-keyed alloy wheels, which Oldsmobile would continue to offer as a sporting option on other cars until 1988, when their RWD coupes were finally killed off for good.
This one lacks the four-speed manual but still packs the 455’s wallop under the hood and finishes the job with gorgeous red paint and black leather bucket seats. This was a somewhat high-end muscle car in its day, and the maturity combined with the excellent performance made for an expensive ride–but one that a high-powered lawyer or company manager would definitely enjoy showing off at work (before the EPA shut the party down, of course). Enjoy the photos.
-Albert S. Davis
3 thoughts on “1971 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 at the 2016 Amelia Island Festivals of Speed”
I dread to think what the fuel consumption would be on this (7.5 litres), Wow !! Luv it.
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We’re talking single digits in stop and go, likely very low teens highway. Back then it didn’t matter.
What! No manual transmission? A purists would say it is not a real 442.