1971 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 at the 2016 Amelia Island Festivals of Speed

1971 Oldsmobile 442 Front

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.

1971 Oldsmobile 442 Wheel

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.

1971 Oldsmobile 442 Taillight

1971 Oldsmobile 442 Rear

1971 Oldsmobile 442 Headlights

1971 Oldsmobile 442 Engine Bay

-Albert S. Davis


3 thoughts on “1971 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 at the 2016 Amelia Island Festivals of Speed”

    1. We’re talking single digits in stop and go, likely very low teens highway. Back then it didn’t matter.


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