1987 Oldsmobile 442: East Coaster Today

The Oldsmobile 442 was developed in 1964 by Oldsmobile to compete with the Pontiac GTO.

The first generation 442 was originally an option package offered on the Olds Cutlass. It was powered by a 330 CID V8 with a four-speed manual transmission that made 310 horsepower. The 4-4-2 referred to the four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission and dual exhaust.

This glossy 1987 Oldsmobile 442 is one of the fifth generation of the mean-looking muscle car. By 1985, the engine was a 170-horsepower 307 CID (5.0-litre) V8, the Oldsmobile Rocket.



Even though that hp doesn’t sound very Rocket-like, the 1987 Olds performed respectably on the streets, thanks to good low-end torque, the four-barrel carburetor, and the torque converter on the automatic transmission. The Rocket engine is known for its reliability and smooth characteristics.

We’re not sure if this 442 has been modified in any way but we’ll find out this summer when we hopefully see this slick machine at Masstown on Friday nights!


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