Lot 264: Oldsmobile 442 Convertible
The 442 was born out of the competition between Pontiac Division and Oldsmobile. It began as a hasty response to the Pontiac Tempest GTO, which had proved to be an unexpected success midway through the 1964 model year. It was created by performance enthusiast and Oldsmobile engineer John Beltz (also responsible for the Toronado), aided by Dale Smith and Olds Chief Engineer Bob Dorshimer.
With the GTO receiving GM corporate sanction, Oldsmobile followed suit with a big-engine 442. The 1965 model was the first 442 to use a Hurst shifter, which was included when the HD 3 speed manual transmission was ordered. The heavy-duty three-speed was a mid-year introduction and used a floor shifter, unlike the early three-speed which used a column shifter. Other touches added to the 1965 model were chrome body side scoops adorned with 442 badges, chambered dual exhaust pipes, chrome single snout air cleaner, and 442 badging on the dash. Late in the year option N98 was added, which were chrome reversed 14 � 6 in (360 � 150 mm) wheels. It also offered standard bucket seats when optioned on the Cutlass and a 6,000 rpm tachometer mounted in the console.
This classic Oldsmobile convertible is still finished in the same configuration as it left the factory in 45 years ago. One of only 1350 examples fitted with a manual gearbox, it is finished in its original colours of saffron yellow paintwork with black interior. Having only four owners from new, the first of which were based in the USA, the current Danish vendor is only now reluctantly offering the car for sale due to his age.
The car received a thorough restoration in 2004, when it was disassembled and completely refurbished, with works carried out on the body, interior, hydraulic convertible top, dashboard and instruments, as well as the chrome and paintwork. On the mechanical side, the high compression engine, transmission, differential, radiator and power steering were also repaired or replaced as necessary. A new petrol tank was also fitted, as were a new suspension, springs and brakes.
Since the restoration, the car was crowned outright winner of the Oldsmobile concourse d`Elegance in Oklahoma, which the vehicle well deserved. Since being in Europe, the car has only been driven during the summer months, and has always been garaged and serviced appropriately. An age-related historic registration would be easily obtainable for this classic American dream car of the sixties. Certainly a snip at the reserve offered here.
Coys, Essen, Germany
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€12963|
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