Fall Foliage: 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible – SOLD!

by | May 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

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June 8, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar

Using dated pictures for a classic car ad can be a tricky proposition. A prime example is this 1968 Oldsmobile 442 convertible originally listed in May 2022 on Craigslist in Fort Royal, Virginia (Washington, DC) provides beautiful pictures, however, the setting was clearly in the fall. That immediately makes us wonder two things: first, are the pictures from last autumn or are they older than that? Second, if the seller took the pictures last fall does that mean they have been trying to sell the car for that long?  That nuance aside, the seller reports their 442 is a “real deal” example benefitting from an older restoration that features its original 400 cubic inch V8

Currently offered for $35,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is consistent with the fact this example features an older restoration:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 Good” estimate of $26,900 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $36,800.

First launched as a trim option in 1964, Oldsmobile made the 4-4-2 a separate model when it launched the second-generation Cutlass line in 1968.  Oldsmobile managed to sell over 33,000 442s in 1968. Despite the engine displacement staying at 400 cubic inches, the engine was based on the new 455 V8’s 4.25 stroke, with the bore decreased (to 3.87). Torque came at 3000–3200 rpm as opposed to the early 400’s 3600 rpm peak, mostly due to a milder base cam grind. Car Life tested a 1968 4-4-2 with a 3.42:1 rear axle ratio and Hydramatic and attained 0–60 times of 7.0 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 15.13 seconds at 92 mph (148 km/h). The top speed was reported as 115 miles per hour. The base engine was still rated at 350 horsepower, but only with the standard three-speed and optional four-speed; automatics were rated at 325 horsepower.

All standard 1968 4-4-2 engines are painted a bronze–copper color, as with the 1967s, topped with a fire-red air cleaner. W-30 option cars were equipped with ram-air intake hoses leading from chrome-topped dual-snorkel black air cleaners to special under-bumper air scoops and set off by bright red plastic fender wells. In addition, a Turnpike Cruiser option was made available with a two-barrel carburetor; this was previously available on the Cutlass Supreme for 1967. 1968 was the first year for side marker lights and front outboard shoulder belts, and the last year for vent windows on hardtops and convertibles. 4-4-2s for 1968 had unique rear bumpers, with exhaust cutouts and special exhaust tips.

The Ni Do YouTube Channel features this 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass commercial where the brand pitches they make “youngmobiles”:

This 1968 Oldsmobile 442 convertible features what appears to be a modern Vintage Air style A/C compressor integrated into the original Factory A/C set-up, but you’ll need to confirm our observation is correct and why that was done.  With a documented forty-year history, based on the pictures provided this Olds appears to be a nice older restoration you can enjoy all summer long regardless of the temperature outside.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1968 Olds 442 convertible, real deal, original 400, auto, PS, PB, air conditioning, beautiful older restoration. History back to the mid 1980’s with full documentation. Convertible top, cylinders, and hoses replaced last year. Runs. No drives great.

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