Oldsmobile F-85, its name lacked luster and was over run by flashier comrades like Chevelle and Skylark.
It seemed to be a dull, ordinary, run-of-the-mill machine and it fit right in with the Oldsmobile image the buying public had.
The schoolteacher's car was the Oldsmobile image, and the F-85 seemed to be a part of that scene. But, as the saying goes, looks can be deceiving.
In the midst of the full-out horsepower war of the 1960s and 1970s, Oldsmobile broke through the looking glass; no longer were they los in Wonderland.
Offering a full-fledged muscle car, some companies would have tried to place a cute-sounding name on it, but not Oldsmobile. They stuck tough and placed number 442.
Originally standing for 4-barrel, 4-speed, and dual exhaust, it made its debut in 1964 as a special police car package.
However, as the war of horsepower heated up, the name would lose the meaning, but not the impact. Eventually coming standard with the 455 c.i. 4-barrel powerplant, there was no doubt this one was all muscle car.
The Oldsmobile 442 may not have had the fame that the GTO did, or the sales the Chevelle SS had, but nobody blended luxury and performance together like Oldsmobile did.
TABLE of CONTENTS:
- Decoding VIN and Firewall Tags
- Front-End Sheet Metal
- Door and Outside Mirrors
- Quarter Panels Rear-End Sheet Metal
- Body Sheet Metal and Frame
- Body Trim
- Interior Hardware
- Interior Trim and Accessories
- Electrical Accessories
Are you wondering what parts from F-85 models will fit your 442?
Wonder no longer.
Cutlass and 442 Body Trim and Glass is packed with hundreds of interchanges that are based solely on the 1964-1972 F-85 line-up which includes the 4-4-2 and Hurst/Olds models, as well as the Vista Cruiser.
Do not overlook the big wagon, many parts will fit your 4-4-2. Which ones? The answers are inside this comprehensive guide.