1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442

Evolution of a winner

  Oldsmobile 442 was born as a prompt response of Oldsmobile to competing GM’s Pontiac division with its highly successful GTO model. Initially, this was the option package for Cutlass called the “B09 Police Apprehender Pursuit” and technically based on the 5.4-liter engine with 330 CID four-barrel carburetor, producing 310 hp power and 354 ft lb of torque.

   The 442 appellations come from the configuration of the car: a four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual transmission, and dual exhaust. It became a model in its own right from 1968 to 1971, and then reverted to an option through the mid-1970s.

The package also included a body frame with increased rigidity, upgraded suspension, clutch for a more powerful engine, four-speed manual transmission, reinforced driveshaft, and improved brakes.