AJ's Car of the Day: 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible

Car: Oldsmobile 442 Convertible

Year: 1968

What makes it special: For 1968, The 442 became a separate model, losing it's option status for the F-85 and Cutlass models. It also had a restyle from the previous year. 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. Also, rear bumpers on Olds 442's for 1968 had exhaust cutouts and special exhaust tips.

What made it famous: It's most famous for the 442 moniker, which comes from the configuration of the car: a 4-barrel carburetor, a 4-speed manual transmission, and dual exhaust.

Why I would want one: First reason would be its performance level: Performance for the 1968 Olds 442 with a 3.42:1 rear axle ratio was a 0–60 time of 7.0 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 15.13 seconds at 92 mph. Top speed was reported as 115 mph straight off the factory floor. Not to mention it's great looks. ( Love that side stripe )

Fun fact: The 1993 Achieva SCX was the final production Oldsmobile vehicle that was affiliated with the '442' name.

 ( 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible photo from barrett-jackson.com )