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AJ's Car of the Day '65 Olds Cutlass 4-4-2 Hardtop Coupe
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Car: Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2 Hardtop Coupe

Year: 1965

What makes it special: General Motors took the hint when it delivered the 1965 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2. It originally entered the performance scene in mid-1964 as a "police package" that could be ordered on a four-door sedan. Refining its strategy for '65, Oldsmobile made the 4-4-2 a $190 option on the F-85 pillared coupe and a $156 extra on the Cutlass coupe, two-door hardtop, and convertible. The 1965 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2 had arrived. Styling of these midsize models was updated, with the 4-4-2 distinguished by chrome bodyside tines.

What made it famous: Also for 1965, GM raised the displacement ceiling on intermediates to 400 cubic inches. Olds de-stroked and de-bored its new 425 cu in big-car V8 to create a hot 400 cu in V8 exclusively for the 1965 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2. With this change, the name now meant 400 cubes, 4-barrel carburetor, and dual exhausts. Olds was able to use a mild cam and modest axle ratios to make the '65 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2 a mannered muscle car that performed well. Careful suspension tuning and anti-roll bars front and rear again helped it handle better than the other GM intermediates. Transmission choices were 3- and 4-speed manuals and the two-speed Jetaway automatic.

Why I would want one: I love the boxy-style of the early 4-4-2. To me, its one of the ultimate GM performance cars of all time.

Fun fact: The Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2 spawned even higher performance in years to come.

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