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AJ's Car of the Day '68 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Holiday Coupe
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Car: Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Holiday Coupe

Year: 1968

What makes it special: The Oldsmobile 4-4-2 looked dramatically different for 1968. It had a new, smaller stance, with fresh fastback styling on a 112-inch wheelbase. Three models could have 4-4-2 equipment this time: the Holiday coupe, sports coupe, and convertible. For 1968, the 4-4-2 was now a series rather than a option package. Its front end had concealed wipers and a louvered hood. Quad headlights again resided in square housings, the pairs separated by rectangular parking/signal lights. A large "4-4-2" insignia sat at the center of a rather narrow, rectangular crosshatch-patterned grille. Rear sculpturing was also revised. Dual exhausts exited through chrome collars notched into the rear bumper.

What made it famous: 1968's series of 400 cu in V8's differed from the one used in prior 4-4-2s, with revised bore/stroke dimensions. A Hurst shifter operated both the wide-ratio and close-ratio 4-speed gearboxes, as well as the standard 3-speed. Handling on the 1968-1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 got the customary help via the car's heavy-duty springs/shocks, front and rear stabilizer bars, and Wide-Oval F70x14 Red-Line rubber. Simulated wire or Super Stock wheels could replace the regulars, and axle ratios up to 4.46:1 could be ordered. An optional Rally-Pac instrument cluster included a large-dial tachometer, electric clock, speedometer, and engine gauges. Rally Striping was part of the Force-Air package, or could be ordered separately.

Why I would want one: Of all the years of the 4-4-2's, the 1968 is the one I feel looks the part. It just looks fast sitting still. The front-end Rally Striping really brings the whole package together.

Fun fact: Motor Trend magazine achieved a 0-60 time of 6.7 seconds with its 1968 4-4-2, with the 350 hp engine. Quarter-mile time was 15.3 seconds, hitting 95 mph.

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