Car: Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Coupe
What makes it special: The 4-4-2 was a muscle car produced by Oldsmobile from 1964 to 1980. Introduced as an option package for the F-85 and Cutlass models, it became a model in its own right from 1968 to 1971, spawned the Hurst/Olds in 1968, then reverted to an option through the mid-1970’s. The “4-4-2” name (pronounced “Four-four-two”) derives from the original car’s 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed manual transmission, and dual exhausts. It was originally written “4-4-2” with badging showing hyphens between the numerala, and remained hyphenated throughout Oldsmobile’s use of the designation.
What made it famous: The 4-4-2 became a separate model from 1968 through 1971, and over 33,000 were sold for 1968. Despite the engine displacement staying at 400 CID, the engine was based on the new 455 cranktrain 4.25 stroke, and the bore decreased to 3.87. The base motor was still rated at 350 hp, but only with the standard 3-speed and optional 4-speed; automatics were rated at 325 hp. W-30’s were rated at 360 hp. All standard 1968 4-4-2 engines are painted a bronze–copper color, topped with a fire-red air cleaner. W-30 option cars were equipped with Ram Air intake hoses leading from a chrome-topped dual snorkel black air cleaner to special under-bumper air scoops and set off by bright red plastic fender wells. In addition, a Turnpike Cruiser option was made available with a 2-barrel carburetor. 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. 4-4-2’s for ’68 had unique rear bumpers, with exhaust cutouts and special exhaust tips.
Why I would want one: I could say all kinds of reasons, but I’ll keep it simple with just one: LOOK at it! ( I mean, c-mon! )
Fun fact: Car Life tested a 1968 4-4-2 with a 3.42:1 rear axle ratio and Hydramatic transmission for 0–60 times of 7.0 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 15.13 seconds at 92 mph. Top speed was reported as 115 mph. They also tested a 4-speed W-30 with 4.33 rear end gears and recorded a 13.3 at 103.30 mph.