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In the Garage: 1967 Oldsmobile

THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1967 Oldsmobile 442

THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1967 Oldsmobile 442 coupe owned by Michael Federico

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
When Pontiac introduced its GTO muscle car in mid-1964, Oldsmobile quickly went along for the ride with its own muscular 442 (“four four two”) option, stuffing a 310-horsepower V-8 engine and a police suspension package into its mid-sized F-85 and Cutlass models. The offering was a natural for Olds, since some credit the brand for inventing the first true muscle car in 1949.

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER

1967 Oldsmobile 442 coupe owned by Michael Federico

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING

When Pontiac introduced its GTO muscle car in mid-1964, Oldsmobile quickly went along for the ride with its own muscular 442 (“four four two”) option, stuffing a 310-horsepower V-8 engine and a police suspension package into its mid-sized F-85 and Cutlass models. The offering was a natural for Olds, since some credit the brand for inventing the first true muscle car in 1949.

The popular 442 – whose four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission and dual exhausts would produce 0-60 mile-per-hour times in the six-second range – was built through 1980, with the badge revived briefly in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Federico’s ride has even more power than the standard cars. “This is a high-performance four-speed, with 500 horsepower and 4.11 rear (gear ratio),” he says. “The 442 can do the quarter mile in the twelve-second range.”

HOW LONG HE’S OWNED IT

Since February 2012

WHERE HE FOUND IT

Federico found the car online and bought it from a Montana owner. He had it shipped to Florida, where he was able to drive and race it in the winter at Palm Beach and other venues.

CONDITION

Federico’s Olds features a Holley “double pumper” carburetor used for racing, as well as other modifications for the track or drag strip. “It was restored before I purchased it,” he says. “It has 124,000 original miles on it.”

TIPS FOR OWNERS

“Long Island has a classic car cruise night every night of the week. Go and enjoy,” Federico advises. “I joined the East End Olds Club that has charitable fundraiser events. It’s a great venue to make new friends who share a common interest with you.”

VALUE

Federico estimates the value at $25,000.

THE BOTTOM LINE

“This car has sentimental value to me because I had this model of car when I was younger, but I had to sell it when I got married,” he says. “People compliment me on the car. It’s a great hobby.”  

Tags: In the garage , classic cars , oldsmobile

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