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.
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.”
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.”