1972 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible

Ryan Merrill ©2015, courtesy of Auctions America
  • Rocket 455-cid V8 engine
  • Automatic transmission
  • Restored by Thornton Brothers
  • Copy of window sticker
  • Copy of broadcast sheet
  • Restored to original specs
  • Factory air conditioning
  • Rare 8-track tape player
  • Sports console
  • Generously appointed from the factory

The popular and respected 442 Package included FE2 suspension with heavy-duty front and rear stabilizer bars, wide 14-by-7-inch wheels, louvered hood, special 442 grille, hood and body painted stripes, and 442 badging. You could choose from four body styles and you could also have a nice choice in powerplants. This excellent example runs with the big 455-cid unit with a 4-barrel carburetor, flared dual exhaust outlets and a specially sculpted rear bumper.

This 442 convertible has been beautifully and professionally restored by the Thornton brothers; this process has been photo documented, plus the Oldsmobile is accompanied by a copy of its window sticker and broadcast sheet. Presented as-original in Ebony Black with white interior (black dash and carpets), white soft top and white stripes, this is a well-optioned car that is deserving of attention.

This Cutlass 442 was first shipped from its Lansing, MI, final assembly point to Sandusky Chevrolet Company in Kingfisher, OK, and had an MSRP of $5,547.94, which included $1,894.94 worth of accessories. Key among this group is the 455-cid V8 engine. Among the other desirable factory options are automatic transmission, air conditioning, sports console, “anti-spin” rear end, Rocket Rally Pac, stereo tape player, various accessory lighting, remote outside mirror, AM/FM stereo radio, Soft-Ray glass, tilt steering wheel, cruise control and bumper guards, as well as power top, steering and brakes with front discs. Super Stock wheels were available in two styles, and this car features the chromed highlights style instead of the style that was color-keyed to the bodywork. Reported as outstanding throughout, this is a prime example of the respected and coveted Cutlass 442.

Dale Novak

Dale Novak - SCM Contributor

Dale started his love of cars by collecting Hot Wheels as a child. His first car was a dead 1970 Dodge Challenger 440 R/T, acquired for the princely sum of $500. He’s been buying, selling, restoring, collecting and otherwise obsessing over classic cars ever since. Dale serves as the voice of Auctions America as well as Tom Mack and Carlisle Auctions. He also serves as a Contributor and Senior Auction Analyst for SCM and ACC. Dale’s collection includes a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger, a “Mister Norm’s” 1970 Dodge Challenger 440 R/T and an ultra-rare 1940 Plymouth convertible (to name a few). When he’s not immersed in the world of classic cars, Dale applies his talents as a seasoned marketing and advertising consultant.

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