1965 Oldsmobile 442

1965 OLDSMOBILE 442 BACKGROUND
When the Classic Muscle Car Era took off in 1964 with the Pontiac GTO, Oldsmobile was the second GM division to jump in to the fray. By then, the formula was already established. Take a mid-sized car (in Olds' case that was the Cutlass), shoehorn in the biggest engine you can (Oldsmobile's new 400 V8), and sprinkle in some heavy duty brakes and suspension for good measure (which came from Olds' parts bin of Police Packages). Doll it up with special trim, upgraded interior, a model-specific hood, fancy wheels and a cool name and you've got a muscle car. In Oldsmobile's case, their new muscle car was called the 4-4-2, which was supposed to denote a 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed transmission and dual exhaust. Of course, most were ordered with automatics, so the marketing people quickly changed the meaning of the middle "4" to "400 engine". Soon Chevrolet and even Buick would have their own entries into the muscle car market and it was getting crowded, as both Ford and Mopar were launching muscle cars of their own. By 1965, the Oldsmobile 442 had carved out a market niche as 'the gentleman's muscle car'. Not necessarily the fastest, but more upscale and refined than the Chevelle SS's and Plymouth Road Runners of the world. Over the coming years, the Olds 442 would settle even more into this upscale muscle car role, sharing that market with the Buick Grand Sport.

1965 Oldsmobile 442 SPECIFICATIONS

1965 Olds 442 Production
Engine type
Displacement
Bore & Stroke
Compression ratio
Fuel system
Engine output
Oil capacity
Coolant capacity
Wheelbase
Length
Width
Height
Track, front
Track, rear
Brakes, front
Brakes, rear
Tire size
25,003
OHV 90-degree V8
400 ci
4.00" X 3.875"
10.25:1
1-Rochester 4bbl carb
345 hp @ 4800 rpm
5 US qts
17 US qts
115.0"
204.4"
74.4"
54.0"
58.0"
58.0
9.5" X 2.5" drums
9.5" X 2.0" drums
7.75" X 14"

Tall-deck big block
6.6L



440 lb/ft @ 3200 rpm











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OLDSMOBILE MUSCLE PORTFOLIO 1964-1971


OLDSMOBILE 4-4-2 & W-MACHINE: RESTORATION GUIDE


STANDARD CATALOG OF OLDSMOBILE 1897-1997


SETTING THE PACE: OLDSMOBILE’S FIRST 100 YEARS


OLDSMOBILE 1946-1960 PHOTO ARCHIVE


OLDSMOBILE 1948-1963, LIMITED EDITION PREMIER


ILLUSTRATED OLDSMOBILE BUYERS GUIDE


OLDSMOBILE V8 ENGINES: HOW TO BUILD MAX-PERFORMANCE


HOW TO BUILD MAX-PERFORMANCE OLDS V8s


OLDSMOBILE ADS OF THE 1950s & 1960s


OLDS CUTLASS 1974-1988 HAYNES REPAIR MANUAL


OLDS MUSCLE CAR ENGINES, DRIVETRAINS & SUSPENSION


OLDSMOBILE CONVERTIBLES, 1953-1966


OLDSMOBILE FULL-SIZE 1975-1990 CHILTON’S REPAIR MANUAL


RACING TO THE PAST: OLDSMOBILE & ITS DEMISE


PROJECT 2000 - RISE & FALL OF OLDSMOBILE DIVISION OF GM


OLDSMOBILE AUTO PARTS INTERCHANGE MANUAL 1935-1952


HEMMINGS BOOK OF OLDSMOBILES





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