1969 Oldsmobile 442: losing identity

Even in 1968 442 became a separate model and the restyled car has reinforced success. The changes were mostly cosmetic. The model began to look more modest, while clearly boasting its origin – the numbers 442 model name became larger in size. What is more, model lost its original location of the lights, and because of that became very close to look like a Buick Skylark.

1969 Oldsmobile 442 design

The design was generally characteristic of all muscle cars of that time. 442 had a greater or lesser extent of the same platform cars – Skylark from Buick, Chevelle, GTO from Pontiac. To be honest, when viewed from the side they can be easily confused.

1969 oldsmobile 442 review
From 1968 model the new one differed by completely remade front part. There was a “tooth” connecting the hood and grille, which adorned the inscription 442. Lights moved closer to each other, taking a classic arrangement. The rear part has also changed – instead of thin strips of lights appeared “fangs” – vertically elongated rear lights.

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The interior has not changed, there were only cutouts for ventilation and air conditioning systems. The original form and location of gauges remain in place, as well as the reverse slope of the panel (which was in fact on every second car at the time). According to new safety requirements, the ignition switch has been moved to the steering column. The standard trim for the first time features headrests.

1969 oldsmobile 442 interior

1969 Oldsmobile 442 specs

The 1969 model year car has slightly modified optional disc brakes. The exhaust system has also been redesigned to provide more power. Engines remain the same. On the choice of a 350 cubic inch V8 producing 325 HP (W-31) or a wide variety of 400 cubic inches (6.6L) engines – W-30, V8 and W-32. The latest were equipped with the forced air induction. All 400CID engines produced 350-360 HP.
As for gearboxes, 1969 Oldsmobile 442 might be equipped with 3-speed manual, 3-speed or 4-speed automatic.


1969 Oldsmobile 442 Hurst / Olds

The special edition Hurst / Olds 442 had kept in production for 1969. The car has updated color scheme (Fire frost gold or cameo white), fully-functional ram air hood scoop and rear spoiler. It has also cool-looking chrome plated rims. Hurst / Olds was available only with huge 455 CID (7.5L) V8 engine producing massive 380 HP. However, it was a bit weaker than in 1968.

1969 oldsmobile 442 hurst olds

1969 Oldsmobile 442 performance

Unfortunately, only top-end Hurst / Olds modification was tested back in 1969. The figures are 0-60 acceleration in 5.9 sec, quarter mile in 13.09 with the exit speed of 103.1 miles per hour. To be honest, it is good results, but far from being best in its class.

1969 oldsmobile 442 brochure

1969 Oldsmobile 442 production numbers

Total only 26,357 cars were built. Most of them were hardtops – 19,587. Only 297 cars with the W-32 engine were built, even less than top-end Hurst / Olds (906 pieces).

1969 Oldsmobile 442 price and collectibility

1969 442 is not so rare car, but its price, as for any classic muscle car, depends on its condition and rareness of the modification. So, standard hartop might be purchased for less than $ 40,000, while convertibles or unique trims will cost way more – sold on auctions only.

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