1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442

Body Off Restored National Award Winning 442 Convertible 400 V8 TH400 12 Bolt PS
Stock #
135893
Body Style
Convertible
Engine
400 V8
Exterior Color
Saffron Yellow
Interior Color
Parchment
Miles
55736

PRICING WITH:

$69,900
$69,000
$68,000

Trade in a Vehicle

Trade Vehicle

Why Buy From Us ?

Why Buy
  • Original 400 cubic inch Rocket V8
  • Heavy-duty suspension
  • 15-inch Super Stock II wheels
  • The beneficiary of a detailed, body-off restoration that was completed in 2007
  • Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed automatic transmission
  • Factory power steering
  • Correct Saffron Yellow paint / Correct Black top
  • 12-bolt rear axle / Limited-slip differential
  • Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes
  • Correct Parchment interior / Factory air conditioning

SUMMARY

  • The beneficiary of a detailed, body-off restoration that was completed in 2007
  • Original 400 cubic inch Rocket V8
  • Correct Saffron Yellow paint / Correct Black top
  • Correct Parchment interior / Factory air conditioning
  • Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed automatic transmission
  • 15-inch Super Stock II wheels
  • Factory power steering
  • Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes
  • 12-bolt rear axle / Limited-slip differential
  • Heavy-duty suspension

While Pontiac may have kick-started the muscle car era with its GTO, it didn’t take Oldsmobile long to follow suit with their 442. Praised for its balanced performance and handling, the 442 was a well groomed street fighter that seemingly got better with every production year. By 1969, the formula was firmly in place and Oldsmobile rolled out some incredible machines like this Saffron Yellow 442 convertible. The subject of a comprehensive, frame-off restoration, the results were good enough to net this Olds a first place trophy at the 2007 Oldsmobile Nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Featuring a numbers-matching 400, a tough Turbo-Hydramatic transmission, head-turning aesthetics and a lengthy list of factory options, this top-notch 442 is ready for the back roads or the show field. If you’re in the market for an alternative A-body, there are few better choice than this sweet Olds!

BODYWORK/TRIM

Despite its late December build date, workers at the Linden, New Jersey assembly plant undoubtedly let their thoughts drift to summer as this pastel convertible rolled down the line. With its combination of light colors, it’s virtually impossible to picture this car outside of a sunny landscape. As far as design, many of the 1968 442’s highlights remained in place for the 1969 model year, but subtle changes, including an updated front end and taillight treatment, refined the look. Resprayed in 2007, the car’s smooth coat of Code 40 Saffron Yellow paint practically glows across modernist 442 lines. From all angles, the time invested in both paint and body are obvious. And fit and finish is light years ahead of most cars produced during this era, with clean, even gaps all around.

Straddling the line between luxury and performance, the 442 had plenty of trim to go around. At the front of the car, a bright chrome bumper hangs clear parking lamps below a stainless-trimmed grille, which frames a silver “442” emblem and four T3 headlights. At the sides of those lights, slick stainless trim traces the car’s fender lines and wheel openings under a ‘power bulge’ hood that’s accented by Gloss Black pin stripes. At the top of that profile, like-new glass is seated between polished wipers, polished frames and a tight black roof that features a glass backlite. At the base of that greenhouse, chrome handles and polished mirrors reflect bold “442” emblems and cool rocket marker lamps. Out back, a smooth decklid hangs a large “442” emblem, a fresh Hurst emblem and another gloss black pin stripe above clean, rocket-inspired taillights. And a second bright bumper aligns crystal clear reverse lamps with trumpeted, 442-specific exhaust tips.

ENGINE

Pop the hood and you’ll find an original, 400 cubic inch V8 that displays a 396026G casting number and correct partial VIN under a period-correct shade of bronze paint. Professionally rebuilt and fully detailed, the hot V8 is a super-efficient wedge head design that utilizes a standard stroke and undersquare bore to create a healthy 350 horsepower and 440 lb./ft. of torque straight from the factory. Stomp the throttle and a big Rochester Quadrajet carburetor mixes fuel from fresh stainless fluid lines with oxygen from a Fire Red single-snorkel air cleaner, and shoves it into a correct cast iron intake manifold. At the sides of that intake, original Oldsmobile “C” heads cap restored exhaust manifolds, which make quick work of spent gases. Behind those tubes, a familiar points distributor sends fire through fresh Packard TV R Suppression wires. Cooling is provided by reproduction GM hoses, which cycle water through a correct, heavy-duty radiator. Charging comes courtesy of brand new V-belts, which spin a fresh alternator, factory-correct power steering and a Frigidaire compressor behind a standard, 4-blade fan. And, from its washer reservoir to its grease markings, nearly every piece of this engine bay shows as it should have in the showroom.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

Behind that 400 V8 lives a 400 of another sort – GM’s stalwart Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed automatic transmission. From there, power flows through a marked driveshaft to a proven GM 12-bolt, which spins a limited-slip differential. The car’s detailed undercarriage retains its stock layout, with double A-arms and stiff coil springs leading a strengthened 4-link that features boxed lower control arms and a factory sway bar. Being a well optioned car, all amenities are in place, including power steering and power front disc and rear drum brakes. And everything rolls on 15-inch Super Stock IIs and 225/75 Coker Classic redlines.

INTERIOR

Open this 442’s doors and a clean code 937 Parchment interior awaits. Up front, recovered buckets appear to have seen little seat time since the restoration wrapped up. One of the rarer options on this 442 is its reclining passenger seat – a scarcely mentioned luxury for the 1969 year. Between those seats, a factory console wraps a factory shifter in bright wood applique and stylish chrome. From the driver’s seat, Rally Pack gauges keep tabs on the 400. Just in front of those gauges, the three-spoke steering wheel laps a tilting column. In the center of the dash, an AM/FM radio, complete with a power antenna, remains fully functional in its original home. And when you factor in factory air conditioning and power windows, this interior provides a surprisingly modern driving experience for a car that was built almost 50 years ago. Best of all, absolutely every piece of it functions like it should.

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION

  • An original Owner’s Manual
  • Miscellaneous accessory tags
  • Miscellaneous historical documents

With plenty of stock motivation under the hood, a truly comfortable interior and plenty of creature comforts this 442 is sure to win over enthusiasts and car show judges alike. If you’re ready to park a first rate A-body in your garage, don’t miss the chance to take home this classy Oldsmobile!

Basic

Year
1969
Make
Oldsmobile
Secondary Make
n/a
Model Name
Cutlass
Secondary Model
442
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Muscle Car
Mileage
55736

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
400 V8
Engine Number
396026G
Heads
Stock
Fuel Specification
n/a
Fuel Delivery System Type
Single 4 Barrel
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic
Transmission Spec
TH400
Transmission Number
n/a

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM/FM Radio
Battery Location
LH Engine Compartment
Battery Shut Off
At battery.
Battery Charger
n/a
Power Steering
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes

Interior

Interior Color
Parchment
Seating Type
Bucket
Seat Material
Vinyl
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
Yes

Body

Body Style
Convertible
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Saffron Yellow
Paint Type
Basecoat/Clearcoat
Stripes
Yes

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Double A-arm
Rear Suspension Type
4-Link
Axle Specification
12 Bolt
Front Wheel Specification
15"
Rear Wheel Specification
15"
Front Tire Specification
225/75R15
Rear Tire Specification
225/75R15
Front Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Drum
Spare
225/75R15
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
Turbo Muffler

History

Restoration Status
Restored
Mileage Since Restoration
n/a
Awards Summary
  • Class win.
  • — Oldsmobile Nationals.
  • — 2007.
Historical Documents Summary
* Original Owner's Manual. * Miscellaneous accessory tags. * Miscellaneous historical documents.

Our Service Programs

Seal of Approval Basic Safety Check

Contact Us Regarding this Vehicle

Call Us

  • 704.445.9105
  • 704.596.5980

Email Us

  • *
  • *