Muscle Car of the Week: Olds’ 4-4-2 in high-res (38 HQ Photos) By: Rick Also in: Nostalgia Mar 20, 2017 1101 Liked! 70 Disliked 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter + View All Slides 1 One thing about Chivers that I’ve learned from posting cars over the last 7-years: They love the old school blunt power of Muscle Cars. Begin Slideshow Advertisement 2 Personally, I believe that the idea of saving up for an affordable fast car simply opens up our need for some wheel-burning fun. Yeah, we’d luv a Lambo but it’ll never happen. An old beat-up Trans-Am that you can tinker with and make your own; that’s do-able. As such, why begin with a Shelby Cobra when the essence revolves around, “maybe I can actually afford this baby”; this is the Olds’ 4-4-2. Welcome to my “Muscle Car of the Week”. Advertisement 3 Here’s how the idea began: Over the last few weeks, I’ve collected a ton of high-res images of the top-of-the-line/fastest Oldsmobile 4-4-2 called the “W-30 Package”. Advertisement 4 Problem is, there are some very notable one-off/Special addition 442s…so, why the f*ck not break some of these memorable pieces of American engineering into their own separate galleries? Advertisement 5 This first gallery is a high-res collection with a quick over-view of this big ol’ Beast. Advertisement 6 Back in ’65, Olds’ jammed in a 400-cubic-inch (6.6-liter) V-8 engine to a previous muscle car to create the “4-4-2” which stands for: -four-barrel carburetor -four-speed transmission -dual exhaust Advertisement 7 Advertisement 8 Quick once-over for the non-car Chivers, CID simply stands for Cubic Inches of Displacement. In an extremely simplified definition: when the pistons complete a single cycle, CID is the measurement of total volume of engine displacement. CID is the North American measurement. When trying to explain this concept, I find it easier to explain using “liters” from the Metric System. 9GIF Pretend an engine was pushing water through the engine…after one cycle the engine would push out “this much volume of water”. Therefore, a V-8 in the Old’s 4-4-2 has 8 pistons going from bottom to top in the 8 cylinders (4 and 4 making the “V” in “V8”) that are churning-out 400 CID which is the same as 6.6-liters. 10 The 4-4-2 was Oldmobile’s reaction to Pontiac’s hugely popular 1964 Tempest GTO. Never heard of it? Maybe you’ve heard of the ’69 version… 11 …maybe this will ring a bell, “The Judge”. 12 Pontiac GTO is one of my favorite cars ever and is absolutely a future Muscle Car of the Week. 13 To create this quick answer / GTO competitor, Olds’ used the body of their older “Cutlass” muscle car and added an option for customers to shell-out $285 to get the “B09 Police Apprehender” package. 14 No one called it the “Cutlass with a B09 P/A package”; everyone simply called it the “Four Four Two”. 15 Funny thing is, this ’64 version of the Cutlass B09 package only had a slightly bigger engine. The original Cutlass had a 326 CID which was bumped up to a 330 CID 5.4-liter V-8 that cranked out 310 horsepower. 16 One year later, that would change. 1965 would be the true birth of a GM rivalry: the GTO vs the 4-4-2. 17 This marks the beginning of the 4-4-2’s own badge to go with its 400 CID engine that now ripped out 345 hp. 18 If you’re a muscle car lover, then you’re probably in the category of “I’ll only buy it if she has manual transmission”. 19 The 4-4-2 had the option of a 3-speed automatic but everyone wanted the 4-speed manual OR the limited 3-speed “Hurst” shifter. 20 Before the age of paddle-shifters, a drivers ability to drive “stick” (and control wheel-spin/hit the gears) could make huge difference in how fast a car got from green-light to winning a drag-race. 21 Perfect example was the 0-60mph times of the ’65 Olds’ 4-4-2: Automatic = 7.5 seconds Manual (with a professional driver from “Car and Driver” magazine) = 5.5 seconds. 22 From a sales stand point, the 1964 smaller engine package only sold a total of 2,999 units…add that engine and badge and get the ’65 total sales of 25,003. 2324 In the follow-up galleries, I’ll focus on two specific 4-4-2s: the “W-30” and the “Hurst” special edition. 25 First-off, I’ll give a detailed break down of specs and design additions to Oldsmobiles’ top-of-the-line production version known as the ” W-30″ from 1970. 2627 The W-30 could churn out a 0-60mph time that is comparable to modern day sports cars…and its engine sounds way meaner. 28 The second part of that gallery comes from 1969, when a famous transmission company known as “Hurst” released a limited one-off version of the Olds 442. 29 The ’69 Hurst 442 is both rare and iconic in the car lover’s world. 3031 And this muscle car had some serious horsepower under the hood. 323334 Finally, we’ll get this bad-boy’s tires on the drag-strip with our first “Muscle Car of the Week”…the 4-4-2. 3536373839404142 If you guys have any suggestions for a future American icon from the days of making noise and having fun, I’m all ears. Thanks -Rick 43 Also, I try to simplify some terms for non-automotive Chivers who are interested in learning about the details of how a car’s engine/mechanics work. If you happen to have a better way of explaining things, such as CID out-put; don’t hesitate to put your thoughts in the comments. I’d really like for posts like this to appeal to a wide audience that may find interests in “learning something new”. Up Next: The best part of March Madness is the free throw distractions (26 Photos) Next Scroll down for more content.