From Garage Find to Showstopper: The Incredible Transformation of a 1969 Oldsmobile 442

This 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Holiday Coupe was refurbished during previous ownership and acquired by the seller in August 2021. The car is powered by a 455ci V8 mated to a three-speed automatic transmission and wears a repaint in blue over a matching reupholstered interior. Features include a Positraction rear end, a W-30-style air induction system, hood stripes, SSIII-style wheels, power-assisted front disc brakes, and power steering. This 442 is now offered by the seller on behalf of his brother with a selection of spares, an additional 400ci V8 block and components, and a clean Arizona title.

455-Powered 1969 Oldsmobile 442

The car was refinished in blue during previous ownership and features white vinyl hood stripes, chrome bumpers, W-30–style air intakes beneath the front bumper, quad headlights, 442 and W-30 badging, and dual exhaust outlets. The seller notes a crack in the left drip-rail paint.

455-Powered 1969 Oldsmobile 442

14″ Oldsmobile SSIII-style wheels are finished in blue and wrapped in 225/70 Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 tires. The car is equipped with power-assisted front disc brakes, power steering, and front and rear sway bars.

455-Powered 1969 Oldsmobile 442

The cabin was refurbished and features blue vinyl seats and door panels along with a matching dashboard and carpets. Features include a remotely adjustable side mirror and woodgrain trim. A dash cover is included. The factory AM radio is disconnected and the right window crank is said to be difficult to operate.

455-Powered 1969 Oldsmobile 442

The three-spoke steering wheel frames a 120-mph speedometer, a tachometer with an inset clock, and gauges for fuel level, oil pressure, and coolant temperature. The five-digit odometer shows 7k miles, though total mileage is unknown.

455-Powered 1969 Oldsmobile 442

The 455ci V8 is said to have been built by Wheeler Racing Engines in Blaine, Minnesota, and installed under previous ownership. A W-30 air induction system is fitted, and the engine is reportedly equipped with the following components:

  • Forged TRW 10.25:1 pistons
  • Ported and polished “C” casting cylinder heads
  • Competition Cams pushrods, rocker arms, and guide plates
  • Engle 523/544 camshaft
  • Edelbrock Performer intake manifold
  • Holley 850-cfm Double Pumper carburetor
  • Mondello oiling system
  • Milodon gear drive
  • MSD distributor
  • Five-core radiator
  • K&N air filter

The seller has supplied a specifications list, and photos are provided in the gallery.

455-Powered 1969 Oldsmobile 442

Power is sent to the rear wheels through a B&M Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission and a Positraction rear end. A stainless steel exhaust system is fitted, and additional underside photos are provided in the gallery below.

455-Powered 1969 Oldsmobile 442

The dash-mounted chassis tag decodes as follows:

  • 3 – Oldsmobile make
  • 44 – 442 model
  • 87 – Two-door Holiday Coupe
  • 9 – 1969 model year
  • M – Assembled in Lansing, Michigan
  • 234781 – Production sequence

455-Powered 1969 Oldsmobile 442

An owner’s manual, assembly manual, service records, and a 442 t-shirt are included in the sale. Additionally, parts for a 400ci V8 will accompany the car, including the engine block, a J-casted intake manifold, D-port-style headers, a Delco carburetor, and more pictured in the photo gallery.






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