COLUMBUS GROVE —The 442 was a ‘muscle car’ option package for GM’s Oldsmobile Cutlass models beginning in 1964. Starting in 1968, the Olds 442 was a model all its own. In 1970 Motor Trend praised the 442, saying that “it’s probably the most identifiable super car in the GM house.” The 1970 Olds 442 was awarded pace car duties at the Indy 500. Oldsmobile was following Pontiac’s lead, offering a full-size muscle car in a mid-size Cutlass body. The name 442 represents the engine’s four barrel carb, four speed manual transmission and dual exhausts.
Troy Malsam, of Columbus Grove, brought his 1970 Olds 442 to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for 18 years. Malsam purchased the car totaled. He completed a frame off restoration to get this pristine beauty looking this great. His favorite memory is driving the car with his father.