Sunday, March 20, 2011

Muscle Car Weather

The recent weather has stirred thoughts of Spring.With thoughts of Spring comes the urge to unleash the growling beast which has rested dormant in the garage since the leaves began to drop and the weather turned cold. Said beast is pictured above. I posted about my 1969 Olds 442 some time ago. Then I came across a better photo in my desk at the office, this time the American muscle shown with top down.
I have lusted after this particular, year, make and model since 10th grade.In that year I began to work at a local gas station after school and on weekends. One of the mechanics at the station had a 69 442 and I simply fell in love.I liked Mustangs and Vettes, but something about the 69 442 captured me. Being 15 and having no money, I had to settle for admiration from afar and the occassional ride in the mechanics car.

Fast forward to 1998 and a listing offering a 1969 Olds 442 convertible for sale in Norristown, PA. Now I possessed the means and the garage space. The sale was consumated and I have been enjoying this car ever since. When the weather turns the cover is removed, washing and waxing is completed, oil is changed and fluids are checked. A drive around the back roads of the Main Line on a soft, sunny Spring day is a type and form of therapy not often found.


James said...

What a beauty! Massive car envy here. Thanks for having my back with the any-mouse. I have taken a blood oath never to mention him again, no matter how perturbed I become. By the by I did notice you did not repute anything ADG said about the night in question.

RulingPart said...

I drive a mini van. I'm going to go slap it now.

David said...

The 442 is one of the most beautiful cars that GM has ever made, and you possess a perfect example! I can only imagine what it's like to really get on it in that thing. Let alone just cruising it along with the top down.

A good friend of mine restores cars for a living and had a hardtop 442 in college, he had it kitted out with high flow Holley carbs, edelbrock headers, ported and polished, I think a 3.73 posi, pretty much everything you could think of. It was hands down the fastest car I've ever been in.

Leisa Dreps said...

You know it’s really hard for me, personally, to pick a favorite car. There’s so much variety and every kind offers something unique. But, I’m not wondering either why you’ve been captivated by the Oldsmobile 442. For one, this is a classic and is striking. Plus, I think every car lover must’ve heard of its reputation being so fast it was a car to be avoided at stop light battles during the 60’s and 70’s. Cool!

Clint Moore said...

This is a muscle car produced by Oldsmobile. This car has a four-barrel carburetor that blends air and fuel for an internal combustion engine. It has a four-speed manual transmission responsible for a good run of a car. This car is really one of a kind. And by the way, by 1991 it has been named as Quad 442.