Super-Clean 1965 Oldsmobile 442 Hides Restomod Upgrades

Aug 3, 2020 3 min read
Super-Clean 1965 Oldsmobile 442 Hides Restomod Upgrades

Factory looks with aftermarket performance.

It's not often that a car labeled as a restomod also gets to boast a status of mostly original, but that's exactly the unique situation of this 1965 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2 being auctioned off through The Driven Exchange. Everything about this classic muscle car seems to suggest it's a stock 442, and while it definitely underwent a high-quality rotisserie restoration, this build is ready to cruise thanks to some hidden restomod upgrades.

Image Credit: The Driven Exchange

Those upgrades start under the hood, but not exactly how you might think. Instead of swapping out the factory engine with something bigger, this 442's numbers-matching engine was rebuilt and upgraded with aftermarket fuel injection and air conditioning. This engine uses a fully custom dual exhaust system that still manages to mount to the factory hangers and use factory outlets, and shifting duty is performed through a four-speed manual transmission – that is what the second "4" in 4-4-2 stands for after all! The only major clue that this Oldsmobile has been restomodded is the four-wheel power disc brakes with drilled and slotted rotors that peek out from the period-correct American Racing five-spoke wheels.

In terms of style, it'll be hard finding a 1965 Oldsmobile 442 that is cleaner than this one: outside, inside and underneath. While it no longer features the original paint color, this car's Forest Mist paint job was a factory-available color on the '65 Cutlass. The inside is even cleaner with even the smallest detail being refinished for a brand-new look in this 55-year-old muscle car. The original seats were redone for this restoration, but everything looks factory fresh with the crown jewel being the wood-rimmed, three-spoke steering wheel.

Image Credit: The Driven Exchange

This 1965 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2 will be up for auction through August 6th, so be sure you're registered to bid for a shot at owning a low-key restomod.

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