December 5, 2022

Austell Farmers Market

Feel It – Automotive!

Recalling muscle mass cars and two distinctive Olds 442s

5 min read

Q: Greg, I really savored the health supplement about common cars and trucks that appeared in the Boston Herald a number of months in the past. What I also really favored about your insightful articles were the promoting reprints from back in the day. I try to remember them nicely.

I grew up in Malden, Massachusetts, a substantial town just northwest of Boston. Walking the two miles to large school everyday, I handed by a few auto dealerships situated on one street, Jap Avenue: Gibbs Ford, Glick Dodge and Smyly Buick. I constantly popped into the showrooms or looked on the whole lot for muscle mass cars and trucks to aspiration about. In Malden there have been two velocity shops that bought and did overall performance aftermarket increase ons: PV velocity and A&J pace store. It was always fascinating to see the cars parked there.

I was a “late teen” during the peak of the muscle motor vehicle period and was a subscriber to Motor Craze magazine. I knew the engine dimensions, horsepower and 1/4-mile moments of each and every car or truck produced back then.

This week's reader and letter writer, Nate Lincoff, owned this powerful Olds 442 W-30 and then converted it to a daily driver street car.

When I initially attained my driver’s license in 1969, my father, who was 42 at that time, went along with purchasing a muscle mass car for the loved ones to drive. We test drove each individual brand name manufactured including Dodge Chargers, Pontiac GTOs, Ford Mustangs, Plymouth GTXs and the like. My father needed to go all-out and get a convertible to boot. He also needed a car with a high-quality establish and a decent ride so in other words and phrases Mopars had been out. Dad requested a 1969 Olds 442 with a four-velocity transmission, AM/FM stereo radio and purple line Uniroyal Tiger Paws at the corners, and it was beautiful. Regrettably, we only had it for five months as my older brother arrived property from the service and one particular night time took out 100-ft of guardrail! The car or truck was totaled, but he was Okay, while his passenger friend was hurt rather badly. That was the end of muscle mass cars for my father, and I was so bummed out. 

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