was a pioneer for the 1949 model, they introduced their
Rocket engine, which used an
overhead valve V8 design. This engine produced far
more power than the engines that were popular during
that era, and found favor with hot-rodders and stock car
racers. The basic design, with few minor changes,
endured until Oldsmobile redesigned their V8 engines in
the mid-1960s. Oldsmobile's Rocket V8 engine was
the leader in performance, generally considered the
fastest cars on the market.
1960s Oldsmobile's notable achievements included the
introduction of the first turbocharged engine in 1962,
the first modern front-wheel drive car produced in the
United States (the 1966 Toronado), the Vista Cruiser
station wagon (noted for its roof glass), and the
upscale 442 muscle car.
Oldsmobile 442 - began as a 1964
muscle car option package (4-barrel
carburetor, 4-speed manual transmission, 2
exhausts) on the F-85/Cutlass. In 1965, to better
compete with the Pontiac GTO, the original 330 CID V8
rated at 310 hp was replaced by a new 400 CID V8 rated
at 345 hp. The 442 definition was changed to "4"
hundred CID V8 engine, "4"-barrel carburetor, and "2"
exhaust pipes, and was named by "Car Craft Nationals" as
the "Top Car of 1965." In 1968 the 442 became its own
model and got a larger 455 CID V8 engine in 1970.
production day for Oldsmobile was April 29, 2004.