May 18, 2007

Theme day on the blog.

This is one of these days when my usual method of writing about whatever strikes my fancy produces the impression that I'm working a theme. Totally unintentional... but here's another car picture:

1968 Oldsmobile 442

That's a 1968 Oldsmobile 442.


Anthony said...

Car porn.

You've found your new calling, Ann.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

"Totally unintentional" = Freudian.

B said...

Now there's a car.

The neighbor boy 2 doors down had one .


An Edjamikated Redneck said...

My brother has had a '69 Cutlass for about 20 years now; he bought it when he was 15- and talk about a car!

I have four brothers (the smallest is 6-2) and the five of us would fill the trunk with our softball equipment, pile in the Cutlass, put the top down and cruise to our games. We figured it held about 1200 pounds of people and another 150 in equipment each time we played. Trying doing that in a Geo. Ain't gonna happen.

Jimmy said...

Now that's a carbon footprint!

LutherM said...

In the Great American Midwest Heartland, (even in the People's Republic of Madison), classic cars seem to be GM, Chrysler, even Ford products - with the occasional smattering of DeLorean, Studebaker, etc.
On the East Coast and the Left Coast, classics include the 300SL Gullwing, the MG TC & TD, the Morgan, various Jaguars, etc.
James Dean drove a Porsche, and there is the Joplin song:
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

Even though she was from Texas, note that Janis did not ask for anything from Detroit.

corporate law drudge said...

My uncle had one - silver gray with a Hurst 4 speed and a 400 c.i. engine. When I was a senior in high school, Uncle Bill broke his leg and couldn't drive a standard for several months. We kindly swapped the LeSabre for the 442 during his infirmity. Wee hoo! What a car!

Richard said...

So for you, a "theme" day is really "The Me" day. Does that mean you are naturally a bit spacey?

Greybeard said...

You made my heart go pitter-pat!
I owned a new one just like this 442, except mine was a hardtop and it was turquoise.
I had just graduated from OCS and felt I deserved it.

Oldsmobiles answer to the Pontiac GTO,the sucker would run like a scalded dog. Accelerating from a stop light once, a girlfriend commented-
"this thing feels like taking off in an airliner."

Wish I still owned it.

Dadgum said...

Little 442, you make me feel alive
4 barrel and a 4-speed, and a 455

All it needed was a song and it coulda been somebody.

Jerub-Baal said...

Unfortunately Dadgum, the '68 would have had a 400. The only way you could get a 455 in a Cutlass body was to get the Hurst/Olds which (though you could get it through Olds dealers) was technically an aftermarket conversion. GM brass had this thing against putting big-big engines in midsize cars. I've heard it variously as nothing over 400 ci, or nothing under 10 lbs/ horsepower. See this H/0 Club of America page. GM finally gave up in '70, and the 'regular' 442s got 455 ci engines that year. I remember this 'cause I had a bog-standard '70 Cutlass sedan, and always lusted after any of the 442s.

Little Hurst/Olds aftermarket conversion, you make me feel alive
4 barrel and a 4-speed, and a 455
just doesn't sing, which is probably why the Beach Boys never tried you otherwise excellent idea.

James R. Rummel said...

Looks like the old Batmobile from the TV show.


rightwingprof said...

Beautiful. We had a 68 Bonneville. It was my favorite car.