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Old March 9th, 2010
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Question 1968 442 value??

Hi everyboby,
While I am into Oldsmobiles and own 2 of my own ('72 C/B hearse-rough-parts and a '76 98 4drh/t) and someday would LOVE to have a '71 Custom Cruiser, I have always been into the big cars and have never had the smaller/muscle/more popular cars,the reason I just joined is to try to help a friend.
My friend Chris has a 1968 Olds 442, VIN # 344878E171430, and due to some trouble in his family and not really being able to get out and enjoy the car he would like to sell it. However, he would like to get $40,000 or close to it to part with it and I just do not believe it could bring that, 15 to 20 maybe but I think 40 is WAY over, am I wrong??
The car IS in very nice condition but is NOT original, it has a newly redone 455 (I do believe the 455 was not even an option for cutlass/442??), I know at least the left rear quarter panel was replaced. It is midnight blue and the other year he had strips put on it but I think he put on the wrong year/style. It has black vinyl interior.
also, I thought ALL 442's had red inner fenderwells?? this does not, am I wrong??
Like I said, this really IS a very nice car but is my friend crazy thinking he might get $40,000 for it??
Other than the VIN are there other numbers I should look for??
Thanks for any help!!
Dana Bennett
Forestville, NY
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Old March 16th, 2010
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re 68 442

Yea 40k seems high for an unoriginal car. The red fender wells were exclusive to the W-30 (air induction) option. I assume this is not one of those cars. The stripe you mention, is it down the side of the fender where the 442 emblems are? It could be correct if that is the case. This option was only availlable in 1968 on the 442. The later years would see striping on the hood. What makes the 442 jump in price are the rare options and unless this car has any of those it is probably worth in the 20k range at the most. Watch the Mecum muscle car auctions on DiscoveryHD on the weekends. You will get a good barometer of what is going for what. I own a 69 442 and have had it since 1988, and I have done a ton of research on these cars. Just now getting back to mine after has been garaged for the past decade. Your friend might try taking it to Dunkirk in May and see what feedback he gets there. Hope this helps.
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Old March 16th, 2010
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Thanks for confirming that I was not far off base in thinking what the value might be on this car!!, yea, he had the typical hood stripes you see on later years put on, I don't think he knew at the time that for the year it should have been the other style, too bad cause I like the fender stripe being that you don't see it very often. I would need to look at the car again to see what options it might have. I would like to check out the auctions and other stuff on Discovery and other channels but unfortunately no cable out in the country and can't afford a dish, so standard TV and Dial-uP it is!!
I hope to check out Dunkirk this year the same as most years but I do not think my friend would want to bring it out for the car coral as he is pretty intent on getting what HE thinks it's worth, Like I said, it IS a VERY nice car but I think 15k to 20k is more realistic.
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