Q&A: Where Did 442 Name from Oldsmobile Come From?

Kick wants to know where the “442” in the Oldsmobile 442 name came from. The short answer is “4-barrel carb, 4-speed transmission, 2 exhaust pipes.” The longer answer is more interesting.

Aaron Turpen
An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.