Word: The next story was excerpted from the February 2019 subject of Collectible Car journal
The 1942 Oldsmobile brochure proclaimed that the vehicles have been “Higher Wanting . . . Higher Lasting . . . Higher Constructed Than Any Oldsmobile In Forty-4 Years.” Taking part in off the “B” in “higher” and 44 years, all 1942 Olds wore a B-44 badge. This ’42 Collection 66 Particular, owned by Dave and June Simon of Gardena, California, confirms Olds’s boast of high quality and sturdiness. The membership coupe has coated 76,000 miles and is generally authentic. It has been repainted in its authentic Metallic Mist Blue, though the engine compartment and trunk retain the manufacturing unit paint. The tan ripple-weave Bedford-cloth-and-broadcloth inside is authentic.
Dave Simon says he enjoys driving the Olds and that it’s “a pleasant, easy automobile.” As a six-cylinder member of the Particular Sixty collection, it was dubbed a 66. (A straight-eight Collection 68 was a much less widespread alternative for the Specials.) Plus, the unique proprietor took a cross on Oldsmobile’s fashionable Hydra-Matic computerized transmission in favor of the usual three-speed guide. The one choices on this automobile are fog lights and a bundle that consisted of clock, deluxe instrument cluster and steering wheel, glove-box mild, and hood decoration. It lacks a heater and radio. A primary coupe would have been a standard sight within the Forties and this Olds has appeared in Forties-set movies reminiscent of The Aviator that informed the story of Howard Hughes. As we speak, it may possibly been seen at Cornwell and Sheridan Motor Vehicles in Gardena.
For 1942 Oldsmobile facelifted its new-for-1941 design with recent front-end styling that featured “Double-Obligation” bumpers with an higher bumper bar supported by vertical bumper guards. The moderately busy grille was designed by Roy Brown, who later designed the entrance finish of the 1958 Edsel. In widespread with most 1942 Common Motors vehicles, the entrance fenders have been prolonged again into the entrance doorways. This was a extra fashionable look that might serve Oldsmobile nicely within the postwar years when the ’42 design returned with the addition of a a lot cleaner grille.
Oldsmobiles rode on a sturdy X-braced body with coil springs at every nook. In entrance was GM’s “Knee-Motion” unbiased suspension. Three wheelbases have been provided: 119 inches for the A-body Particular, 125 inches for the B-body Collection 70 Dynamic Cruiser, and 127 inches for the Collection 90 Customized Cruiser on the company “C” physique. Specials and Dynamic Cruisers provided a alternative of a 100-hp, 238-cid six or 110-hp, 257-cid eight, each L-heads. The smoother eight price solely $42 or $43 extra, however the nation was nonetheless feeling the consequences of the Despair and, maybe, anticipating fuel rationing. The overwhelming majority of Particular and Dynamic Cruiser patrons selected the extra fuel-efficient six. The Customized Cruiser got here solely with the eight, successfully making it the 98 that lengthy served because the division’s status nameplate.
Olds clients have been extra prone to spring for the elective Hydra-Matic. Oldsmobile launched this absolutely computerized transmission in 1940. Different makes provided semiautomatics, however solely Hydra-Matic completely eradicated the clutch and shifting between excessive and low gear ranges. Cadillac provided Hydra-Matic beginning in 1941, however within the medium-price area, Olds was the one self-shifting recreation on the town. Apart from ease of operation, the four-speed Hydra-Matic was stated to ship higher fuel mileage than the guide, helped by a numerically decrease axle ratio. Almost half of Oldsmobiles in 1941 had automatics and the share was most likely comparable for ’42. Olds gross sales hit a excessive of 270,038 vehicles in 1941. Solely 67,999 Oldsmobiles have been constructed for war-shortened 1942—together with 3803 Particular Collection 66 membership coupes.
1942 Oldsmobile Particular 66 Membership Coupe Gallery
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