1967 Olds 442 Identification


Entering its third year of production in 1967, Oldsmobile's muscle car, the 442, competed directly with Pontiac's Tempest GTO. Identifying a true from-the-factory 442 can prove difficult; with a little knowledge, however, you can distinguish this iconic automobile.

VIN Codes

  • In 1967, the 442 was still a performance package available on the Sports and Holiday coupes as well as the convertible---not a separate nameplate, thus making identification tricky. When you look at at the cowl tag, the car series and body ID number should include the "338xx" sequence after the "67" designation.

Engine and Transmission

  • Olds 442s from 1967 should have a "C" stamped into the front of the left cylinder head and inside the right rear cylinder head. The model year also featured the new QuadraJet four-barrel carburetor, an auto or manual Turbo HydraMatic transmission and a bronze-colored 400-cubic-inch engine. An odd third number in the cowl tag series number means the car in question has had its original V-6 replaced with a V-8 and is thus not a true Olds 442.


  • True 442s are also identifiable by their boxed lower-rear control arms, a Rally Pac dash, a rear sway bar, chrome-tipped dual exhaust and chrome air cleaner. The extremely high-performance W-30 model of the 442 had red fiberglass fender wells that are now easily replicated and thus don't always indicate a factory 442 W-30. W-30s, which came only as four-speeds, will always have forced air and a chrome-plated air cleaner.

Exterior Cues

  • The 1967 442 lacked the familiar "Oldsmobile" script on the grille; instead, Oldsmobile placed a block-style "442" in this area. The front fenders, dash and trunk lid also carried the "442" script. Also, unlike their non-high-performance Cutlass Supreme cousins, the rear roof pillar on 442s did not have a "Cutlass Supreme" emblem.

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