The 1964-1965 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass 4-4-2 was Oldsmobile's counterpart to the Pontiac GTO in the burgeoning mid-size muscle market. It wasn't a separate model in these years but rather an option package usually ordered on the sporty Cutlass two-doors.
The series was an outgrowth of the "Police Apprehender Pursuit Package" (option B-09) that was theoretically available on any '64 F-85 or Cutlass. It was renamed 4-4-2 to denote four-speed floorshift manual gearbox, four-barrel carburetor, and dual exhausts.
The package also threw in heavy-duty suspension, wider wheels and tires, special rear axle and driveshaft, heavy-duty engine mounts/steering gear/frame, front and rear stabilizer bars, 11-inch clutch, 70-amp battery, and special nameplates. For 1965, the designation stood for a new standard 400-cid V-8 with four-barrel carb and dual exhausts. The 4-4-2 package could be combined with any trim level from plain to fancy.
Exhilarating performance was guaranteed in these cars: 0-60 mph came up in 7.5 seconds, the standing-start quarter-mile in 17 seconds, and top speed was around 125 mph. Road manners were a cut above its competitors'.
Pluses of the 1964-1965 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass 4-4-2:
- A stormer from the good old days
- Capable handling
- Reasonable size
- Nice styling
- Strong appreciation
- Convertibles rare
- Milestone car status
Minuses of the 1964-1965 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass 4-4-2:
- Thirsty and doesn't like today's low-calorie gas
- Not as quick as a GTO
Production of the 1964-1965 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass 4-4-2:
- 1964 Holiday 2-door hardtop: 2,999
- 1965 Holiday 2-door hardtop: 21,535; convertible: 3,468
Specifications of the 1964-1965 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass 4-4-2:
Wheelbase, inches: 115.0
Length, inches: 203.0/204.3 (1964/1965)
Weight, pounds: 3,141-3,338
Price, new: $2,700-3,200 (base; approximate)
Engines for the 1964-1965 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass 4-4-2:
| ohv V-8 ||330 cid||310||1964|
|ohv V-8||400 cid||345||1965|
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