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Of course, there's a story behind them all, and I'm
including a brief description.
This is my overall rarest, a '65 JetStar
1. The only non-Lansing produced car I have, it was
assembled in Kansas City and sold new in Sioux City Iowa. It's in excellent condition, mostly
restored. As with all Jetstar 1s, it has the 370 hp
Starfire engine and bucket seat interior.
Total Jetstar 1 production for 1965 was
6,552. Target Red with white interior, this car is one
of the 233 4-speed cars. It also has a 3.23 locking
differential. It is documented right down to its wire
wheel covers by the original build sheet (in amazingly good
condition) and Protect-O-Plate.
This 442 came looking for me, a '67 442 4-Speed Convertible.
A very solid 65,000 mile beauty. It has been kept
virtually stock, and equipped as it came off the assembly
line. This is one fast car!
The option list is just about as I would have
ordered myself: 4-speed, 3.90 Anti-Spin, buckets with headrests,
console, ps, pb, tilt, SS1s, Rocket Rally Pac, AM/FM radio,
Convenience Lamps and mirror. Originally Gold, with black
interior and top. The black paint is over 10 years old,
and the next paint job will bring it back to it's original
This is the latest acquisition, a 1969 442
convertible. This is Ellen's baby, since she blew the
engine in her '69 442 4-speed many years ago. This car
came looking for me too! Bought as a non-running
project car, it was supposedly one of 1164 '69 4-speed 442
convertibles. But when I got it home and went over it
thoroughly, I discovered it was actually one of 87 with the
3-speed manual box! It has the numbers matching drivetrain
completed by a 3:23 Anti-Spin rear.
Optioned rather lightly for a 442
covertible, it has power steering, power disc brakes, no air or
other power options, no console. It has the original SS1s,
the rare "810"s that are required for the front disc brakes.
It even has "only" the standard (not deluxe) seat belts.
Mostly a Florida car, it does have some "Florida
rust", but the floorpans, trunk, and frame are rock solid.
I replaced the leaking freeze plugs, and got it
running. And it runs very good, though the clutch is a bit
rough. So now it will be a driver while
it waits proper restoration. Originally Sable (dark brown)
color, it has a tired white repaint. When restored, it
will be brought back to the original Sable color.
My '66 442, this is a Cutlass Sports Coupe, one
of 3,787. STILL in mid-restoration, this W-29 is being
rebuilt totally as original, except Tri-Carb is being added to
the engine, rebuilt to '66 W-30 specs. The engine is the
original (documented by the Protect-O-Plate) and was not
overbored in the rebuild.
It will be painted the original Sierra Mist.
Body side molding (missing in the picture) will be put back
on, and SS1s will be put back on, as it originally came with
them. It has the close ratio 4-speed, 3:90 Anti-Spin rear, and black
bucket seat interior with a console.
The last W-Machine
made by Oldsmobile: a W-41, 1992 Achieva SCX. Limited Edition factory race car.
One of 1149 in made in '92. A "modern" musclecar. This car can
inspiring at low rpm, but starting at 4,000 rpm it pulls hard
to 7,000. The rev limiter kicks in at 7,200 so you can't hurt it.
Scary in the curves, its 190 hp (without turbo
& trouble) pulls .86 Gs on the skid pad. Remember,
handling is what distinguished the Olds musclecars from the
pack! I bought it new in '92 as
soon as they hit the showroom in April. Presently
~17,000 mi., garaged except for shows. Was a Centennial
Parade Car in Lansing at the 100th birthday party in Aug. '97.