Olds fans were a bit confused in ’69 why GM didn’t lift its displacement restrictions and allow the larger 455 cubic-inch V8 in the hot 442. This car rectifies that conundrum, and the extra large Olds big-block is under the hood for a more potent muscle car. The Rocket 455 V8 looks terrific in the engine bay with the chrome valve covers and air grabber. And of course, we all love to see their hallmark golden block radiating from the engine bay. Plus, there’s an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor. This added power fires up with authority and makes a great rumble as it exits out of the dual exhaust (yup…400+ cubic inches, four-barrel carburetor, and dual exhaust it lives up to the namesake of the 1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2!) As usual with an Oldsmobile, no matter how much power it’s putting down, it still has the luxury of all-day usability. This comes from features such as the power steering and front disc brakes. And the final upgrade is to a 200R4 four-speed automatic transmission with a highway-friendly overdrive.

Concord, North Carolina, United States