In an awesome display of superior muscle car power, the reigning champ Ford is planning to make a Mustang 888 to beat Oldsmobile to the punch.  Ford doesn’t want Olds to even think about reviving the legendary “442” nameplate on a retro-mod muscle car.

The 442 was not named for it’s horsepower or torque, but rather for it’s 4-4-2 setup, meaning 4 carburetors, 4-speed transmission, and 2 (dual) exhausts.  Even if Olds attempted to bring back that legend, Ford will already have won with it’s 8-8-8.  That’s right, 8 direct-fuel injectors, 8-speed transmission, and 8 (octo) exhausts. 


The 442 debuted as a package in 1964 to compete with GM’s own Pontiac GTO,  which was also a package that turned into a model of it’s own.  The 1964 Oldsmobile 442 was rated at 310 hp @ 5200 rpm, 355 lb·ft from 2800 rpm to 3600 rpm.  It weighed 3,440 lbs. and did 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds.  It ran the quarter mile in 15.5 seconds at 90 mph, and reached a top speed of 116 mph.  Only 2,999 were sold.  (Source: Wikipedia).

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  1. 888,??? fORD,that exhaust system looks ridiculous,, 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Awesome,i really dont think anything comes close to an OLDS 442………….

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