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).