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Old 07-18-2010, 07:59 PM   #1
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does anyone know the production numbers for the 85 442 t top? i have looked around and tried to find out but all i get is about 3300. i bought a 85 442 t top silver with maroon interior. i was wondering if there were any numbers that broke down the production more than just 3300 like how many t top, sun roof, and hard top. maybe even how many silver white and black.
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:49 PM   #2
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3000 1985 442s were made. IIRC, that's 3rd place for the least amount, behind 1980 and 1964. But sorry, no breakdown as far as options. Black seems to be the predominate color. White seemingly is the rarest color.

The claret intererior with the medium gray metallic exterior was not a popular choice, so it's pretty rare.
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:33 AM   #3
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The claret intererior with the medium gray metallic exterior was not a popular choice, so it's pretty rare.
That's the color combo of my car. I'm suprised it's rare because I think it looks rather sharp. Looks much better than I thought it would before seeing/buying the car.

So were gray and claret the only interior color options for 85 442's?

What's the 83 ( 84? ) H/O's 'red' color interior called? Maple?

Sorry for the minor threadjack gbodyfan.
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There was also dark blue interiors but only available in the white cars. White got 3 interior colors, while the gray and blacks had either med. dark gray or claret. According to the ordering information, only claret was offered in vinyl or velour. Blue and gray was only velour.

What would REALLY be rare would be the claret vinyl. I've never seen a vinyl 442, but have heard of Cutlasses with the vinyl.

Yes, 83/84 H/Os had maple, velour or vinyl.

I had the privilege of talking with Helen Earley on several occasions trying to get some sort of breakdown on the 442s myself over the years. Unfortunately, the records weren't broken down any more than how many Salons were produced, and obviously, 3000 of those were 442s.
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There was also dark blue interiors but only available in the white cars.
Hmmm, I think I would've seriously considered that combo if I were in the market for a brand new 442 back then. Time to get me one of those 'hot tub time machines'.
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i think general motors wouldnt have needed the bail out if they would release books with this type of information in them for all the types of cars they made i know i would buy them. who do we have to talk to to get them to make it
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:16 PM   #7
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They were lucky to put right info on the cars not alone keep records.

Burgandy seem most common followed by . Silver . But Thats just my area .

Love to fine a non t-top 442 to play with .
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Love to fine a non t-top 442 to play with .
Then hunt for an 87. For whatever reason, they made a TON of 87 442s without T-tops. Probably due to trying to keep costs down on the cars on the lots. I dunno. My 87 is sparsely optioned. Power windows, but no power locks or T-tops. But enough to do the WL7 discount.
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My 87 is sparsely optioned. Power windows, but no power locks or T-tops. But enough to do the WL7 discount.
Mine also I think I have the least optioned on this board.

gbodyfan I have been searching 2 days straight and I am sorry to say I came up empty.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:31 PM   #10
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ive have done lots of looking tried different search engines and all the web sites i find some say 3000 and some say 3300. imo i think the raerest would prob be the white with blue interior cars
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:36 PM   #11
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^I believe the number is 3000, but locating T-Top production numbers etc, has so far been impossible.
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:08 PM   #12
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Sharp car.Mine's a '86 black with grey interior.Hurst/Aero package
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:15 PM   #13
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^ Sounds cool, and welcome to the board, both you and gbodyfan.

Its good to hear from some new G-Body guys it keeps the blood flowing real nice.
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ive have done lots of looking tried different search engines and all the web sites i find some say 3000 and some say 3300. imo i think the raerest would prob be the white with blue interior cars
According to a letter I received from the Oldsmobile History Center, 3000 1985 442s were made. I'm not concerned with what's on the 'net as official numbers. I'll believe the OHC (now the records are at the GM Heritage Center) before I do Al Gore's Interwebz. It's quite possible that the 3300 was discussing the amount of Olds dealer networks at the time. That meant less than 1 car per dealership on average, but that depended on previous year sales. Of course, 84 was a HUGE year for Cutlass, so your dealer had to sell a ton of cars to get even 1 I'm sure.

Interestingly the white with blue was the first 85 442 I ever test drove. Car was at a dealership in Granite City, IL. They had 2 84 H/Os on the lot and I was seriously looking at one of those (vinyl interior and T-tops), and a fresh-off-the-trailer white/blue 85 442 was sitting at the back of the lot. The salesman got the keys and off we went! That car was the least optioned 442 I've ever seen. No tint, no power anything, and an AM/FM basic radio as the only option. I didn't care. I liked it.

I can tell you that back in those days, test driving nearly all the new VIN 9s when they came out (never drove an 86) was an extremely cool experience. I ordered my 85 442 black/claret, fully optioned with exception of lamp monitors and block heater. This in turn prompted one of my buds to want to buy one too. So we went back to my dealer. Oops! Limited production and it was already late March 1985 by now. Sorry, cannot order, I already sucked up their allotment (my first dealings with dealer allocation)...so on the way home from the Olds dealer, we stopped off at the Buick dealer and they had several Grand Nationals on the lot. He bought one of those. Needless to say, everyone ended up happy.

You know you're getting old when you toss out stories of "the good OLDS days" and they're about 1980s G-bodies.
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:40 PM   #15
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In December of 84, I bought my wife a new 85 442. Had all of the usual options (no T tops) with the fiber optic light set. The same dealer had another 85 that was totally stripped except for T tops. Had Claret vinyl interior, roll up windows, no power door locks, no air conditioning. It was black and in Texas a black car with no air is not highly desirable. Another Olds dealer in town had it transferred to him and his son took it as a demonstrator. Three weeks later he was rear ended and totaled it.
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