1966 F-85 Deluxe 442 Tri-Carb Trak-Pak OAI
- Condition: Used
- Make: Oldsmobile
- Model: 442
- SubModel: Tri Power Trak-Pak OAI
- Trim: Deluxe
- Year: 1966
- VIN: 336176M326xxx
- Color: Autumn Bronze
- Engine size: 455 CID
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Black
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1966 Oldsmobile 442 Tri Power Trak-Pak OAI
1966 F-85 Deluxe442, Tri-power, Over-the-counter Trak-Pak OAI car. Autumn Bronze, Mildly Built 455, M21 4 Speed, 3:90 gears. It either could be restored to a high dollar car, or just driven as is. I have owned this car for just over 6 years and have enjoyed it immensely. The car starts up well, runs and drives great, handles well and is a blast to drive. Who else has one that they can take out on the weekends and enjoy without the stress of it getting a minor scratch, etc? This particular car is a seldom seen 442 Deluxe hardtop, not the more common Cutlass based Holiday Coupe. There were only 1217 of these built with any transmission combo, less with a 4spd, and less still with the L-69 Tri Power. Add to that the over the counter Outside Air Induction Track Pack set up and this car is rare to the point you are highlyunlikely to see another example for sale, much less another at a show or cruise night.
Overall: The car is very presentable and could be driven to local shows and cruise nights and enjoyed as is. It receives a lot of attention by people on the street and always gets a thumbs up whenever it is taken out. I would call it a 10 footer but it would need body and paint work to be an indoor show car. The car runs and drives great, handles well and is a fun to drive, but it does have manual steering and brakes, so you need to be prepared when you open it up. I have used it as a weekend driver for the past 6 years and though I have enjoyed it very much, it’s time for me to move on to other things. I believe this car has had some ¼ mile history but don’t have any documentation on it and only know what the previous owner has told me (which was very little). He had owned the car since the early 90’s. Shirley Muldowney's signature is on the sun visor (see photo.) The interior is clean and presentable, as is the body and paint, although this is a driver, not a show car.
Body & Paint: The paint and body had been redone sometime in the mid 80’s and it’s beginning to show here and there. There is some minor bubbling in front of the rear tires and a small spot on the hood. The paint has blemishes in it and when looking closely a person can see some spots where filler was used, for instance on a door corner and in front of the rear tires. It still looks very nice though and shines up well. There is some patching in the trunk where there was some rust in the corner by the wheel wells and could use some more work. This is to be expected of a driver quality car of this vintage, and my reserve is set accordingly.
Interior: Rare bench seat 4-speed interior that still looks very nice. New carpet and everything is clean and presentable. The seats definitely don’t need to be recovered but there is a split seam as seen in the photos that could be fixed. The door panels and rear panels are nice but the carpet on bottom of the front could be refreshed on the driver side. The Dash pad is cracked but a good dash will be included with the car. The headliner is nice and looks like it may have been replaced when the car was repainted.
Drivetrain: The engine is a non-original 68-72 455 (F block with J Heads) that is a little cold blooded at start because of a (streetable) performance cam and the crossover blocks on the tri-carb intake. It idles well once warm and keeps good oil pressure while driving. It is very strong and quite powerful when the carbs are all wide open. For the most part I drive it like a grandpa, but you can get rubber in 4th if you try. The transmissions shifts well and the rear end works like it should.
Please ask if you have questions or if you would like more photos. I am willing to go over the car w/ serious buyers on the phone. I also welcome and encourage in person inspections prior to the listings end. The car is sold as is, and paypal is not accepted for this listing. Shipping is the responsibility of the winning bidder. Good luck and happy bidding!
Here is some additional info about the 1966 W30 and Trak-Pakfrom the 442.com faq page:
1966 442 W30
Only 54 factory made, to meet NHRA drag racing mandates. The NHRA rule mandated that these be assembly line/factory built units. All were hardtops, no convertibles. They were apparently considered something special by the factory right from the start because the air cleaner/shroud of each car was stamped with a unique number, 1 through 54. They were sold only to selected dealers, and virtually all were used in drag racing.
A very small number (93) of dealer installed W-30 packages were also installed. There was only 147 Tri-Carb breather assemblies made. These over the parts counter W-30s are called "Track Pac Cars". These were not numbered. About 13 are known to remain. The only difference between a factory W-30 and the "Trak-Pak" versions would be that the factory supplied engines were pretty much blueprinted right in Lansing.
The "Trak Pak" dealer installed W-30 packages included a cam, springs, bumper installed air intakes, big chrome air cleaner (shroud in GM speak), cables and related items to mount the battery on the rear kick up in the trunk. The owner would have to also purchase the L-69 items in order to install this package, unless already on the car.
The L-69 option was the tri-power setup and not necessarily a race package any more than the equivalent GTOs of the period. The ram air packages were much more drag strip oriented. Olds called their system outside air induction or OAI. The order option code was W-30.
Although overshadowed by the high compression 455 CID motors of the 1970 model year, these are arguably the fastest W-30 Olds' produced due to the light weight of the 1966 models and the highly tuned, select built 400 CID motor. Intake scoops were placed near the middle on each side of the front bumper by moving the park/turn signals inboard about a foot. 4 inch ducting hoses routed cool ambient air to a special air cleaner assembly. The air cleaner was a two piece affair which covered the three carbs, the top part was chromed, the base black painted steel. These two parts sandwiched the air filters for each carb in place. If you've never seen one run, stick around if you ever see one at the drags. It WILL impress you. High 12 secondsto low 13's were normal. Also look at the MPH that these cars are making thru the traps.