1971 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible 455 Frame Off Restored Award Winner Lime Green

Price: US $87,500.00 Item location: Oak Creek, Wisconsin, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Oldsmobile
  • Model: 442
  • Year: 1971
  • Mileage: 100,000
  • VIN: 34467M......
  • Engine size: 455
  • Power options: Air Conditioning
  • Drive type: 2wd
  • Options: Convertible
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1971 Oldsmobile 442

First off, 'd like to say that I have been on Ebay for well over 10 years and have taken pride to retain a 100% feedback rating. When it comes to advertising a car, take great time and pride to explain or depict a cars condition through pictures. I never understood how one can think of selling or buying a car without the proper presentation. I also do this because I am a collector myself and like most I ask a ton of questions no matter what the cars value. If one were to just take the time to show the car in its entirety then a lot of questions would be answered with that alone. With that being said, encourage you to take the time to let the 200+ pictures of this beautifully restored 1971 Oldsmobile 442 convertible upload.


This car was a demonstrator for awhile at Hippodrome Olds in Nashville TN. It was purchased In September of 1971 by Lloyd Esmon and was built late (july 23rd 1971).He had been looking for one and a few days after visiting the dealership his salesman had called to say they had one to sell. Don Deathridge sold the car to him for $4448.59 after fees and discount. (This is one of 1096 convertibles made this year).

Lloyd drove the car until the late 70's and took good car of it and recorded all of its oil- gas fill ups along with the gallons used and the price of gas at the time. I have those little record books. He then sold it to a cousin in Il. Vernwhile inIL had the car painted once in the 80's in a shade of green not quite like the code 43lime green it should have been. It never saw a winter while in the Midwest. Later Lloyds son Dwight purchased the car and it moved to FL. It had been cared for there until about 2005, ad the engine rebuiltand it was then that it went up for sale for the first time out of the family.

I purchased it from the 4th owner and he had made some motor improvements but always keeping the original parts and original motor-trans intact.


I have owned the car since 2008. It was a car show, ruise night car for us. It was then in late 2011 I
decided to go all in and give it a proper restoration. I am a stickler for quality and correctness and almost all the work was done by myself. It received a full frame off restoration spanning 11 months and nearly 800 hours. (keep in mind this was a rust free car). It is pretty neat when I tell people that all 5 owners of this car including #1 are still with us.


During the restoration, bagged and tagged everything. The factorywould grabnuts and bolts at random during the build processand this car retains all of them. I also write down where they all go as the order they were installed. Several fastener companies were used and I made sure I left all the different marked bolt heads as they were and they all were restored or replated in their correct finishes.

As parts were taken off I documented the various inspection marks and colorings on different parts. All cars were different and humans made those marks. Every car I restore turns out a little different because of this. Remember there were many different plants and shifts of people doing the build process so not all had the same marks.

The car was spared of no expense and detail. When working on such a pristine car and have no rust pits to fix, he end result is stunning. The frame is pit free, s is suspension components. The floors still have the runs and body caulk that was applied originally. On a car this nice I am able to keep all those things that are only correct one time in its life. I evenmade a batch of body seam sealer to match the peach colored body plug caulk. some cars had this color and others I have had used the light green variation.

The car is arrow straight and was blocked outmore times than I can recall.The Sherwin Williams base/clear paint is far nicer than they were then, he trunk has the proper trunk spatter as the Lansing plant applied. All the sheetmetal on the car is original to it. I used photos I take from original paint cars to document the proper side pinstripes and I was also able to measure off of the original stripes I un-earthed while stripping the body to bare metal.

I did add the ram airhood though. I found years ago a hood that had been a take off of a 1971 cutlass in 1979. It was the most pristine original paint hood I have ever seen and I saved it for this car. Original perfect hoods are second to none and this one I carefully restored to be as close to authentic when I restored it. There were no stress cracks anywhere and I left all the areas white that you can see from the bottom white. These top skins were white and then bonded to the painted black bottoms. I duplicated the dates and inspection marks along with the proper assembly line overspray technique. A close look at the photos show that no part or fastener on this car was left alone.


The block, rans and rear (now a 3:42 posi) are original to the car. Prior to me owning it, he 4th owner decided to spruce it up a bit. The car runs so incredible and quick, made a tough decision to leave all that hard work and $$$ alone. While stock appearing the car is using a set of edelbrock heads, ntake and carb. It has a bunch of mondello receipts to back it up. It idles healthy, tarts right up and it has enough vacuum for power brakes. It is not radical at all but definitely healthier than a normal '71 455. I do have the original heads and intake but the carb is gone. Due to the intake, display the OAI plastic top at shows but need to remove it for driving. It is an inch higher and it causes some interference when the hood is closed.

Transmission was gone through, esealed and factory markings were re applied as they were found. Mechanically speaking, he car doesn't need anything.


Car was not ordered with many options. On the window sticker it shows, uto transmission, ower steering, ower disc brakes, /c, inted window, m radio, oor guards, eluxe belts with rear retainers front mats and the light group. The car has all of the 5 original SS3 wheels. Car also has a seldom seen front air deflector re-inforcement. It can be seen in the photos and is rumored to be only on 71 4 speed cars. I have spoke with the past owners and even Lloyd had said "why would I add that as I don't even know what it is?"

A NOS heater control valve was used as it is a 1971 only style with the vacuum diaphragm on it, nd although it is not an option it was added to make the car even more correct. The am radio was replaced with a rebuilt am fm unit with modern internals and a Sirius radio located in the ash tray area if one decided to start using the car as intended. I still have a set of reproduction kick panels with the speakers built in if one would choose to used the radio. The A/C system was blowing ice cold prior to the restoration and was converted correctly to 134. It has not been charged since the car has not seen much road use. Rally pac and gauges were added by previous owner.


All the interior was in good shape but with the level I was going for with this car I turned to Legendary for it all. I kept all the original covers and door panels. I was able to keep the original carpet. Nothing fits better than the original and it also proves how the car was cared for.

Some pictures show how nice the floors are with all the lime green paint on them and again I left them as is because there was no restoration needed to cover anything.


As stated before all the sheetmetal is original to the car and I added a few pictures of the bare floor areas to show indeed how nice they are. The trunk and floor pans did not have as much as a pin hole. Be confident knowing that this is not one of those cars that needed wheel tubs, uarters, onor doors and fenders and a full trunk pan. Actually one lower fender needed a patch about the size of a half dollar.


Every piece of glass is original. The windshield has a couple small chips but to me I'd rather say that it has never been out. all side glass is nice, ate coded and line up as they should.


Show chrome and replated bumper guards with new rub strips. All hardware,rear light housing guards, front marker lights and wiring was plated and cleaned to perfection.


New top, ad and well liner. Legendary boot goes with and the top has yet to be down due to the car's show circuit condition. Top will move up and down as it should if one decides to do so.


All trim is original and has been polished to a high standard. Some original screws had to be sourced due to age but the proper clear plastic washers were used when necessary like the originals.


During the restoration I had found a way to duplicate as close as possible the way the original spatter was applied. It was originally done quickly with mediocre coverage at best and each car was different. Each plant seemed to have either a different layout texture, olor or pattern. Assembly line guys I've talked to over the years said that there were different vendors for these paints and they just
used whatever they had. All lansing cars I have found have this style of big spot patterning and is an often missed step in a nice restoration. Jack has a very nice mast with its correct plating intact and the other pieces were restored properly.


Lloyd kept good records. The car has the auto log books as previously mentioned. It has its original window sticker and dealer copy of that sticker. It has 2 buyers invoice bill of sales, typed and 1 hand written. 2 broadcast sheets and one production code sheet along with various cancelled check receipts to the dealer. No lansing build cars ever got a big build sheet, hat is why other supporting documents are so important to have. I see soo many cars advertised or at big auctions that have had options added or sit there with not an ounce of paperwork.


Since being finished I took it down to Nashville before a car show to show the original owner, is wife, is son Dwight and his wife. They were so thrilled to see it and Lloyd said it sure looks a lot better than he ever remembered. His son flew in from FL to see it an couldn't believe it was the same car he once owned. It sure made my day and I am happy when I can still talk to original owners of cars I own. The days of this happening are shrinking and to me the story that goes with the car is priceless .

It then scored a 989-1000 at the 2013 Oldsmobile Nationals.

Later that fall it scored a gold award (992-1000) at MCACN (musclecar and corvette nationals).

In august 2014 it entered it's first AACA (antique auto club of America) and took a 1st junior award. Out of all the oldsmobile winners in 2014 It was selected for the prestigious REO OLDS award (only one olds or gmc is awarded this each year). I flew to the AACA annual meet this past February to accept the award and it was quite the honor for the car and myself. The car could go on to win an AACA senior if so desired and I can transfer the junior award to the new owner if they intend to take it further.I was recently asked if I wanted to show it in theMilwaukee masterpiece (a concours event this august)


I have wrestled with the decision of furthering the car's show career, tarting to drive it more (has only driven about 15 miles since completed) charge the A/C and use it as it should, r sell.

I have decided to let a new caretaker come along and enjoy it. A decision like this is tough when you put your own blood sweat and tears into a project. I did the car this way because I could, nd it helped to have a decent amount of knowledge of 442's to work with and help along the way. I also feel that the nicer the car to start, he better it will turn out and stay.

I have been to the major auction houses and have seen the cars that are bought and sold. It boggles my mind to see cars sold and the new owner may not know the seller or know anything about the car at all. I would rather see the car go to a true appreciative car collector that knows what it takes to do a car this way. I encourage anyone to come and look for themselves as this car truly fits the phrase "pictures don't do it justice" Car is for sale locally and I reserve the right to end auction at anytime for any reason. I am in Milwaukee,located about 90 miles north of downtown Chicago and 30 miles from the IL border. I encourage any questions or inspections to be done prior to the auctions end. By nowI would hope that one would get a good feel for the car and after looking at over 200 pictures that one can see I'm trying to be straight forward about the car. Thanks for viewing. Jason 414-688-060four

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