Hot Rod Magazines 1978 Street Machine of the Year (October issue)
- One Of My Cooler Rides I Have Owned -
Sold June 2002
Toms River,New Jersey
A 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon 442. Originally a 5 passenger front engine/rear drive Olds. Sorry, no room for passengers in the backseat anymore... the engine is using that space!!!
403 Oldsmobile V8 with a 671 blower/two 4barrel carbs (600+ Horsepower).
Modifications - Way too much to list (see Hot Rod Magazine article).
I first saw my Mid Engine 442 in the Hot Rod Magazine October 1978 edition back when I was 15 years old. I bought the magazine at the local News stand and just about flipped when I saw this 442 on the cover. I went home and showed my dad(Big time Olds 442 fan and owner). He was just as impressed, and every year since we have talked about this car at one time or another.(We kept the Magazine issue all these years). Now I own my dream car - amazing how things worked out!!
This car was put together originally by Bill Porterfield (Mid-Engineering) with the help from John Kuchar, The Go Shop, and Mike McCloud. All originally from Michigan.
The quarter panels were originally just flared. Bill didnt have time to put the quarters on for the Hot Rod Magazine shoot. So the next owner after Bill put the quarter panels that you see on her now. They were made to go with the original rear spoiler that was on the car already.
The Mid Engine 442 was originally a medium red with the stripe combo you see now...but, in Hot Rod Magazine the car appeared black...so...after time..black it was!
Mid Engine 442 | Hot Rod Magazine Page 67 | Page 69 | Page 97 |