In the case of the Olds 442's after 1972, this historic numerical acronym usually stood for 4 empty Icehouse cans, 4 lottery tickets, and 2 mini-spares. The Quad442, however, started to inject some much-needed credibility back into the iconic moniker. Find this 1991 Oldsmobile Quad442 for sale in place, CA for $2,800 via craigslist. This car was offered for $3,800 in Las Vegas almost a year ago.
The H.O. version of the Quad 4 was good for 180hp in the W-40 option package cars and 190hp in the W-41. Both are very respectable specific outputs for a naturally aspirated American engine from the early 90's, especially when only five years prior the top-of-the-line 307 made less power with more than twice the displacement. Electronic controls truly brought about a quantum leap in engine performance during this time period.
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