While visiting a body shop, my friend pointed to the corner, saying there was something I’d be interested in. As I walked back there, I was surprised to see a 1971 Oldsmobile 442 convertible! Walking around this car, I noticed it was wearing its original bias-ply Firestone wide ovals. Upon closer inspection, the odometer only read a hair over 14,000 miles. The Olds was one of only 1,304 convertibles built in 1971 with the standard 455 and backed by a four-speed with a Hurst shifter.
The car had sat outside for some time, and the original owner had finally sold the car to allow it to be saved. The new owner brought it to my friend’s body shop so he could take a look at it and see what it needed. Unfortunately, after years of neglect, the car needed just about everything body-wise. So it sat, still collecting Bondo dust at this body shop and waiting for the owner to decide what its fate will be.