Kayla Nossaman's '69 442
I joined the North Texas Oldsmobile Club in June
1993 and spent the next two years looking for an
Oldsmobile. I looked at 16 cars in various stages of
rust, bondo, leaks and lies before I spotted a car for
sale in my club's newsletter, "The Rocket".
It said, "'69 442. 455 eng., all black, ram air,
W-35 wing, W-27 rear end. Nat's 3rd place in modified.
Auto, A/C, recent restoration."
I asked about the car and club members who had
seen it gave the car a thumbs up. I called the guy
selling it and set up a date to look at it. It took
over an hour to get there but as soon as I saw it
parked in his driveway, I knew it was THE car. We made
a deal and a week later, I picked it up.
I take the car to every show and cruise I can. I
have a roomful of trophies and plaques. You wouldn't
believe the number of times I've heard, "Does your
husband know you have his car?" or "This can't be your
car. This is a guy's car!" or "What's a woman doing
driving this car?" I always tell them cool cars aren't
I do as much work on it as I can and ask club
members to help with the rest. Since I've had it, I've
painted and restored the trunk, replaced many engine
parts, tinted the windows, got the A/C working, new
springs, foam and re-upholstered the seats and
replaced too many small parts to list.
The majority of the chrome has been removed, the
bumpers painted black, sport steering wheel, sport
side mirrors, 8-track player, rear air shocks, ram air
hood and W-35 wing from a Rallye 350, W-27 rear end
differential 12 bolt cover plate with posi-traction
and tilt steering. The club member I bought the '69
from put the Cutlass S emblems on it with the
intention of making it a negative Rallye 350. But I
love it the way it is. It has every criteria for a car
that I was looking for - hardtop, automatic, big
block, A/C and something different than anything else.
I couldn't have found anything better.
Even though I call my '69 442 "Shadow" which I
think is appropriate, my club members call it "Darth
Vader". I think that is cool, too.