This vintage automobile has been restored meticulously in 1990 and kept in storage. As it stands now, the car can
be driven. All mechanical components are the same that were used when the Oldsmobile factory assembled this car. This is an extremely
rare specimen of a vintage car. It is rarely offered for sale. The Horseless Carriage Club publication in 2002 listed just four cars
and their owners.
The Model 42 marked the company's entry into the smaller and lower priced car market. The 4-cylinder engine, called
the Light Four, incorporated overhead valves and was rated at 30 hp. The starter is a Delco unit, replacing the former compressed
This car is chassis number 85739 and motor number 72639. Total production for the Model 42-T car is given as 1319.
The car was originally purchased from the Barney Pollard collection in 1982 by the previous owner. The current owner
purchased it in 1990 and over a period of five months restored it completely. Sheet metal at the rear of the car had extended rust damage.
The mechanical components were in good condition. The overriding goal for the restoration was to preserve the cars mechanical components
and the carriage parts as close as feasible to the original. The car was repainted with Imron polyurethane enamel, a finish preferred
by restorers. There are few items that have been added to enhance the performance and safety of the vehicle.
The current owner has collected many period documents and kept engineering notes throughout the restoration. The over-riding
goal was to preserve as much of the original as was possible. To prevent oil or grease leakage all seals have been replaced with non-leaking
types. Other non-original items are: A vintage rear view mirror, replacement of the leather surface in the clutch with Kevlar, a fuel
filter, mounted under engine and safety glass for the two part folding windshield.
With large three-quarter elliptical springs, the car handles surprisingly well. The ride is very smooth.
At the rear one notices the single tail light and the fuel tank with a decorative nickel plated cap. The original wire
mesh screen is present in the filler pipe.
Each running board (aluminum casting!) has a front and rear "mud scraper"
A view of the front bench seat.....
...and the 47" wide rear bench. Both are amply cushioned and covered with black top grain leather. The original
style duplicated faithfully.