why was there a 3 speed standard transmission option in the 1969 oldsmobile 442?


Asked by Jun 21, 2018 at 12:29 AM about the 1969 Oldsmobile 442

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why was there a 3 speed standard transmission option in the 1969 oldsmobile

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The people that made that decision are all dead and gone. 3 speed manuals were the cheapest transmission available at the time so it was the "economy" choice.


no they wern't cheap with a Hurst shift and my friend had that car with a 3 speed and special posi rear and it beat out a 4 speed same car same engine.

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Thanks for your comments on the Olds three speed which was correct. The 3 speed Olds standard shift on the floor was the most expensive transmission. There weren't many made, they all came in a 4.4.2. with a hurst shifter that had a special posi rear. You were right, there were no 4 speeds that could beat it thru the gears. I had a canary yellow one with black stripes across the rear and I never lost to anyone with a 4 speed manual or automatic. I still have it today with a turbo auto trans, 52,000 miles , red in color.

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