I own a 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass S 2dr hardtop with the W29 and W25 442 options. I ordered this vehicle in December of 1971. I ordered it with a L34 Olds 350 Ci engine and then swapped in an Olds 455 and Turbo 400 trans from a 1971 442 convertible that I had purchased totaled for parts. My Olds had less than 3000 miles when I did the swap. I drove my 442 in this configuration for 30 years and 150,000 miles as a daily driver and preferred trip taker with zero issues. In 2010, shortly before my 2nd retirement, I did a frame off on my 442. The 455 was sent to Jasper Engines and into Jaspers Authentic Rebuild program. The 400 transmission was rebuilt by Aamco transmissions back in 1985 when I blew the 2nd gear downshifting at 97 mph. I purchased the lifetime warranty which was only $85 at that time. I built a body stand in my home shop, separated the body and frame and installed all new lines, bushings, mounts and fasteners. I also replaced the entire wiring harness from nose to tail, new upholstery, interior panels, etc. all of the work was done in my home shop. When the body and from and drive train were back together I had the Olds painted. Sad to say my choice of a body shop was flawed which resulted in a repaint in 2016. I originally paid $4900 for my 442. I spent 3 and a half times that restoring it. Now I get to enjoy it with the knowledge that the majority of the work was done by my own hands.
I didn’t do this for financial gain. I really don’t care if the value of a 1972 Cutlass is less than a same year Chevelle. My Olds is appraised at $40000. It is a mute point as it is not for sale. I enjoy this car and have done so for 47 years. It has brought my three children, all now with children of their own, home from their birth hospital, it transported my daughters to their weddings, my wife to work and back and on several occasions that strong 455 moved me out of harms way in timely fashion. This machine has been reliable, comfortable and a piece of home when I was far away from home. It has been a friend, an intergal part of the fabric of my life and a part of my family. What price do you put on that?