1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Convertible
1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30, Verified by a Rocket Report, 1 of 264 W-30 Convertible
When it comes to Oldsmobile, the "W-Machine" is the top dog.
This real deal 442 W-30 is just 1 of 264 Convertible Cars produced and was fully restored in 2012. Finished in its correct Porcelain White Coat and utilizing factory correct templates for its stripes, this 442 underwent a body-off restoration, had its frame powder coated, and had a refurbishment of the powertrain, brakes and suspension.
An extensive folio of receipts and photos document the restoration of this amazing example.
Verified as a real W-30 by it's included Rocket Report, the motor is period correct, upgraded with Aluminum Edelbrock Heads topped by Rochester 4 Barrell Carburetors and mated to the original 3-Speed Automatic transmission with its factory correct Hurst Dual Gate Shifter. The engine bay is finished with correct red inner fenders, a black firewall, and a functional Ram Air intake.
Originally sold new in Illinois, it was purchased and believed to have been owned by its second owner in California for the last 47 years. The odometer reads 22,906 and those are believed to be original miles.
Power is directed to 15" Rally Wheels wrapped in White Letter BF Goodrich tires via a 12-Bolt Rear-End with Posi-traction. In addition to the Fiberglass Ram Air Hood and Bucket Seats, the W30 Package added Power Disc Brakes in the front and Power Steering making this Brute Muscle Car easy to drive on the Street or Strip.
The Power Convertible top was replaced in 2012 as well and is absolutely pristine.
This is a fully documented W30 that is in excellent looking and running condition. A truly rare and collectible part of the greatest era of American Cars.
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About the 442:
The Oldsmobile 4-4-2 is a muscle car produced between the 1964 and 1987 model years. Introduced as an option package for the Cutlass models, it became a model in its own right from 1968 to 1971, spawned the Hurst/Olds in 1968, then reverted to an option through the mid-1970s. The name was revived in the 1980s on the rear-wheel drive Cutlass Supreme and early 1990s as an option package for the new front-wheel drive Cutlass Calais.
The "4-4-2" name derives from the original car's four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, and dual exhausts. Beginning in 1965, the 4-4-2s standard transmission was a 3 speed manual along with optional 2 speed automatic and 4 speed manual, but were still badged as "4-4-2"s. By 1968 badging was shortened to simply "442", but Oldsmobile brochures and internal documents continued to use the "4-4-2" model designation.
1970 was the pinnacle of performance from Oldsmobile. In order to keep up in the horsepower arms-race, General Motors dropped the cap on engine size in 1970, and Oldsmobile responded by making the Olds 455 V8 the standard 4-4-2 engine. Output was 365HP and 500 lb⋅ft, with a 370HP variant available with the W30 option. The 1970 model year can be identified by its vertical bars in silver grille, rectangular parking lights in front bumper, and vertical tail lights.
The revised body style and increased performance resulted in the 4-4-2 being awarded pace car duties at the Indianapolis 500 race in 1970. Those seeking to experience the ultimate in performance from Lansing could order a "W-Machine" version of the 4-4-2, dubbed the W-30 package. The 4-4-2 W-30 added a fiberglass hood (option W25) with functional air scoops and low-restriction air cleaner, aluminum intake manifold, special camshaft, cylinder heads, distributor, and carburetor. Two W-30 equipped 4-4-2 Vista Cruisers were produced by special order.
Motor Trend tested a 4-4-2 W-30 with the four-speed manual transmission and 3.91:1 rear gears, clocking a quarter mile time of 14.2 seconds at 102 mph. However, Motor Trend noted that Oldsmobile engineers had earlier posted a best of 13.7 seconds on the same test car with a fresh tune.
New options for the 1970 4-4-2 included GM's variable-ratio power steering (option N47), a console-mounted Hurst Dual/Gate shifter for use with the Turbo Hydra-matic transmission, and aluminum differential housing and cover (option W27). All Oldsmobile V8s received new Positive Valve Rotators for the 1970s to increase engine valve life.
A 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 was featured in the chase scene of the movie Demolition Man starring Sylvester Stallone.
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