1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Coupe SOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $50,000 - $75,000
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

$49,500 Sold

370bhp, 455 cu. in. V8 engine, Turbo 400 automatic transmission with a Hurst shifter, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 112"

There are those who claim that it was Oldsmobile that created the first muscle car when it stuffed its hot new full size Rocket V8 into its midsize model to create the Olds 88 and Super 88 series back in 1949. But it wasn't until 1964 that Oldsmobile would return to the concept, encouraged by the success of the Pontiac GTO.

Oldsmobile was the first GM division to follow Pontiac's lead, and began to offer fullsize muscle in its midsize Cutlass model. The package included the top engine available from Oldsmobile, a 330 cubic inch V8 with the police package. It was named the 442 package, originally signifying the engine's four barrel carburetor, four speed manual transmission, and dual (two) exhausts. Although the specifications would change through the years, the name stuck.

Of all the GM A-bodies, the 442 was known for its balanced performance and exceptional handling, especially in the "W" and Hurst editions that would come out in later years. By 1970, high insurance premiums were destroying the muscle car market but Oldsmobile persisted, aiming its appeal at the Ĺ sophisticated ĺ muscle car buyer. 1970 also saw the lift of GM's ban on engines with greater than 400 cubic inch displacement being installed in midsize cars. Oldsmobile wasted no time, bringing the powerful 455 cubic inch engine into the W-30 package, thus elevating power and torque (500 foot-pounds) to phenomenal heights.

Sporting the rare color combination of platinum and black, the Oldsmobile 442 offered here has undergone a complete ground-up restoration and still maintains its original matching numbers drivetrain. Options include the highly desirable W30 performance package, Hurst dual gate shifter, Turbo 400 automatic transmission, air conditioning, rear spoiler, dual exhausts, lightweight fiberglass hood with functional ram air, factory hood pins, bucket seats, center console, Positraction semi-locking differential, and 15-inch SS rally wheels. Documentation includes the Protect-O-Plate, a copy of window sticker and the original new vehicle warranty book. Without doubt, this is a superb example and a big slice of GM muscle car history.

Reference Number 5878

as of 1/11/2007

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Car 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Coupe
VIN 344870M201184 
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