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    SCOTTSDALE 2016 CONSIGNMENTS
    1971 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible

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    Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 27th – 31st, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.

    While tightening emissions regulations, rising insurance premiums, unleaded fuels and activist politicians conspired to strangle the American muscle car out of existence during the late 1960s and early 1970s, Oldsmobile held the line with its sophisticated but brutally quick Cutlass-based 442. Only available with 455 cubic inch V-8 power for 1971, the 442 continued to benefit from Dr. Oldsmobile’s therapy with its unrivalled performance, refinement and image.

    The handsome styling of 1970 was left essentially unchanged. Standard 442 features included Strato-Bucket seats, special emblems, and a deluxe steering wheel, while standard performance equipment included dual exhaust, heavy-duty wheels and special springs, stabilizer bars, and engine mounts. The standard transmission was a three-speed manual unit, with a Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 automatic and two four-speed manual units available depending on engine choice (455 V-8 or W-30 455). The few 1971 442s equipped with a four-speed also received a lower 3.42:1 rear axle ratio, improving acceleration.

    While down a bit on factory-rated power figures compared to the 1970 due to an unleaded gas-friendly 8.5:1 compression ratio, the 1971 442 still offered 340 gross horsepower in standard tune and 350 horsepower with the W-30 option. Some confusion still exists due to the conversion to SAE net horsepower ratings during 1971, with the aforementioned ratings equating to 270 and 300 SAE net horsepower. Performance remained strong, though, with both engines easily capable of propelling the 442 through the quarter-mile in less than 15 seconds while offering superior handling and a decidedly upscale, high-quality overall experience to match.

    Quite rare as 1 of just 1,304 convertibles produced out of total 442 production of 7,589 units in all for 1971, this rare, real, and very desirable 455/4-speed 1971 Oldsmobile 442 convertible is a very nice and well-sorted restoration with a laser-straight body finished in striking factory-specification Code 19 Ebony Black paint. Best of all, this 442 includes the most desirable factory high-performance items including the W27 lightweight aluminum rear-end cover, W25 Outside Air Induction (OAI) hood, and F41 heavy-duty suspension. Other options and passenger amenities include AM/FM stereo, bucket seats and floor console, tilt steering, and power-operated brakes, driver’s seat, steering, top, trunk lid, and windows. Riding on Super Stock I wheels with period-style G70 Polyglas tires and finished with correct stripes, this highly equipped and very rare 1971 Cutlass 442 convertible very capably represents the height of Olds’ refined performance at the close of the original American muscle car era.

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