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The infamous 442 designation, derived from the four-barrel carburetor, four speed transmission and dual exhaust configuration, has become the collectors choice for those seeking to diversify a staple diet of Camaros and Chevelles. Rapidly appreciating both in desirability and value, the 1970 442 Convertible equipped with the W-30 option has become a certified "blue chip" collectable in the hobby.
1970 was the peak year for horsepower for the 442, but the few W-30 equipped cars set themselves apart from the regular production 442 models. All W-30 cars came from the factory with the lightweight "Outside Air Induction" hood with its massive twin scoops, and the vacuum operated air cleaner assembly, as well as the specially cast aluminum intake manifold. In addition the carburetor, heads, distributor, and transmission were all modified to optimize performance. Conservatively rated at 370 horsepower, the 500 pounds of torque tell the real story of the 1970 W-30. Visually, the W-30 came with red fender wells and special body stripes to announce its presence.
This is an original numbers matching car with a long list of factory options. This stunning 442 has recently completed a total show winning restoration. Professional shops did every aspect of the frame-off restoration, under the watchful eyes of members of the Oldsmobile Club of America, with well over $100,000 spent during the meticulous process. Mechanically, the car has the W-30 correct coded Rochester Quadrajet carburetor, F heads, OW TH400 transmission, along with the correct intake manifold, alternator, distributor, and exhaust manifolds. The factory air conditioning mandated a 3:23 limited slip rear differential. Attention to detail is evident throughout the car including the pristine undercarriage.
What makes this car even rarer is the incredible amount of factory options including; power windows, power door locks, power drivers seat, power steering, gauge cluster with tachometer (tic-toc-tach), tilt steering column, stainless four spoke steering wheel, floor console with Hurst dual-gate shifter, power trunk release, outside sport mirrors (1970 specific design), am/fm stereo, interior hood lock, Night Watch headlight delay switch, map light rear view mirror, interior courtesy lights, as well as engine and trunk compartment lights. The car is finished in special ordered, 1970 only, Aegean Aqua, and has the correct — paint code on the data plate. The white stripes and convertible top complement the pearl white interior, and the SS1 wheels with Firestone Wide Oval tires make the car look like it just rolled out of the showroom.
Like all 442 models, this car has front and rear sway bars, boxed control arms, disc brakes, dual exhaust with trumpet tips and cutouts in the rear bumpers, and special body emblems.
This is an extremely low production car which represents the pinnacle of performance and luxury for the 1970 GM models. Beautifully restored, amazingly optioned, and finished in a stunning color combination… this is the true "Gentleman’s Hotrod".
ORGINAL NUMBERS MATCHING ENGINE!