1970 Oldsmobile 442 (442 Holiday Hardtop Indy Pace Car W30 W30)…

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This 442 W30 has tinted glass, beltline a blower-type rear window custom sport mirrors, a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, a sport steering wheel, power steering, an AM/FM radio with an eight-track player, a console with a shifter, the Custom Appearance and, finally, option which was ‘Additional Fuel for

In 2004, George Bork of Ontario ordered the original information for this car from Motors of Canada. It stated 709 of this model were to Canada in 1970. Its serial recorded the original finish as Gold with Ebony stripes and black interior. The car has 23,950 miles.

By Daniel | Dec 2013

The name ‘442’ appeared in 1964 as an option on the and Cutlass. The 442 was technically the ‘B09 Apprehender’ option which the four-barrel carbureted 330 cubic-inch V8 dual exhaust and 310 horsepower. The shocks, clutch, transmission, brakes, and wheels were greatly improved. The name evolved from the combination of four-barrel carburetor, four-speed and dual, meaning two, The 442 had been offered in retaliation of the Tempest GTO which was unexpectedly Oldsmobile wanted some of sales. The 442 was offered on any F-85 or model except the station

In 1964 the B09 option was officially ‘442’. The price in 1964 for the was $285.14, for 1965 the price was to $190.45 on the F-85. The price was lower on the Cutlass, costing $156.02. The engine was enlarged to 400 and now produced an impressive 345 horsepower. The ‘4-4-2’ combination now represented the 400 engine, 4-barrel carburetor, and exhausts. The standard transmission was now a manual unit with the manual and two-speed Jetaway being offered as optional

For 1966 two additional engines available, the L69 with 360 horsepower and the The standard engine was the L78 which 350 horsepower. Sales for 1966 slow with only examples of the 442 being produced. was a decrease of about three-thousand

For 1967 the two-speed Jetaway was replaced with a three-speed unit. Disc brakes be placed on all four-corners, though was an additional cost. Sales slightly, with around units produced.

For 1968 the 442 its own model and would stay in until 1971. This era was the of the muscle car movement, which high performance options to a lightweight vehicle. The 442 had a 112 inch and a 350 horsepower engine. The W30 engine with Ram Air intake hoses the horsepower rating to 360.

The Performance Research Corporation was to create the Hurst/Olds. The Hurst began with a stock 442 and the cars in Peruvian Silver black striping and white On the interior there were H/O and a real walnut wood Bucket seats could be in the front separated by a Hurst shifter. Disc brakes standard, as was the FE2 suspensions. A special and wood-grained steering wheel offered as optional equipment. The produced just under 400 There were 515 Hurst/Olds with 459 being Holiday and 56 Sport Coupes.

For 1969 the Turnpike Cruiser was no longer offered. A W32 engine available which used air induction and an automatic gearbox. were only 297 examples this combination produced. The changes, both aesthetic and were minimal for 1969.

For the Oldsmobile 442 was invited to pace the 500 race. New for this year was the 455 V8 engine which became the engine. A 370 horsepower W30 engine was as optional equipment.

For 1971 no longer offered the sport body-style, leaving only a or convertible to select from. The Coupe would be gone for a short time, re-appearing the year. The muscle car era was coming to an end due to government regulations, safety and an impending oil embargo. As a result, throughout the industry saw a decrease in This was true for the Oldsmobile which saw its standard engine a lower compression ratio, the horsepower to 340. The W-30 produced 350. This be the final year the 442 was its own model. In it reverted to being an option. It was an for a number of years lasting 1980. It was used again 1985 through 1987 as an on the Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon. In the name appeared for the final as an option on the Cutlass Calais. It was like the original; the package a 2.3 liter four-cylinder engine four-valves per cylinder and 2 camshafts the combination for the name 4-4-2). was rated at 180 with a five-speed transmission which sent the to the front wheels.

By Daniel | Nov 2006

Following Pontiac’s Oldsmobile became the first in the GM division to begin offering muscle cars in its midsize model. Designated the 4-4-2 it included the top engine available Oldsmobile, along with a 330 cid V8 the police package. The name the engine’s 4 barrel carb, 4 manual transmission, and dual The Oldsmobile 442 has been best for its balanced performance, exquisite and the ‘W’ and Hurst editions would come out in later

First introduced as an option for F-85 and Cutlass models in the U.S. beginning in the 1964 year, the Oldsmobile 442 became a in its own right from 1968 1971, before reverting to an through the mid 1970s. The name was again in the 1980s as Oldsmobile it on its rear-wheel drive Cutlass and early 1990s as an option for the new front-wheel drive Cutlass.

out of the competition between Pontiac and Oldsmobile, the 442 began as a quick to the Pontiac Tempest GTO. Due to its introduction (3/4’s of the way through the year), the Oldsmobile offering was a package. Technically the ‘B09 Apprehender’ option, the 442 used the carbureted 330 in³ (5.4 L) V8 with valve gear, a hotter and dual exhaust that the rated output to 310 hp at 5200

Though its torque peak from 2800 rpm to 3600 the torque remained 355 ft•lbf. package also included a manual transmission and the heavy-duty suspension with higher-rate springs front and rear, shock absorbers, a bigger anti-roll bar and an additional rear bar. With its combination of carb, four-speed transmission, and exhausts, the package was dubbed Sold at $285,14, the package was on any F-85 or Cutlass model, for the station wagon.

The Oldsmobile 442 was by Motor Trend and determined the 3,440 lb vehicle could 0-60mph in only 7.5 seconds. The 442 the standing quarter mile in seconds at 90 mph and reached a maximum of 116 mph. A total of 2,999 were sold.

Having GM corporate sanction for the GTO, followed suite with a 442. Renamed the 442, the B09 was lowered in price to $190.45 for and $156.02 for Cutlasses. Now standard was the new 400 in³ L) engine, and the definition of ‘442’ was as 400 cubic inches, 4-barrel and 2 exhausts. The engine received a in output, rising to 345 hp and 440 ft•lbf. A manual transmission became transmission while the four-speed optional, and Oldsmobile’s two-speed automatic transmission was added as an

The 1965 Oldsmobile 442 was tested by Car and with the four-speed manual and a quarter mile acceleration of seconds at 98.5 while mph was reached at 5.5 seconds. With a of 7.8 seconds, Car Life’s automatic model ran the quarter mile in seconds at 89 mph. A total of models were sold in

Featuring a miner facelift with other Cutlasses, the 442 received an additional two new optional the L69, with three Carter carburetors on a progressive rated at 360 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque, and the W30. Now dubbed the L78, the engine was rated 350 hp/440 with a single four-barrel

To admit cool air to the carburetors via from the front butter, the W3- added an outside-air induction and a hotter cam, that was as the same as the L69. To make for the air hoses, the battery was relocated to the which prevented the package being ordered on convertible Only a total of 54 W30s ever built by the factory, an additional 97 were produced for installation.

An L69 442 was tested by Car Life four-speed transmission and obtained a mph time of 6.3 seconds, and a quarter of 14.8 seconds at 97 mph. Trend tested 0-60 in 7.2 with a quarter mile of 15.2 seconds at 96.9 Unfortunately though production to 21,997. While Pontiac’s GTO nearly a third of all Tempests the 442 still only constituted 10% of Cutlass sales.

Cutlass models were more popular during as buyers were more in luxury in regards to their preference. The F-85 continued to be the series for the F-85 range, and basic models were in 67 with the power option of the L-head six-cylinder, or a Rocket The F-85 series carried equipment that included belts, electric windshield heater/defroster, backup lights, and floor coverings. The interior was in either cloth or vinyl, and the tire size was 7.75 x 14

The 442’s styling and base remained the same for 1967, but the automatic became the three-speed replacing the two-speed Jetaway. optional for the front wheels disc brakes.

Eliminating the L69 its triple carburetors, a new GM policy banned multiple carbs for all except the Corvette. A new four-barrel carburetor replaced the triple while the W30 remained available. Now of the W30 package was new red plastic inner liners. To meet NHRA rules, 502 factory W30 engines built, along with an number of dealer-installed packages.

A of 24,833 units were in 1967. Car Life tested a W30 442 close-ratio four-speed and 4.33 axle, obtaining a quarter reading of 14.1 seconds at 103 mph in stock form. 0-60 mph was between .5 and 6.7 seconds.


The Cutlass, a luxurious version of the F-85, was in status as it began its climb to the most popular nameplate for a –built vehicle. The 5 Cutlass in the range were available either 6-cylinder or V-8 engines, and an option of cloth or vinyl The Cutlass came standard carpeting, chrome molding foam seat cushions, steering wheel, and courtesy The tire size was now upped to x 15 inches.

From 1968 1971, the 442 nameplate became a model. More than models were sold for the year. The wheelbase was 112 inches, and the engine displacement staying at 400 the stroke was increased and the bore to increase torque and improve The long stroke affected though, and they were to not be as fast the 1967 model. were rated at 325 hp, while the motor was still rated at 350 hp, but with the standard 3-speed and 4-speed. Once again the were rated at 360 hp.

All standard engines were painted a color, as with the 1967’s, with a fire red air cleaner. Ram Air hoses leading from a topped dual snorkel air cleaner to special under air scoops and set off by bright red plastic wells were equipped W-30 option cars. A Cruiser option was also available with a 2bbl that had been previously on the Cutlass Supreme for 1967.

In 1968 Oldsmobile partnered Hurst Performance Research to create the Hurst-Olds instead of adding Hurst shifters as earlier models. Starting out as 442, the limited regular run of 515Hurst/Olds were treated to distinct enhancements both and mechanical. All models were Peruvian Silver with black striping and white exterior and interior H/O badging and a walnut wood dash The vehicles left the factory 2 drivetrain combinations. Red 455 in³ engines backed by modified W-30 400 automatic transmission, while A/C received a W-46 engine a 3.08:1 rear while vehicles got a W-45 engine a 3.91:1 rear. Both were rated at 390 hp, while the engine received the cylinder from W-30 and the camshafts the W-31 made it more for higher rpms.

All models with buckets seats and a Dual-Gate shifter in a mini-console. now were various 442 options disc brakes, FE2 suspension and duty cooling. These shared the red fender wells and ram air with the W-30. Additional features included the tic-toc-tach and steering wheel.

Powertrain in the 1967 model featured upgrades that allowed the engine to operate at much efficiency. Making the 1967 442 a performer of the first order, a Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission, a twelve-bolt rear end and F70x14 ovals. For the first time the outsold the four-speed for the first by 13,528 to 11,381. Setting a Stock national record, the was beginning to turn heads on the drag strips in 1967.

In an interesting economy option was the Turnpike Cruiser option using a two-barrel carburetor, a transmission, and an altered rear-end ratio. This popular provided much better with just a slight in power. Though horsepower was 60 ponies, only a 15ft-lb or was dropped. The Oldsmobile 442 was a nice of performance and economy. The 442 name the same even though it have changed to 242 to be totally

Motor Trend rated the version above the standard model in its February 1967 In 1967 a total of 1,807 with automatics were

Very similar to the 1968 442, the 1969 model featured minimal changes to the engine and drive-train. The turnpike option was deleted though. A new engine was offered in its place, the It came with the Forced Air plumbing that was found on the but it had a milder cam like the base A total of 297 units were including 25 sport coupes and each, and the W-32 was only with an automatic.

The Olds 455 V8 was introduced as the standard 442 for the 1970 Oldsmobile 442. a 370 hp W30 option available, output was 365 hp and 500 the 365 and 370 hp power ratings were underrated at a lower rpm. engines were believed to 410 to 420 hp. The 1970 Oldsmobile 442 was the pace car at the 500 race in 1970, along the Cutlass Supreme.

The W-30’s a W-25 fiberglass OAI hood to the bumper scoops that on the 1968 and 1968 W-30’s, in to the standard 442 offerings. The W-30 received an aluminum intake cylinder heads, special distributor and carburetor.

For 1971 the output was down due to a lower ratio which affected all of engines. The base engine 455 was at 340 hp while the W-30 achieved a of 350 hp. For the first time since the sport coupe disappeared, to return the following year.

In the Cutlass Holiday coupe, S sport coupe, Holiday and Cutlass Supreme convertible, the 442 reverted to an appearance and handling package. This package of suspension upgrades, side faux hood louvers, a grille and fender and decklid When ordering the optional 455 a rear bumper with for exhaust tips could be To keep the high performance strong, an L75 455 in³ V8 was available, but the smaller 350 V8 came standard. In 1972 a edition Hurst/Olds paced the

The famous W30 option was still in 1972 and included the still-potent L77 455 that produced 300 hp and 410 ft-lbfs of The W25 featured a fiberglass ram-air a lightweight aluminum intake anti-spin differential with gears, and heavy duty A/C was not available due to the low-vacuum at idle, and brakes were only with an automatic transmission. In only 113 W30 convertibles and 659 W30 coupes sold.

The Cutlass Supreme was yet new series introduced by Oldsmobile for and was the only series in which the popular 442 option and high-mileage Cruiser option could be This top-of-the-line F85 based featured 5 models that standard equipment that carpeting, DeLuxe arm rests and wheel, special molding foam seats and courtesy package. The upholstery was done in vinyl or cloth while the tire size was 7.75 x 14 The 1967 version looked similar to the 1996 model, the bumpers, grille, and headlight-taillight was changed, and the 442 emblems were from the rear quarter to the front fenders.

From through 1980 a limited-edition model was offered. Engine in 1978 varied from a 3.8L V6 to a 305 4bbl. In 1978 and no 350 was available to any 4-4-2. For 1979 a Hurst/Olds was offered.

An option on the ‘Aeroback’ Oldsmobile Cutlass the 1978-79 version of the 442, it was the version of the best-selling Cutlass range. The ‘Aeroback’ was offered all powertrains available, including the 231 cid 2V V6, the 260 cid 2V V8, and 305 cid 2V or 4V Available transmission were automatic with all engines, manual with the 260 V8 and a 4-speed manual with all engines.

Trim elements were and included contrasting striping the rocker panels and lower over both wheel interior emblems, and badging on the trunk. All of the other options on the Cutlass Salon were with the 442 package.

Oldsmobile a limited edition ‘Hurst/Olds’ that was based on the notchback body style, which the 350 cid 4V V8 that was found in the larger 99 and 98 models, joined with a 3 automatic transmission. This edition model was available in over white or gold black paint with cloth or vinyl upholstery. 2,000 units were produced.

The 442 model was moved to the notchback body for 1980 and W-30 badging on the front above the side marker with much less graphics. Besides this the had identical powertrain and other with their more siblings. In 1981 there no more 442s.

In 1985 the 442 was once again revived on the drive Oldsmobile Cutlass The name was now defined as referring to the 4-speed 200r4 automatic 4-barrel carb and 2 exhausts. Not a dual exhaust, but this W42 replaced the ’83 and ’84 model and utilized the same 5.0 L LG8 V8. The F41 suspension package was included, and the was mounted on the floor in a console the front seats. In the first 3,000 units were and all were sold very For 1986 a total of 4,273 were produced, and in 1987 units were sold.

In the Oldsmobile 442 was retired with the RWD

In 1990 the final use of the 442 name was on the 442 front-wheel drive 1990 Calais. This model a 2.3 L LG0 Quad-4 4-cylinder engine 4 valves per cylinder and 2 camshafts. engine was tuned with output camshafts which more top end power at the expense of quality. The Cutlass Calais a single exhaust with tailpipes that produced 180 hp a 5-speed manual transmission.

442 model lasted merely two

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