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Today’s Car: 1971 Oldsmobile 442 W-30
Fully restored 442 is a prime example of their ‘bar brawler in a tuxedo’ philosophy. Featuring an original, 455 cubic inch Rocket V8, a tough 4-speed transmission and flashy looks that swap ’70s glam for middle-of-the-road sophistication, it’s a car that’s nice enough to covet but not so pristine you’ll be afraid to hit the road. Assembled in Lansing, Michigan during the second week of February, 1971, this awesome Oldsmobile is an impeccably restored classic that’s benefited from an extensive, ground-up restoration.
Inside this impressive coupe, you’ll find a correct Black interior that appears to have been completely replaced during the aforementioned restoration. At the center of the car, stainless-trimmed strato-bucket seats ride on fresh carpet that’s protected by “Oldsmobile” branded floor mats. At the sides of those seats, clean door panels center familiar GM armrests in bright chrome handles, straight stainless trim and fresh wood applique. Up front, a wood-trimmed dash hangs deluxe Rally Pac telemetry above an upgraded radio and a monochromatic “442” emblem. At the base of that dash, a plateaued console frames a requisite Hurst shifter. In front of the driver, a Sport Steering Wheel laps a bright rocket emblem. And behind the passengers, a fully restored trunk anchors a fifth Styled Steel I and Fifth Firestone tire between correct tools, correct decals and a fresh mat.
Stomp the throttle and a restored Quadrajet 4-barrel mixes juice from leak-free fuel lines with wind that’s supplied a familiar W-30 air cleaner, and shoves it in to a Winters high performance intake. At the back of that intake, a traditional points distributor feeds fire through proven Packard TV R Suppression cables, which snake around correct “H” heads, and stamped and painted valve covers. Below those covers, restored exhaust manifolds shoot charred dinosaurs in to big, true-dual pipes. Mechanically, the stout mill is all day reliable, spinning 370 lb./ft. of rock-crushing torque from one of the largest and most powerful valve trains ever created.