1970 Oldsmobile buyers had a plethora of options when choosing their four-barrel, four-on-the-floor, dual-exhaust muscle car. But only 96 were crafted sans hardtop. One lucky restorer stumbled upon this treasure as he began work on the 1970 442.
After purchasing the car in 1994, the current owner decided to continue the work its previous owner neglected to finish, and create a true mirror image of its 1970 self. While cataloguing components, it became evident this 1970 442 was something unique.
The 455 cubic-inch engine bore the same serial number as the car and had the correct heads, intake and exhaust manifolds, carburetor and internals. The Force Air induction system, including the twin-scooped fiberglass hood, was intact and factory front-disk brakes remained true to the car.
This was in fact a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible, complete with a four-speed manual transmission.
With the information verified, the car began its restoration, complete with new floors, quarter panels and finished in a screamin’ Oldsmobile Rally Red with white stripes. The interior was also finished accordingly, and features Oldsmobile’s classic “tic-toc-tach” with the rally gauge package, and sport steering wheel.
There may not be a finer example of classic Oldsmobile out there currently, and certainly not one with this kind of exclusivity attached to its VIN. Book a flight, and scrape your change jars, because this 1970 442 will be offered up at Mecum Seattle in less than a week.