Sometimes car enthusiasts from Canada and northern American states travel south to Arizona or California to find clean, rust-free vintage cars to ship or drive home.
It seems one General Motors enthusiast did the opposite once upon time, though, travelling all the way up to Ontario to fetch this 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 and bring it back to California.
This car, which will be sold at Mecum’s Indianapolis auction this week, was originally sold by Ontario Motor Sales, Ltd. in Oshawa, Ontario Canada – which is just a 10-minute drive from Oshawa Assembly and is still open today as a Chevrolet and Cadillac dealer.
At some point, this 1970 Oldsmobile 442 was shipped or driven down to California where it underwent a frame-off restoration at Mascar Classics in Costa Mesa. Despite the complete restoration, the car still looks just as it did when it left the showroom, sporting the factory-correct ‘Code 19’ exterior color scheme (Black with White Pearl stripes) and the factory correct white leather bucket seats. It also retains its original, numbers-matching 455 Oldsmobile V8 engine and M21 close ratio four-speed manual transmission.
This car is offered with many original documents as well, including the dealer shipping report, the ‘Rocket Report’ powertrain report and other original GM Canada paperwork. Mecum predicts it will sell for anywhere from $180,000 to $210,000 when it crosses the auction block in Indianapolis later this week.
What do you say, is this Olds 442 worth that kind of money?
Check out the listing at this link for additional information and photos.
Photos via Mecum