Classic White
Gold
455 V8
3 Speed Automatic
  • Original 455 cubic inch Rocket V8
  • Original Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed automatic transmission
  • 12-bolt rear axle
  • Correct Heavy Duty Suspension
  • Factory power steering / Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes
  • 14-inch SSII wheels
  • All-original body / Correct Classic White paint
  • Correct Gold interior / Factory air conditioning
  • 3-year restoration completed in the Spring of 2015
  • Sale includes: Two original build sheets / Restoration receipts

SUMMARY

* 3-year restoration completed in the Spring of 2015
* Original 455 cubic inch Rocket V8
* Original Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed automatic transmission
* All-original body / Correct Classic White paint
* Correct Gold interior / Factory air conditioning
* Sale includes: Two original build sheets / Restoration receipts
* Factory power steering / Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes
* Correct Heavy Duty Suspension
* 12-bolt rear axle
* 14-inch SSII wheels

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There seems to be a never-ending debate about who actually started the American muscle car wars. But at the end of the day, one thing is certain: it didn't take long for EVERYONE to join the party. And by 1970, the tried and true formula for Oldsmobile's storied 442 produced well-groomed street fighters like this incredible W30 hardtop. The subject of a 3-year, ground-up restoration, this razor-sharp Olds is a fully documented classic that wraps a numbers-matching drivetrain in all-original sheetmetal. If you're in the market for a first-class muscle car, it's time to stop debating and start calling!

BODYWORK/TRIM

A factory-correct car that reportedly hails from the dry climate of west Texas, this top notch A-Body features a solid, all-original profile that's covered in clean, Classic White 2-stage. That paint, and the traditional gold stripes that complement it, is a direct result of an extensive, 3-year restoration that wrapped up in the Spring of 2015. And today, five figures in to the future, this 442 is a timeless muscle car that intimidates like a cruise missile and shines like the family's best silver.

Oldsmobile's modernist, mid-century design aesthetic was no doubt a play on its engineering leadership within the GM hierarchy, and the cars that proudly carry those lines continue to weather exceptionally well. At the front of this coupe, a 442-specific grille centers monochromatic “442” lettering between stainless-trimmed T3 headlights and a bright chrome bumper that's finished with clear parking lamps. At the top of that grille, a fiberglass ram air hood leads the eye to like-new glass that rides behind straight stainless frames. At the sides of that hood, traditional GM door handles and color-keyed sport mirrors perfectly complement clean marker lamps, dent-free wheel rings and a slick combination of “442” and “W-30” fender emblems. And at the back of the car, a “442” branded decklid hangs a factory wing above a second chrome bumper, silver-trimmed taillights and correct, trumpeted exhaust tips.

ENGINE

Hoist this Olds' scooped hood and you'll find an original, 455 cubic inch Rocket V8 that's branded with a correct 396021F casting number and matching partial VIN. Professionally rebuilt and fully detailed, that red hot mill is a reliable, big-port big block that, in factory form, twists stout 10.5 to 1 compression into a quick 370 horsepower! Stomp the throttle and a restored Rochester 4-barrel mixes juice from leak-free fuel lines with wind from a correct W-30 air cleaner, and shoves it in to a Winters aluminum intake. At the back of that intake, a traditional points distributor feeds fire through proven Packard TV R Suppression Cables, which snake around correct “F” heads and stamped and painted valve covers. Below those covers, freshly restored exhaust manifolds shoot charred dinosaurs in to big, true-dual pipes. Mechanically, the stout engine is all day reliable, spinning 500 lb./ft. of rock-crushing torque from one of the largest and most powerful valvetrains ever created. Aesthetically, familiar plastic fenders and Metallic Blue block skin look fantastic against the car's clean body. There's a roster of high quality ancillaries that includes factory air conditioning and a correct Delco Moraine brake booster. And the entire set up flat out rocks, from its fresh decals and pliable GM hoses to its color-keyed intake springs and Delco-topped battery.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

The bottom of this awesome 442 is completely solid, showing no signs of undue wear or question-inducing battle scars. The aforementioned Rocket fronts an original 3-speed, which hangs a correct “70 - OW” assembly tag opposite a matching partial VIN. That tough transmission sends power to a stout, 12-bolt axle. That driveline pushes a familiar Heavy Duty Suspension, which, along with the car's chassis, was thoroughly marked and tagged during the detailed restoration. Solid stops are provided by rebuilt front disc and rear drum brakes. Turns come courtesy of a familiar Saginaw gearbox, which is piped to factory power steering. At the center of the floors, aluminized exhaust pipes funnel spent gases through baritone turbo mufflers. And everything rolls on charcoal SSIIs, which spin 225/70R14 BF Goodrich Radial T/As around polished trim rings and rocket-branded center caps.

INTERIOR

This impressive coupe's correct, well-optioned interior is so fresh it looks like it just rolled out of the upholstery shop. At the center of the car, stainless-trimmed seats ride on fade-free carpet that's protected by “442 W-30” branded floor mats. At the sides of those seats, clean door panels center familiar GM armrests behind convenient power windows and optional power door locks. A wood-trimmed dash hangs deluxe telemetry above simple AC controls, optional audio equipment and a hidden button that actuates the car's sizeable trunk. At the base of that dash, a slim console frames a slim Hurst shifter. In front of the driver, a Sport Steering Wheel laps a tilting column. And behind the passengers, the aforementioned trunk anchors a fifth SSII and vintage Goodyear Polyglas between a small light, correct tools, bright decals and a fresh mat.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

It's pretty easy to confirm this handsome Oldsmobile's status as an authentic 442. Here's a look at the car's 442-specific VIN and Cowl Tag.

VIN: 344870MXXXXXX

* 3: Oldsmobile Motor Division
* 44: 442 V8
* 87: 2-door Holiday coupe
* 0: 1970 model year
* M: Assembled in Lansing, Michigan
* XXXXXX: Production Sequence Number

COWL TAG:

* 70: 1970 model year
* 3: Oldsmobile Motor Division
* 44: 442 V8
* 87: 2-door Holiday coupe
* LAN: Assembled in Lansing, Michigan
* 419186: Plant Sequence Number
* 934: Gold interior
* 10: Classic White lower body paint
* 10: Classic White upper body paint
* 04C: Assembled during the third week (C ) of April (04), 1970

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OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES

* Two original build sheets
* The car's original Owner's Manual and 'quick facts' paperwork
* Restoration receipts
* Extra keys
* A complementary Oldsmobile 8-Track cartridge
* A Bill McDavid dealer emblem
* Some extra paint

With a fresh restoration, a numbers-matching drivetrain and plenty of vintage swagger, this super clean Olds will please judges and fans alike. Ready to enjoy a first class muscle car that's both dapper and brutal? Call yours friends at RK Motors Charlotte and claim this incredible 442!

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