1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 All Original, Build Sheet, 62,074 miles Terry 952-451-2104 $69000
Original 455/370 HP Rocket V-8 engine, Matching numbers
Hurst dual gate shifter with Rally pack
F heads and W-30 aluminum intake
Original 7040258 carburetor
Original OW Turbo 400 transmission
3.42 TM Positraction rear end
Code W27 rear end cover
Original sheetmetal with factory markings
Dual exhaust with rear trumpets
Sport steering wheel
Dual sport mirrors
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1,542 442 W-30's built in 1970
The 455 was booted up to 365 standard horsepower, and the optional W-30 package upped that number to 370, adding a fiberglass hood with functional ram-air scoops." Muscle-car experts have long contended that the actual horsepower was 30-40 horsepower greater than publicly rated due to cost-prohibitive insurance rates at the time. To most muscle-car aficionados, the 1970 442 W-30 is the most coveted Oldsmobile ever built.
- Hurst Dual Gate Shifter (His and Hers)
two paths under the plate. The main shift pattern was your usual PRNDL set up where you placed the lever in Drive and let the transmission valve body do its thing automatically. Reverse and Park were the only diversions. The shift pattern was on the lazy side with medium line pressure and fairly low shift points for easy, smooth driving.
To the right, a separate gate which had to be maneuvered into manually with the car at a standstill was the fully manual shift pattern. Placing the lever at the very back at 1 for first gear, you rocketed off at full throttle and hung in there until you were near the redline. You grab the lever and punch it forward to 2, A hard snap and mini explosion out back with barking tires told you second gear had arrived. It often felt like a kick from an angry mule. You repeated the performance for 3 which placed you in Drive and sent you well above the speed limit and ready for a trip to county jail.
The shift pattern had more line pressure and necessitated a hard launch and shift near the red line for maximum benefit. If you wimped out and only got on the throttle part way without engaging kick down, the shifter doesn't come through. It is all or nothing!