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1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Coupe

For Enthusiasts By Enthusiasts!

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United States AZ Phoenix 85040

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Odometer: 90543 Miles
Transmission: 4 SPEED
Convertible: N/A
Advert No: 150804


Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 15th – 19th, 2014 at Russo and Steele''s 14th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.After many years of missing his original 1970 442 W-30, the consignor purchased this Rally Red example in 1991. According to his research, the engine block bears a proper 1969 date code and the vehicle was assembled during January 1970. The engine was rebuilt in 1992 and then in 1993, a complete, frame-off restoration commenced. Tom Passwaters, a friend of the car’s owner led the restoration, with NOS parts used in the process during the 3 ½-year effort. An incredible amount of help was provided by the consignor’s group of friends and his son, who performed all aspects of the work in their spare time in addition to working their respective full-time jobs. A special mention also goes out to Bill Roush, the Parts Manager for Zanesville, Ohio’s Hoffer Buick-Oldsmobile, who played a key role in finding and securing the highly desirable and rare NOS parts for the painstaking restoration. In 1997, the 442 was completed just in time for its debut appearance at the Oldsmobile 100th Anniversary celebrations held in Lansing, Michigan. In 1998, the 442 was shown at the Springfield, Illinois Oldsmobile Nationals, where it was awarded First Place and Best in Class. In 1999, the owner and the 442 attended the Dallas, Texas Oldsmobile Nationals, receiving First Place and Best in Class again. At the 2000 Oldsmobile Nationals in Parsippany, New Jersey, the 442 received the Senior Preservation award, scoring 995 out of 1,000 possible points. In 2004, the consignor began attending the Columbus, Ohio Goodguys Nationals, where the 442 was named a “Super ‘70s Pick.” The next year at Columbus in 2005, the 442 received “Mighty Muscle Pick” and Muscle Car of the Year Finalist awards. The quality of the 442 has drawn plenty of admirers over the years since it was completed. In 2002, Joe Petlick of Lane Collectables requested permission to photograph it for production of a limited 1,500-copy 1/18th scale model of the car. At the 2004 Goodguys Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, freelance photographer Roy Query, who had the 442 in mind for a possible future article for Hemmings Muscle Machines, approached the 442’s owner, resulting in the car’s magazine-feature debut in the August 2005 edition of that magazine. The 442 returned to Hemmings Muscle Machines the next August, when it formed part of the “12 Greatest Muscle Cars Ever” feature article. That December, this 442 was the runner-up for Muscle Machine of the Year honors, losing in the national poll of HMM readers by just one vote! A consistent show winner, magazine feature subject and calendar car, this impeccably restored W-30 Oldsmobile 442 from 1970 is one of the finest and most-recognized American muscle cars in existence. A complete list of the many show awards accompanies the 442 at auction.

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