1971 Oldmosbile 442 W30
Built as a response to the Pontiac GTO, Oldsmobile prepared the 442 as a performance option on the Cutlass. Introduced in 1964, it was continually updated, receiving the big-block engines in 1965 and a performance option called the W30. From 1968 through 1971, the 442 was a model in its own right.
In 1971 slight improvements were added to the Oldmobile 442 which can be easily identified by its round running lights and black grille with 442 script.
Only 110 W30 models were built in 1971 which included the fiberglass force induction hood and turbo 400 transmission. Due to strict emissions regulations, GM killed off all the big-block cars and the 1971 442 was the last Oldsmobile muscle car.
|type||Series Production Car|
|block material||Cast Iron|
|displacement||7456 cc / 455 in³|
|power||253.5 kw / 340 bhp|
|specific output||45.6 bhp per litre|
|body / frame||Unitary Steel Monocoque|
|0 – 60 mph||~8.9 seconds|
|0 – 1/4 mile||~15.2 seconds|
Auction Sales History
1971 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Convertible – sold for $189,750 An Exceptional Example of Oldsmobile’s Legendary W-Machine. One of Only 32 Four-Speed W-30 Convertibles Built in 1971. Stunning Saturn Gold over Black Color Combination. Equipped with an Impressive List of Desirable Options. Faithfully Restored by Marque Specialist Joe Cubellis. Documented with Build Sheet, Dealer Invoice, and Protect-O-Plate. A Rare and Exciting Find for Muscle Car Enthusiasts.
Auction Source: The 2013 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company
1971 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Convertible 344671M171956 – did not sell for $115,000 Matching numbers. Silver with Black interior. Rare 1971 442 W-30 convertible in excellent condition. 110 left the plant in 1971. Believed to be less than 75 in existence today. Automatic. Hurst His & Her’s option. Anti-spin rear axle. Cruise control. Power steering. Power disc brakes. Air conditioning. Tinted windows. Sport steering wheel. Ordered via Carlson Oldsmobile Inc. on February 26, 1971 and delivered to its first owner on April 7, 1971. W-30 package was the most powerful Rocket V-8 built by GM for the day.
Auction Source: 2012 Daytime Auction by Mecum
1971 Oldsmobile 442 – sold for $27,500 1971 was the penultimate year for Oldsmobile’s great 442, which retained the powerful 455 CI engine as standard equipment. This Viking Blue low mileage example is trimmed with the W-30 striping package and equipped with the twin-scooped forced air induction hood and air cleaner. Additionally, it is generously optioned with power steering and brakes, heavy duty 400 Turbo Hydramatic transmission, tilt Sport steering wheel, AM/FM stereo radio with factory 8 track player, factory rear window defogger and full tinted glass.
Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction by Mecum