1970 Oldsmobile 442

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Overview


With the new engine and revised styling, the Indianapolis 500 came knocking requesting pace car services.



The 1970 Olds 442 was the pinnacle of performance from Oldsmobile. GM dropped the regulation of no more than 400ci, so Olds responded with the Olds 455 V8 as the standard engine! Output was 365 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque with a 370 hp variant available with the W-30 option.

With the new engine and revised styling, the Indianapolis 500 came knocking requesting pace car services.

The W-30 package included a fiberglass hood with functional hood scoops and low-restriction air cleaner, aluminum intake manifold, special camshaft, cylinder heads, distributor, and carburetor.

A Rallye 350 model became available and not only came with the smaller 350ci, it also had an extremely unique look. The body was painted a bright Sebring Yellow, and both the wheels and the bumpers were the same color. Orange and black accents were added to the hood scoops and trunk-lid spoilers of the car.

To distinguish a 442 as a 1970 look for vertical bars in silver grille, rectangular parking lights in front bumper, and vertical taillights.


Production Numbers


Sports Coupe 1,688
Hardtop Coupe 14,709
Convertible 2,933
Rallye 350 3,547
Total Production 22,877

Performance Specs


Engine Size Carb. HP Torque 0 to 60 Quarter mile
Rally 350 350ci 1x4bbl 310 490 lb-ft - -
W-30 455ci 1x4bbl 370 500 lb-ft - 13.9 sec @ 103.2 mph
Standard V8 455ci 1x4bbl 365 500 lb-ft - -

Transmission


  • 4-Speed Manual Wide Ratio
  • 3-Speed Turbo Hydra-Matic
  • 4-Speed Manual Close Ratio
  • Heavy-Duty 3-Speed Manual

Paint & Colors


Exterior

Ebony Black
Porcelain White
Platinum Poly
Azure Blue
Astro Blue Poly
Twilight Blue Poly
Reef Turquoise Poly
Aegean Aqua Poly
Aspen Green Poly
Sherwood Green Poly
Bamboo
Sebring Yellow
Nugget Gold Poly
Galleon Poly
Burnished Gold Poly
Copper Poly
Rally Red
Matador Red
Burgundy Mist Poly

Interior

Black
Lt. Blue
Dark Green/Dark Olive
Gold
Pearl

OEM Brochures


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