The 442s could still be ordered with the W30 option, which included the still potent L77 455 engine and produced 300 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque.
The 1972 Olds 442 reverted back to an appearance and handling option package on the Cutlass Holiday Coupe, Cutlass S sport coupe and Holiday coupe, and Cutlass Supreme convertible.
It included the FE2 suspension upgrades, (heavy-duty springs and shocks, front and rear sway bars, boxed lower rear control arms, and 14x7 wheels) side striping, fender and deck lid badging, faux hood louvers, and a unique grille.
The 442s could still be ordered with the W30 option, which included the still potent L77 455 engine and produced 300 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. Other notable components included a lightweight aluminum intake manifold, fiberglass ram-air hood, anti-spin differential, and heavy-duty cooling. Only 113 W30 convertibles and 659 W30 coupes were produced making it a very rare option.
A special edition Hurst/Olds paced the Indy in 1972. The H/O was based on the notchback Cutlass Supreme Holiday couple unlike the 442 option, and the Cutlass Supreme convertible. Both H/O engines were mated to Turbo 400 transmissions with console-mounted Hurst Dual Gate shifters. A H/O Vista Cruiser was provided for the Medical Doctor.
To spot a 1972 442 look for silver grille with black surround, black headlight bezels, round parking lights in front bumper, and 3-section horizontal taillights.
|Engine||Size||Carb.||HP||Torque||0 to 60||Quarter mile|
|W-30 L77||455ci||1x4bbl||300||410 lb-ft||6.8 sec||15.2 sec @ 94.0 mph|
- 4-Speed Manual floor
- 3-Speed Manual Column/Console at extra cost
- 3-Speed TH350 Auto (350 & 455)
- 3-Speed TH400 Auto (455)
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