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Lot Number
70
1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Convertible
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $180,000 - $220,000
CHASSIS NO: 344670M180235
• Four-Speed, factory W30 optioned car; Rare Azure Blue color
• Fully documented including original dealer invoice, sales order sheet and original GM Certicard
• Scored 998 out of 1,000 points at the Oldsmobile Nationals
• Excellent example of Oldsmobile muscle

455 cid OHV V-8 with four-barrel carburetor rated at 370 HP, four-speed manual transmission, heavy-duty coil-spring suspension with front and rear anti-sway bars, and front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 112”


In the 1960s, it was all about power in the street, and muscle cars were all the rage. Pontiac had the GTO and Firebird, Chevrolet had the Chevelle and Camaro, and Ford had the Mustang, all of which were capable of blinding performance in the quarter mile. These were the days when anyone with enough money for a down payment could walk into the showroom and drive away with a car that could head straight for the track. On September 23, 1969 that’s exactly what Jerry L. Anderson of Littleton, West Virginia did when he entered the Tarleton Motor Company in Fairmont, West Virginia. The records indicate that Anderson traded in his 1968 Olds 442 convertible for a 1970 Azure Blue 442 convertible with the W30 option. In a set of numbers that would make anyone’s heart skip a beat, he received $2,316.24 for his trade in leaving a balance of $2,160 and a grand total of $4,476.24 for a piece of American muscle car history. Of course, the value of these iconic performance cars has increased some over the years and they remain a tribute to a time when sheer power ruled both the street and the racetrack.

The gorgeous example offered here is a fully restored car that has scored very well in judged competition. It was authentically restored over a five-year period and was finished in 2006. It looks today just as did when restored and has been driven a mere five miles since. So precise is this car’s authenticity that it scored 998 out of 1,000 points at the Oldsmobile Nationals in 2007. Oldsmobile’s W30 package is prominently displayed in this sought-after car, as this option added a fiberglass hood with functional air scoops, a low-restriction air cleaner, an aluminum intake manifold, special camshaft, cylinder heads, special distributor, and a bigger carburetor.

While the Oldsmobile 442 was certainly an impressive muscle car, this one carries a look of luxury and prestige in its seldom seen color of Azure Blue, a hue that was more at home at the beach rather than the Friday night drag strip. The matching dark blue top presents nicely and a rally strip down the sides is neatly enhanced by the simple “442” on the front fenders, denoting that this car is a thoroughbred street warrior. This 442 also rides on correct factory rally rims with period-correct Goodyear Polyglas tires. The interior is finished in a lovely blue vinyl that carries the wood grain appliqué that defined many cars from the 1970s. The 442 also used a sport type rally steering wheel and its four-speed shifter is neatly housed in a center console. All upholstery, carpets, door panels, dashboard, and gauges received attention in the restoration of this car. Although certainly refined and sophisticated in its appearance, the true heart of this Olds is found under the hood with its 455 cubic-inch V-8 that firmly places 370 pounding ponies to the pavement. The engine compartment in this 442 is well-sorted with correct colors, wiring, and hose clamps. Most impressive with this car is the documentation, as it has its owner’s manual, consumer information manual, new vehicle warranty pamphlet, dealer sales order form, invoice receipt from Tarleton Motor Company, Oldsmobile pre-delivery service and adjustment check sheet, and all registration papers. Original GM Certicard and all the original factory tags and stickers were also retained and are still with the car.

Nicely optioned muscle cars are few and far between, as they were usually built as a “bare bones” racer, but this 442 is a car that offers just a touch of sophistication in a performance-built machine. Nothing could be better than cruising the boulevard with the top down in an Olds 442 that’s got power to spare. With its rare color and excellent restoration, this 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30 with four-speed transmission, is a car that’s ready for both show and go.

1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Convertible
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