1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 W-30

455 CID V8 3 Speed Automatic

For Sale $119,000 US

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  • Stock: #2022-HOU
  • Price: $119,000
  • Year/Make: 1970 Oldsmobile
  • Model: Cutlass
  • Submodel/Trim: 442 W-30
  • Engine: 455 CID V8
  • Transmission: 3 Speed Automatic
  • Exterior Color: Burgundy Mist
  • Interior Color: Black
  • Mileage: 17,628 (undocumented)
  • Gears: 3.42:1
Additional Features
Air Conditioning AM/FM Radio Performance Tires Power Brakes Power Steering Radial Tires Rally Wheels Rear Defogger Seatbelts Tilt Steering Wheel Vinyl Interior
Additional Features
Air Conditioning AM/FM Radio Performance Tires Power Brakes Power Steering Radial Tires Rally Wheels Rear Defogger Seatbelts Tilt Steering Wheel Vinyl Interior
Gateway Classic Cars Houston is very excited to offer this gorgeous collector's dream 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 for sale. In addition to being to a rare 4-4-2 color, this Burgundy Mist "W-Machine" is very well optioned, making it an even more unique "W-Machine" (see list below or contact us for a copy). Its current owner has been collecting and restoring Oldsmobiles for over 30 years, and in his words, "...I've only seen 3 others in color code 78". While that shouldn't be taken to imply that only a handful of 4-4-2s were built in this color, you'll probably find it nearly impossible to find another one like it. This 4-4-2 was treated to an extremely thorough restoration: while nearly all original, it has some non-OE parts that are better than the originals. For one thing, to keep the giant 455 cool, a monster custom-fabbed (and painstakingly custom fit) aluminum radiator was added, and the engine and transmission were substantially upgraded internally to support the extra power that the drivetrain was targeted to deliver. According to the dyno report, this 455 is putting out 514 peak HP and 578 lb-ft peak torque, which is a noticeable improvement over the factory rating of 370HP/500lb-ft torque. The engine is a full roller engine - built, balanced, blueprinted, and dynoed by renowned Oldsmobile engine wizard Dick Miller. According to the owner, stabbing the go pedal to the floor at a 65-mph cruise could easily get you sideways in this beast as it drops to 2nd gear and smokes the tires (even at that speed). While we won't attempt to validate that assertion, this "Dr. Oldsmobile-approved" enhanced big block already acts like it's on steroids, so we have no reason to doubt that it can do that.

The first restoration on this car was done in 1991, and at that time, when it went to the spray booth, it was painted black. The current owner tracked it down in Seattle, where it was first sold (and remained), over a dozen years ago. Shortly thereafter, he decided to bring it back to its original glory, minus the black vinyl top, as one can see. The car was sent to Impatient Creations in Alabama for its rebirth. It left there with a folder full of receipts and work descriptions, plus a USB drive with hundreds of photos, where one can see step by step of the process described in painstaking detail in the receipts. The body was taken down to bare metal, and any rust that was found was removed and replaced with metal. There is, according to the owner, zero bondo on this car. Based on the restoration photos, we'll agree...a painstaking and thorough effort went into making this car better than it left the line in Lansing, Michigan in December 1969. Now sporting its original hue, but with a better finish that the factory produced, this is one crazy good-looking A-body. Under the hood, this 4-4-2 W30 is packing its original 455 CID V8, with its F-code high compression heads and aluminum intake, but with the benefit of an improved roller valvetrain, the giant radiator, a date-code correct 4BBL carb, and a hidden MSD ignition enhancement. You'll also see the telltale red inner fenders and the "Force Air" induction. Behind the 455 is the beefed up TH400 automatic, which spins the 3.42 gears (and limited slip differential) out back. The transmission is controlled by the Hurst Dual-Gate shifter, which works like a charm. The black interior is by Legendary, and it is in superb condition, still looking like new. The gauges were redone, and the clock replaced with an OE-look quartz unit. Outside, not only is the paint miles deep, the original stainless steel trim has been professionally polished, and it gleams like new. During the restoration, every part was either removed and restored, or it was replaced with NOS ("new old stock") or an improved part. The original R12 HVAC system has been converted to R134, and it blows cold, thanks to the new A6 compressor. The exhaust system is a high-quality reproduction, but with the addition of electric cutouts, for when you want to let everyone within earshot know that this machine is NOT one to be trifled with.

According to its owner, this 4-4-2 has won numerous awards, including a Best of Class at Oldsmobile Zone show, and other top awards at many regional shows across Texas, Oklahoma, and Alabama. It comes with a giant framed display, which includes the 1970 owner's manual, factory paint chip sample card, "W-Machine" sales literature, and what appears to be the original sales invoice (in quite good condition). Per the original invoice, this car came with the following options list:

W30 (W-Machine) package

M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission (heavy duty TH400)

G92 Perf Axle 3.42 ratio - G80, V02 required

G80 Anti-Spin rear axle (note: think "PosiTrac")

V02 Heavy-Duty Radiator

A02 Soft-Ray Tinted Windshield

N47 Vari-Ratio Power Steering

JL2 Power with Front Disc Brakes

PK5 Wide Oval Tires - Raised Letters

*P05 Super Stock 14 Wheels

N34 Custom Sport Steering Wheel

U58 AM-FM Stereophonic Radio

D35 Sports Styled Outside Rearview Mirrors

C50 Rear Window Defogger

W35 Rear Deck Lid Air Spoiler

B32 Auxiliary Front Floor Mats

B33 Auxiliary Rear Floor Mats

N33 Tilt Away Steering Wheel

B85 Chrome Side Window Mouldings

W26 Sports Console-Hurst Dual-Gate Shifter

U21 Rocket Rally Pac

A39 Deluxe Front and Rear Lap Belts

*C08 Vinyl Roof Covering

Y60 Visor Vanity Mirror, Underhood Lamp, Luggage Compartment Lamp,

Glove Box Lamp, Ash Tray Lamp, Mirror & Front Compartment Lamp,

Courtesy Lamps & Map Lamp, Instrument Panel Control Lighting

*NOTE: options no longer present or replaced

It shouldn't take a rocket scientist or doctor (think "Dr. Oldsmobile") to spot this as the real deal, and one worth adding to your muscle collection; so, 4-4-2 fans rejoice, because this long-hidden gem is out in the wild and is ready for its new home! For more information on this 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2, to see all the HD pictures and videos of it, copy the URL below, and see it at this direct link: . Alternatively, you may also call the showroom at (832) 243-6220 or email us at for more info.

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