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1970 Oldsmobile 442

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General Overview

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.

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Manufacturer Original Sales Brochures


Engine 0 to 60 MPH Quarter Mile Source
455ci/370hp n/a 13.9 sec @ 103.2 mph HC
455ci/370hp n/a 14.2 sec @ 95.37 mph MCR 12/95


Available Engines:
Rally 350 350ci 1x4bbl 310 hp 490 lb-ft
W-30 455ci 1x4bbl 370 hp 500 lb-ft
Standard V8 455ci 1x4bbl 365 hp 500 lb-ft
Available Transmissions:
  • 4-Speed Manual Wide Ratio
  • 3-Speed Turbo Hydra-Matic
  • 4-Speed Manual Close Ratio
  • Heavy-Duty 3-Speed Manual

Factory Exterior Colors

  • 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

Factory Interior Colors

  • Black
  • Lt. Blue
  • Dark Green/Dark Olive
  • Gold
  • Pearl

Production Numbers

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

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