Oldsmobile 442 W30
Even though the Pontiac GTO takes full credit as being the first modern muscle car, not many people know the Oldsmobile 442 started the same year. However, Oldsmobile was more discrete about advertising this new model as a basic option in the Cutlass line. From the beginning, they marketed the 442 as “the gentleman’s hot rod.” And it was all that since it was an elegant, well-equipped muscle car.
They gave it luxury appointments, reserved styling and a brutal performance. However, the name, “442,” caused a lot of controversies back in the day, yet the meaning was simple. It had a 400 CID engine, a four-barrel carburetor, and a dual exhaust. Although you could order it with an automatic, if you wanted the most out your 442, you would go for the manual.
In 1966, Oldsmobile prepared an interesting special version for the 442 called the W-30. If you opted for W-30, you got special ram air induction with tubes going from the front bumper to the carburetors, a hotter cam, and more go-fast options. Being conservative, Oldsmobile didn’t put any wild graphics or emblems on the car. So, even though the W-30 was significantly faster than the regular model, it looked the same.
Although the price of the W-30 package was affordable, most people overlooked this model, so Oldsmobile only made 54 of them. And that is a tiny percentage compared to the over 20,000 442s they built for the 1966 model year.