1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30
The 442 was one of the most legendary muscle cars, and not just because of its presence. It had big power, style and performance, but also had a strange name. In fact, there are lots of theories about its name. However, the 442 stands for the 400 V8 engine, four-speed manual transmission and dual exhaust of two pipes.
They build the 442 using the GTO mold, putting their biggest engine in their lightest intermediate body. In this case, it was an Oldsmobile Cutlass shell. They always equipped the 442 well, making it a better handling car than most of its competitors. In 1970, General Motors lifted their corporate ban on putting engines bigger than 400 CID in intermediate bodies. This meant all GM`s muscle cars, including the 442, got the big block motor with more power.
In 1970, the 442 got the mighty 455 V8 with 370 HP and 500 lb-ft of torque. Since the 442 was more luxurious than other muscle cars it was also somewhat heavier, which made it a little slower. Even so, it was still an extremely capable machine with a 0 to 60 mph time of just 5.7 seconds.