LIMA — The 1970 Olds 442 W30, where muscle meets brawn. The W30 package was the top of Oldsmobile’s 442 performance. Some car enthusiasts feel the 1970 Olds 442 W30 is the baddest Oldsmobile of all time. The 1970 version was described as being suited “for performance enthusiasts only.” The engine produced 370 horsepower and was capable of going from zero to sixty in 5.7 seconds. The 1970 Olds 442 paced the Indianapolis 500 race.
Susie Kaple, of Lima brought her 1970 Olds 442 W30 to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. 1970 will probably be remembered by American as a time of great turmoil. The war in Vietnam not only dragged on, but President Nixon expanded it to Cambodia and Laos. War protesters hit the streets and it felt as if the country was coming apart at the seams. However 1970 was a great year for muscle car fans as performance had hit a high for this era. And never again would there be such a large selection of muscle cars to chose from. But in 1970 all was still good with Oldsmobile. For Oldsmobile performance fans, it would never be this good again.
1970 Olds 442 W30