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Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 (1966)


Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 (1966)

Most people associate the 4-4-2 package with the later model Oldsmobiles, but it actually started life in 1964 as an option on the F-85 intermediate model. In the following year, GM limited its engines to 400ci (6.55 liters) in intermediate-sized cars, and as such, the 425 Olds engine had to be destroked to 400ci, and this motor became part of the 4-4-2 package. The F-85 for 1966 was restyled and the 4-4-2 was again available as an option. This car came about in an increased effort to promote the company's presence on the drag strip. For $279 the W-30 package gave the engine a high-lift camshaft, bigger valves and a pair of hoses that gave fresh air to the triple two-barrel Rochester carburettors. Most W-30 models in 1966 were the stripped-out two-door pillared coupes, and as 4-4-2s, featured stiffer rate springs and shocks, plus front and rear anti-roll bars.

Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 (1966) Specifications

Top speed:130 mph (208 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):6.0 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:400 ci (6,554 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:360 bhp (268 kW) @ 5,000 rpm
Max torque:440 lb ft (596 Nm) @ 3,600 rpm
Weight:3,197 lb (1,453 kg)
Economy:10 mpg (3.54 km/I)
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