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Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 (1972)


Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 (1972)

The 1968 and 1969 4-4-2 cars had been awesome but were limited by the GM ban on any engine over 400ci (6.5 liters) in its mid-sized cars. By 1970 they'd lifted that ban and Buick were free to slot in their 455ci (7.4-liter) big-block, which made the new 4-4-2 very quick on the street. As standard, the 4-4-2 had heavy-duty springs and shocks, plus thick front and rear anti-roll bars, but the W-30 also added a glass-fibre hood with cold-air induction, a rear trunk spoiler, an increase in power, in part thanks to an aluminium intake, and 7x14 (178x356mm) Rallye wheels which gave great handling. Typical for Buick, they retained luxury inside the car, with high-backed bucket seats, tuck 'n' roll vinyl, wood veneer and power windows. Performance extras included a Muncie manual gearbox which, though a little tricky to use off the line, didn't sap so much engine power.

Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 (1972) Specifications

Top speed:129 mph (206 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):7.1 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:455 ci (7,456 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:300 bhp (224 kW) @ 4,700 rpm
Max torque:410 lb ft (556 Nm) @ 3,200 rpm
Weight:3,828 lb (1,740 kg)
Economy:8 mpg (2.83 km/I)
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