Lot 59

2013   |   Amelia Island Auction 2013

1971 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Convertible

SOLD $189,750


$225,000 - $275,000



Car Highlights

An Exceptional Example of Oldsmobile’s Legendary W-Machine
One of Only 32 Four-Speed W-30 Convertibles Built in 1971
Stunning Saturn Gold over Black Color Combination
Equipped with an Impressive List of Desirable Options
Faithfully Restored by Marque Specialist Joe Cubellis
Documented with Build Sheet, Dealer Invoice, and Protect-O-Plate
A Rare and Exciting Find for Muscle Car Enthusiasts

Technical Specs

455 CID OHV V-8 Engine
Single Four-Barrel Rochester Carburetor
350 HP at 4,700 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Front-Disc Brakes, Rear Drums
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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Delivered to its first owner through Royal Pontiac-Olds in Butler, New Jersey, this 1971 442 W-30 Convertible is outfitted with some of the most desirable optional features available for Oldsmobile’s legendary muscle car.

In terms of performance features, this 442 is ideally optioned with a four-speed manual gearbox, Hurst shifter, heavy-duty Posi-Traction 3.73:1 axle, W27 rear-end cover, Rocket Rally pack gauges, Tic-Toc-Tach, bucket seats, center console, and sport steering wheel.

As would be expected of a range-topping Oldsmobile, the W-30 Convertible is luxuriously equipped with power steering, power windows, power top, wood-grain trim, AM push-button radio with bi-phonic rear speaker, tinted glass, two-speed wipers, a visor vanity mirror, and accessory lamp group.

This W-30 is presented in its brilliant factory- delivered color scheme of Saturn Gold with black accent stripes and red plastic inner fenders, arguably the most attractive of any combination offered for the 442.

Over the years, the Oldsmobile has always been kept in appreciative hands and previous owners include Salvatore Amodeo, Lawrence Nuzzaci, and Robbie Yow, a North Carolina collector with a passion for exceptional American performance cars. The current owner, a respected Michigan collector, was immediately drawn to this rare Oldsmobile and has continued to maintain it in his personal stable of limited-production muscle cars.

Restored by noted Oldsmobile expert Joe Cubellis of New Castle, Pennsylvania, the W-30 Convertible remains beautifully presented throughout and is authentically detailed down to its optional color-keyed Super Stock II wheels and Goodyear Polyglas GT tires.

Documented by the build sheet, Royal Pontiac- Olds invoice, owner’s manual, and Protect-O- Plate, this ultra-rare 442 W-30 Convertible is sure to impress the most discerning collector.

Of all the 442 models, the magnificent W-30s of 1970 and 1971 are the ultimate Oldsmobile muscle cars, with the ultra-rare four-speed Convertibles representing the most exclusive, top-of-the line specification. Amazingly, of the 110 W-30 Convertibles built for the 1971 model year, this car is one of only 32 examples originally specified with the sporting four-speed gearbox.

Considering its marvelous factory-correct color scheme, long list of rare options, accurate restoration, and important documentation, this W-30 is a rare and exciting prize.