1967 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Saffron Yellow

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In 1966 Oldsmobile first, and somewhat covertly, introduced the W-30 option for the 442-outfitted Cutlass. It quickly became a legendary sleeper and is still deified by Oldsmobile fans and muscle car collectors alike. For 1967 the 442 package, including the W-30, was only available on the Cutlass Supreme platform. It still had the stout 6.6 liter, 400 cubic inch V8, but new GM policy banning multiple carburetors for all vehicles saw the demise of the L69 with its triple carburetors, hence the new L78 with a four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor. The heavy-duty floor-mounted three-speed manual transmission was now standard with Muncie M-20 and M-21 four-speeds optional, all with Hurst shifters. Newly offered was a modified Turbo–Hydramatic 400 that featured more firm full-throttle upshifts at higher engine speeds than the standard automatic. Also new for 1967 were front disc brakes. Carried over from the '66 model was the Force-Air air cleaner (now for the Quadrajet) with tubes running to slightly different scoops in the front end. Instead of taking air below the headlights, the '67 scoops fit between the headlights above and below the parking light. The battery was once again mounted in the trunk.

There were 502 442s with the W-30 option produced by the factory in 1967, though many standard 442 models were converted to W-30 spec via a dealer-installed “Track-Pac”.

A new feature destined to become a W-30 trademark, was red inner fenders. These fenders were installed from the factory on W-30 cars only and, until reproductions started sprouting up, were a good way to distinguish a factory car from a Track-Pac conversion.

Though a large and heavy car the '67 W-30 was a strong performer. In August, 1967 Super Stock Magazine tested a 4-speed, 4.33 geared W-30; it ran a 13.99 at 102.4 mph through the quarter mile, only a second or so off two fastest cars of the year, the 427 Corvette and the 400 Ram Air Pontiac GTO.

This beautiful Saffron Yellow car was the “source” vehicle for the Johnny Lightning collector die-cast W-30 model.

This car will be offered at the Mecum Auction in Louisville, Kentucky September 8-10, 2016.

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Price -- Production --
Engine 6.6 liter V8 Weight --
Aspiration natural Torque --
HP 350 hp HP/Weight --
HP/Liter 53 hp per liter 1/4 mile --
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(from Mecum Auctions Press Release) 1967 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Saffron Yellow

  • One of only 373 produced in 1967
  • W-30 forced induction package
  • 400/350 HP L78 V-8 engine
  • Automatic transmission
  • 3.90 rear end
  • Power steering and brakes
  • Saffron Yellow exterior
  • Black interior
  • Chrome Rally wheels
  • Redline tires
  • Bucket seats
  • Sports console
  • Tilt-away steering
  • Rally gauge pack
  • Power trunk release
  • AM-FM/8-Track stereo
  • Sold new at Legends Olds in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Source car for Johnny Lightning model
  • Window sticker
  • Owner's manual