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1966 Oldsmobile 442 W30 1:18
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1966 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 1:18 scale diecast model by Highway 61 in Target Red with a matching red interior. Model features opening hood, doors, and trunk as well as fully functional steering, folding and sliding seats, rotating driveshaft, opening glove box, and working suspension. Even the hood, doors, and glove box have real spring loaded action!

Originally intended as a muscle car package for the Oldsmobile Cutlass beginning in 1964, the Olds 4-4-2 was intended to compete against the hugely popular Pontiac GTO. General Motors sought to compete with the GTO by offering their first true muscle car — a midsize car paired with a full-size engine. The 4-4-2 package could be ordered on any F-85, Deluxe, or Cutlass, except the station wagons.

When introduced, the 1964 package featured the B09 police option, which included a 290 hp 330ci V8 and heavy-duty suspension with rear stabilzer bar. The 4-4-2 name referred to the package’s four-barrel carburetor, the four-speed manual transmission, and dual exhaust. Oldsmobile added an automatic transmission option in 1965 to expand the 4-4-2 line. But by 1966, it was clear that GM had to offer even more, and offered a 400ci powerplant with either the L78 package with four-barrel Rochester carburetor rated at 350 hp, or the TriPower L69 package with triple two- barrel Rochesters that delivered 360 hp, the first time that Oldsmobile had offered a tri-carb option since the late ’50’s (which was promptly dropped by GM again after the ’66 model year). The standard manual three-speed transmission could be improved upon with a console-mounted automatic or four-speed manual Hurst close-ratio shifter. 1966 was also the first year for the W-30 option, which featured a forced-air system which fed directly into the oversized air cleaner and 3 - 2 barrel carburetor set-up from scoops mounted in cut-outs on the lower front bumper. The stock Cutlass suspension was upgraded when front and rear sway bars were added, earning raves for the 4-4-2’s excellent handling.

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