1969 Oldsmobile 442 W-32
Well what can we tell you about this holy grail.. if you know anything about american muscle cars and even more about Oldsmobile 442W engines you should know that this is something of a ghost in the muscle car scene!! with only 297 produced this W-32 is the 442 Holiday Coupe and of that only 247 were ever build with the famous W-32 option package!!! You can only guess how many are left after 48 years?? The 1969 W-32 Engine Option!!! The seeds of the W-32 were sown in 1968, when Olds realized that the automatic 442 was a bit of a slug, but when you sell over 20 thousand automatic cars, you don't want to rock the boat too much. They also realized that the W-30 was a bit much with its 328 cam for the performance automatic guy. Too much cam for a low stall converter and power brakes and not much fun to drive on a daily basis. What they were searching for with the W-32 was an engine combo that would pull like the 442 auto car but have the performance a small step above the stick 442, with the convenience of the automatic car. Adding OAI, "select fit" blueprinting and the 4-speed cam seemed like a great idea. In fact, Olds engineering suggested using the 294/296 cam in the 1970 W-30 automatic as a "just the ticket" upgrade (likely from their dyno experience with the 1969 W-32 program). The W-32 should have sold like hotcakes, but less than 300 were made. That seems to stem from the fact that Olds just didn't know how to advertise the option (see examples on the right). And they faced another, more serious issue, In the previous year, the W-30 cars had received the bad reputation of being more likely to blow up than to blow the doors off of anything. The only models kicking butt and taking names were the 455 engined Hurst/Olds and the 350 W-31. As a result, though 1969 was the second highest selling year for 442 after 1968, W-Car sales in the "G" block fell to almost 2/3rds of the previous year. Regardless, the W-32 was a great idea, and if you've driven one, you will be surprised on the difference in response and mid-range power over a standard automatic trans equipped 442. It was really a "street" performance engine, truly taking advantage of the long stroke 400's torque band with better high-end punch - much more appropriate for an automatic transmission car. Frankly, at low and mid-range rpms, the W-32 has the performance that was missing in the W-30, which was designed for the drags and didn't make HP until the rod bearings were ready to spin. When you drive a W-32, you really feel it wanting to pull from 3000 up to about 5500. This reaaly ment that the W-32 was a better driving stronger and faster combo than the W-30.. keep that in mind!!! This family owned 442 has been handed down from father to son who after his father died restored this beauty body off.. he sandblasted the frame and every piece went through his hands.. after coating the underside he restored the body and opted for the Darkgreen sometimes looking like black paint option.. originally this baby had the 50/50 paintcode wich means the cameo white under and upperside without the vinyl top!! The 935 trimcode means the red bucket seat interior wich is all there looking sharp! (W32) 400 C.I. / 350 H.P. HIGH PERFORMANCE PACKAGE W/ FORCED INDUCTION, (M40) THM 400 3-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, (G92) 3.42 HEAVY DUTY AXLE RATIO, (G80) REAR AXLE POSITRACTION, (JL2) FRONT DISC BRAKES, (N40) POWER STEERING, (V02) HEAVY DUTY RADIATOR W/ HEAVY DUTY TRANSMISSION COOLER, (D55) FRONT COMPARTMENT FLOOR CONSOLE, (U63) PUSHBUTTON A.M. RADIO, (U80) AUXILIARY REAR SPEAKER, (U35) ELECTRIC CLOCK, just to keep you up to date!!! This family owned W-32 442 is believed to be matching numbers and everything under the hood is either new or rebuild!! See you @ Automagic.. cause talking cars is what we are all about!!!