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- Order number: 1613255403
- ISBN-13: 9781613255407
by David Newhardt
Relive Oldsmobile’s most potent muscle car offerings when the simple letter W intimidated all takers.
Oldsmobile’s foray into the developing muscle car wars of the 1960s came as little surprise to most in the automotive industry. What was surprising was that it wasn’t the first to develop it! Oldsmobile’s Rocket 88 has been viewed by some as the beginning of performance offerings from automobile manufacturers. The 4-4-2 was Oldsmobile’s volley back at the Pontiac GTO, and in 1966, Olds attempted to spike the ball home with its all-new W-30 high-performance drag racing package.
During the course of the next pair of decades, Oldsmobile offered the W-code on a host of platforms (the Cutlass, F-85, 4-4-2, Toronado, and Delta 88) with an assortment of engine packages (400, 455, and 350). As muscle cars fell by the wayside during the struggling 1970s, Oldsmobile continued to carry its flagship W-30 all the way through the 1980 model year.
This book by muscle car historian and esteemed photographer David Newhardt revisits and celebrates Oldsmobile’s legendary W-optioned performance machines. So, sit down, strap in, and let Dr. Oldsmobile do the driving.
I. Oldsmobile Becomes a Muscle Car Manufacturer
- Time for a Response
- Power Play
- 1966: The Path to Power via Fresh Air
- Power Up!
- RPO W-30
- NHRA Homologation
- The W stood for Wow!
- Shifting Gears
- Back for More
- Red Hot Inner Fenders
II. New Generation, New Goodies
- 1968: 4-4-2 Bodystyles
- Power Options
- W-31: Ram Rod 350
- W-34: Toronado: Bully in a Tuxedo
- 1969: Evolutionary Improvements
- Magazine Tests
- Enter the W-32
- 1970: Apex Muscle
- W-25 Fiberglass Hood
- W-30 Going Strong
- W-31 More Time
- W-33 Full-Size Hot Rodding
- Cutlass SX: The S Might Have Meant Stealthy
- 1971: Performance Plateau
- 1972: Pressing On, Regardless
- W-30 Gone for Now but Not Forgotten
III. Echoes of Performance
- 1973: End Times
- 1974: Going, Going...
- 1975: W Still Around—Just
- 1976: Missing in Action
- 1979: W Is Back (In Lowercase)
- 1980: Taking a Bow
Buch, Hardcover, 22 x 28,5 cm, 128 Seiten, 210 farbige Abbildungen, englischer Text