1972 442 W30 Authentication

1964-1972

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Joffroi
Administrator
#1

I am looking for more information on how to tell if a 72 can be an actual W30. I know they didn't have the red vendors (except the first 10 built apparently), but what are some other things to look for? Could they have AC? I assume all are X-code and not U-code?


Edit: From what I read they did not originally have AC.

allyolds68
Beginner
#2
Joffroi wrote:

I am looking for more information on how to tell if a 72 can be an actual W30. I know they didn't have the red vendors (except the first 10 built apparently), but what are some other things to look for? Could they have AC? I assume all are X-code and not U-code?


Edit: From what I red they did not originally have AC.

AllX code cars in 72 were W30's. There were even a couple X code H/O's. U code were 455 autos and V code were 455 4speeds (could be 442's, Supremes, or Cutlass's)

Joffroi
Administrator
#3
allyolds68 wrote:
Joffroi wrote:

I am looking for more information on how to tell if a 72 can be an actual W30. I know they didn't have the red vendors (except the first 10 built apparently), but what are some other things to look for? Could they have AC? I assume all are X-code and not U-code?


Edit: From what I red they did not originally have AC.

AllX code cars in 72 were W30's. There were even a couple X code H/O's. U code were 455 autos and V code were 455 4speeds (could be 442's, Supremes, or Cutlass's)


Thanks for the info! It should would be nice to have a W car parked next to the 442....

allyolds68
Beginner
#4

They couldn't have A/C. There was a huge pissing contest recently on Facebook where Jeffrey Herboltzheim (H&H Classic AutoRestorations)claimed he had a documented 72 W30 with A/C. I think it was Mark Prince that tore him a new one. Jeffrey said he had documentation but never posted anything and he was hounded for days to do so.

Joffroi
Administrator
#5

So were all U-code 72s 442s or could you still get a Cutlass U code to just get the 455 without getting the 442 package?

allyolds68
Beginner
#6
Joffroi wrote:

So were all U-code 72s 442s or could you still get a Cutlass U code to just get the 455 without getting the 442 package?

You could get a U-code Cutlass. It didn't have to be a 442 optioned car

Joffroi
Administrator
#7

So you need that build sheet.


What do you think of this one.... real or fake?

https://www.oldsmobilecentral.com/for-sale/1972/442-Sedgwick.php

allyolds68
Beginner
#8
Joffroi wrote:

So you need that build sheet.


What do you think of this one.... real or fake?

https://www.oldsmobilecentral.com/for-sale/1972/442-Sedgwick.php

I don't know 72's well enough to say. Allan R on ClassicOlds would be a better one to ask. I saw your other post about the battery in the trunk. Maybe someone was planning on racing it and that's as far as they got.

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