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A two-year frame-off restoration was performed on this 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Pace Car Edition Convertible by Pugesek Motorsports. Completed in 2013, the car immediately scored a coveted Concours Gold Certificate at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. Freed from limits on engine displacement, in 1970 Oldsmobile took a page from George Hurst’s playbook and endowed its 442 with 455 cubic inches of Olds Rocket power, making it the perfect candidate to pace the Indianapolis 500.
One of just 268 Oldsmobile 442 Convertibles produced with the Y74 Indy Pace Car Package, this example is equipped with the 455/365 HP engine with added W-30 equipment including the special cam, a twin-scooped fiberglass Force Air hood and Red inner wheel wells. This incredibly torque-rich powerplant is teamed with GM’s 400 Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission – complete with console-mounted Hurst Dual Gate shifter – and a heavy duty Positraction rear end with the rare W-27 aluminum rear cover. Special Y72 heavy duty engine cooling was crucial to the Pace Car’s high-speed mission, but there is plenty of comfort and luxury built into the package as well as the unmistakable Porcelain White and Black livery, including Sport suspension, power steering and brakes, power bucket seats, electric trunk release, tinted glass and an AM/FM radio.