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“Demolition Man” Olds 4-4-2 to Star at Barrett-Jackson Auction

This movie car will be auctioned January 27th in Scottsdale


It’s a no-brainer that people are enamored with fame and those who have it. The same goes for material items associated with the famous. An example of the latter that you can actually own is this 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W30 that played a supporting role in the movie “Demolition Man.” It will be on the block on January 27, 2024, at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale.

Let’s revisit Olds history for a moment: the 4-4-2 was introduced in the middle of the 1964 model year, which was an 11th-hour competitor to the Pontiac GTO. While the GTO’s 389 simply outclassed the 4-4-2’s 330, the Olds had other features that made it special, like mandatory four-speed and a rear stabilizer bar. The latter was something that would become a 4-4-2 trademark and give it handling chops above its competitors throughout the decade.

Starting in 1965, the 4-4-2 was equipped with a big-block 400, putting it on par with the GTO. And, in 1966, the W30 package was introduced for drag racers. Of special note were air induction scoops in the cavities of the front bumper that were connected to tubes that lead to the air cleaner. This system would be a unique Olds feature through 1969.

Nineteen seventy was the 4-4-2’s magnum opus. A restyle on the same platform gave it aggressive haunches, and the new fiberglass air induction hood (optional for the 4-4-2, and included with the W30 package) was stylish. The 455 was new for the 4-4-2 and was advertised at 370 horsepower in W30 tune. This car has become the most desirable Olds in the muscle car era, so it was a no-brainer when the producers of “Demolition Man,” the 1993 film starring Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, and Sandra Bullock, picked it as a movie car.

This particular 1970 Olds 4-4-2 W30 was used in the flick and is documented as such. In fact, it was purchased from the GM Heritage Collection for the movie and comes with a Certificate of Origin from GM. Aside of Sly driving it the way it was made to be driven, this Olds is one of several vehicles being sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale from the Frank Tiegs Collection.

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Does the ultimate Oldsmobile and Hollywood provenance move you? Then be ready to bid on January 27, 2024 — either in person, online, or via phone. And if you have a car to sell, what better place than consigning it at the very same event as the “Demolition Man” Olds? It’s the red-carpet treatment just like Hollywood, but in the desert of Scottsdale.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


  1. I was in love with the 442 from my Army days in Oklahoma. Some nitwit re-enlisted and bought a new 65 442, red with while bucket seats and a 4 speed. It had the wire wheels with spinners. Sharp as a tack. Some officer must’ve wanted his car because soon after he was reassigned to the 11 th Air Assault Brigade in Ft Benning, Georgia now known as the 1st Cav. Hello Vietnam, goodbye 442. That’s how the officer’s did you in those days. Wanted your car? Ship you overseas. Enlisted men couldn’t bring their cars to Vietnam, or Korea or Iceland. Anywho, I’ve had a few 442’s and clones over the years and still have some along side Mustang Gt’s and my current Scat Pack Challenger WB Shaker 6 speed.


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