BILL PORTERFIELD'S BLOWN, MID-ENGINED 442 IS AS RADICAL AS THEY COME. AND ITS HOT ROD MAGAZINE'S CHOICE FOR STREET MACHINE OF THE YEAR.
Selecting the HOT ROD Street Machine of the Year was not an easy task. HOT ROD staffers see thousands of fine street machines during the course of a year. After much debate and lobbying, a stellar group of semifinalists was chosen; but when it came down to picking the best of the best, one car outscored them all: Bill Porterfield's '78 Oldsmobile 442.
The blown, mid-engined 442 has it all: wild looks, exhilarating performance, innovative engineering, superb comfort, outstanding reliability, exacting attention to detail, quality craftsmanship and the ability to attract more attention than a naked starlet in a large crowd. That should be enough, but there's more. Porterfield's revolutionary street freak is also a bracket racer and a luxury cruiser. (continued on page 69)
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