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Last month marked the 20th anniversary of GM’s decision to kill Oldsmobile.

While most people don’t have fond memories of the brand’s later models, the same can’t be said about the 442.

Originally introduced as a package, the 442 would go on to become a standalone model in 1968. It was notable for its massive 7.5-liter V8 engine, which produced a claimed 365 hp (272 kW / 370 PS) and 500 lb-ft (678 Nm) of torque.

Also Read: This 1970 Ford Torino Twister Special Is One Of Just 90 In The World

That brings us to this 1970 442 W-30 Convertible, which will be auctioned by Mecum in March. Just one of 96 produced that year with a four-speed manual transmission and the W-30 performance package, the car stood out back then and continues to do so today.

Dressed in Twilight Blue and featuring contrasting white accents, this is could be the ultimate luxury muscle car. Part of this is due to the W-30 package which added a fiberglass ram air hood, a “low-restriction” air cleaner and an aluminum intake manifold. The engine was also outfitted with upgraded internals including a special camshaft. Thanks to these changes, the output reportedly climbed to 370 hp (276 kW / 375 hp).

Despite being a beast, the 442 is relatively luxurious as it features black bucket seats, metallic accents and acres of faux wood trim. This particular model also has also been equipped with a Custom Sport steering wheel, an eight-track player and a Hurst shifter.

Other notable highlights include front disc brakes and optional Super Stock I wheels wrapped in Goodyear G70-14 Polyglas bias-ply tires. The model also sports a “desirable W-27 aluminum differential cover on the rear axle.”

There’s no auction estimate, but the car is being sold without reserve and will hopefully find a good home.

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Millions of Americans recently celebrated the inauguration of President Joe Biden, but few will likely rejoice at the possibility of higher taxes.

However, that seems like a real possibility as Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Transportation said “I think all options need to be on the table.”

According to Fox News, Pete Buttigieg used his confirmation hearing to note “The gas tax has not been increased since 1993 and it’s never been pegged to inflation.” This means the Highway Trust Fund has been spending more money than it takes in and could become insolent around 2022.

Also Read: President Trump Said To Support A 25 Cent Increase In Gas Taxes

We have a real chance to deliver for the American people—to build our economy back, better than ever, and the @USDOT can play a central role in this. pic.twitter.com/0RaNJb0fyB

— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) January 21, 2021

While Congress has injected funds into the Trust in the past, Buttigieg said the country needs a “solution that can provide some predictability and sustainability.” However, that might not be a gas tax as he noted the shift to electric vehicles could eventually eliminate its purpose.

That being said, Buttigieg stated changes to the gas tax could be a solution for the short to medium term. He didn’t go into specifics, but suggested this “could mean revisiting the gas tax, adjusting it, and / or connecting it to inflation.”

Following the confirmation hearing, a Buttigieg spokesperson reportedly disavowed his comments and said a “variety of options need to be on the table to ensure we can invest in our highways and create jobs, but increasing the gas tax is not among them.”

The Detroit Bureau notes the gas tax has remained 18.4 cents per gallon for the past 28 years and was set at a time when vehicles averaged around 21 mpg. That number jumped to 25.7 mpg last year and it means less money to fix America’s crumbling roads.

Infrastructure funding has been an ongoing issue and one with no easy answers.  Tax increases are widely unpopular, despite nearly everyone agreeing that better roads are needed. Alternative proposals, such as taxing people by the number of miles they drive, also face issues of their own as many would likely object to that kind of government monitoring.

VinFast has unveiled three new electric vehicles and announced plans to become a global automaker.

Kicking things off is the VF31, which is a C-segment crossover that will be launched in Vietnam this November.

It’s not exactly a thing of beauty, but it has a distinctive front fascia and plastic body cladding. The model will measure 169.3 inches (4,300 mm) long and have a wheelbase that spans 102.8 inches (2,611 mm).

Also Read: VinFast Wants The World To Take It Seriously, Unveils $164,000 President Luxury SUV

Inside, we can expect a heated steering wheel, heated / ventilated seats and a climate control system with a HEPA filter. Buyers will also find a “10-12.8 inch” infotainment system as well as driver assistance systems such as lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and a surround view camera.

On the performance front, the base model will have an electric motor that develops 114 hp (85 kW / 116 PS) and 140 lb-ft (190 Nm) of torque.  If that’s not enough, the Premium version has 201 hp (150 kW / 204 PS) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. Both will have a 42 kWh battery pack and this will deliver a range of up to 186 miles (300 km).

VF32

The VF32 is a larger D-segment crossover that will be launched locally in February of 2022. It’s then slated to arrive in European, U.S. and Canadian markets in June.

The company didn’t say much about the model, but we can see chrome trim and slender LED daytime running lights. In terms of size, the VF32 will measure 187 inches (4,750 mm) long and have a 116.1 inch (2,950 mm) wheelbase.

Inside, drivers will find a 15.4-inch infotainment system and a multi-color ambient lighting system. Other highlights include heated / ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel and a climate control system with a HEPA filter.

The entry-level model will have a single electric motor developing 201 hp (150 kW / 204 PS) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. Moving up to the Premium variant will reward buyers with a dual-motor all-wheel drive system producing 402 hp (300 kW / 408 PS) and 472 lb-ft (640 Nm). Both will apparently have a 90 kWh battery pack, but there’s no word on how far they’ll be able to travel.

VF33

The VF33 will arrive at the same time as the VF32 and feature LED Matrix headlights, a panoramic glass roof and a 15.4-inch infotainment system. We can also see a ventilated hood, flush-mounted door handles and a distinctive C-pillar. This particular model will measure 201.6 inches (5,120 mm) long with a wheelbase spanning 124 inches (3,150 mm).

The VF33 is slated to have a dual-motor all-wheel drive system producing 402 hp (300 kW / 408 PS). While the powertrain appears to carryover from the Premium version of the VF32, the VF33 will have a battery capacity of up to 106 kWh. This should enable the model to travel up to 342 miles (550 km) on a single charge.

The VF32 and FV33 are slated to have Level 2 and Level 3 semi-autonomous driving systems, while “full-option versions” of all three models will have “some Level 4 autopilot features.”  These are said to include summon and automatic parking functions. To enable these features, the vehicles will be equipped with 14 cameras, 19 360° sensors and an undisclosed amount of LiDAR sensors.

A lot of questions remain, but we’ll likely learn more in the coming months.