1 of 220: 1972 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds

For nine model years scattered from 1968 to 1984, Hurst Performance Corp. partnered with Oldsmobile to produce limited production muscle cars with some unique features. One was the 1972 Hurst/Olds, which was built using the Cutlass Supreme that saw only 629 copies )of which just 220 had a power sunroof like the seller’s car). This one has had the same owner since 1983 and was treated to a frame-off restoration sometime on his/her watch. Located in Sterling, Illinois, this beautiful car with a 455 cubic inch V8 is available here on craigslist. The asking price? $49,950. Thanks, Pat L. for this cool find!

The 1972 Hurst/Olds had the second-lowest production numbers of all the special cars. And the car almost didn’t happen at all. At the 1971 Indianapolis 500, a Hemi Orange Dodge Challenger convertible was pacing the field when it had an accident, crashing into a photographer’s camera stand just past the finish line, almost killing several people. Thus, in 1972, Detroit automakers were leery of providing a pace car to Indy. Fortunately, Hurst stepped up and offered to sponsor the pace car, becoming the only time it was sponsored by someone other than an automobile manufacturer. Hurst talked Oldsmobile into supplying the Cutlass Supremes and the rest is in the history books.

A breakdown of ’72 Hurst/Olds production numbers is 130 Convertibles, 220 hardtops with sunroof (like the seller’s car), 6 station wagons for press and ambulance use, and 279 hardtops. The only color was Cameo White with reflective 3M gold stripes that were stickers, not paint. All these autos had the W-25 Ram Air Hood and gold SS III Rally Wheels with a chrome bolt-on center cap and chrome beauty ring. Because of the Indy connection with the ’72 Hurst/Olds, all 629 of the units produced are considered pace cars.

The seller’s automobile has traveled just 68,000 miles during its 50 years on the planet. With the same caretaker for the past 39 years (and just one owner before that), the car was given a frame-off restoration at some point. The car is numbers-matching with some upgrades in the mechanical department which include an Edelbrock intake manifold, chrome valve covers, chrome air cleaner, and an aluminum transmission pan. All the original parts were retained and currently reside in the trunk for its third owner.

Appearance-wise, the photos depict no flaws, so the sheet metal, paint, and graphics look good. The same can be said for what we see of the interior. Hagerty places the resale value of one of these cars at between $50-90,000 depending on condition. Since the car is not a survivor but a restoration, the seller has chosen to price his beauty at the low end of the scale. With just 629 built in 1972, you must wonder how many of them are left today?

Comments

  1. Larry Member

    I sold one a couple of years ago with no sun roof

    Like 10
  2. Dave, Australia

    God I love the sight of a real car, back from when cars were simple and stood out from one another, Today’s tripe over the top with pathetic safety devices that treat you like your useless.

    Like 5
  3. Ike Onick

    Don’t rob a bank using this as your getaway car.

    Like 6
  4. Howie

    Nice and very clean, CASH ONLY.

    Like 2
  5. 19sixty5 Member

    If it came with Linda Vaughn, SOLD!

    Like 1
  6. hemistroker

    IF it came with 1972 Linda Vaughn!

    Like 8
  7. RDMASH

    Linda Vaughn’s younger sidekicks. YUMMY

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