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1 of 630: 1972 Hurst/Olds Pace Car

Oldsmobile and Hurst Performance collaborated on nine occasions to release a limited-production muscle car, dubbed the Hurst/Olds. And only on two occasions did one of them pace the field at the annual Indianapolis 500 race. The first time was in 1972 which saw only 630 copies built with special graphics to denote the occasion. This nice example is one of them, either a nice survivor or a good restoration. Located in Porter, Indiana, this white and gold Cutlass Supreme is available here on craigslist for $47,000 (interesting trades will be considered). Our hat’s off to Rocco B. for this nifty tip!

The first Hurst/Olds came out in 1968 and the last in 1984, so the partnership didn’t produce a new edition every year. The 1972 version was unusual in that it was developed by Hurst and not Oldsmobile, which was the usual case. That’s because automakers had gotten skittish about fielding Pace cars to Indy after the crazy accident that involved the 1971 Pace car, a Dodge Challenger convertible. So, it was Hurst who stepped up to the plate this go around. Olds did supply the vehicles, however, 130 convertibles and the rest hardtops or coupes.

You could get your 1972 Hurst/Olds in any color you wanted as long as it was Cameo White with 3M gold stripes that were reflective stickers. All of the autos came with a 455 cubic inch V8, rated at either 250 or 300 net horsepower (most were the former). Either way, you got a TH-400 automatic transmission with a console and the Hurst Dual-Gate shifter. The seller says this example is rare in that it has trim code 4257, but the following source denotes that as the Supreme body style which was dominant.

This sweet ride (with a new power brake booster) is said to have covered less than 60,000 miles, so the overall condition of the car could be original. We’re told it runs and drives as it should and the factory A/C is nice and cold. No other history of the vehicle is provided, such as how many prior owners it’s had or where the vehicle originated. But to help show things off, the seller (Frank) does provide a video of his wares. Do you see yourself behind the wheel, pacing the field at the next Cars & Coffee?


  1. Joe Padavano

    The seller is clueless. Trim code 4257 just means that the car is a Cutlass Supreme 2dt hardtop. Oldsmobile built 105,087 cars with that 4257 style code in the 1972 model year. Of those, 499 became 2dr HT 1972 H/Os, not 227. Of that 499 H/O hardtops, 220 were made with the sunroof. This car is not one of those 220.

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  2. George Mattar

    Way too much money.

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  3. Grey O’Brien

    Why does it have a ‘71 bumper and taillights

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    • Joe Padavano

      Look again. Those are correct 1972 taillights. The normally silver dividers on the lenses were painted black on the H/O. 1971 and 72 cars used exactly the same bumpers, front and back.

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