$5K Hurst: 1979 Olds Cutlass

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At the top of my eBay screen right now are the words, “Shop early Black Friday,” and it seems awfully convenient that they appear on a listing for cheap Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst edition. For just under $5K, you could take home this two-tone Olds found here on eBay, where there is also the option to submit a best offer. 

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This Olds runs and drives, and the seller contends it could even be used as a daily driver. It will likely need some carb adjustments due to sitting since 2006, but the impact of this extended phase of dormancy is said to be limited to some minor engine hesitation. The Olds is well-optioned with features including his-and-hers Hurst shifters, eight-track radio and the factory R-code 350.

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Supposedly, it is straight and true underneath with no rot. The factory painted wheels are a great look for the car, and nice to see that they remain in good condition. The seller believes this car to be one of 1,165 white/gold Hurst Olds made, which would put in rarified company among special edition GM products. With just over 100,000 miles, this Hurst edition has clearly been used but it likely has plenty of easy miles left as a Sunday cruiser.

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I love seeing the original dealer stickers on older cars like this. It gives you some sense of the car’s history and what it must have been like when it was sitting on the dealer lot. While the paint is not perfect and you’ll have to figure out the sporadic rough idle issues, this seems like a lot of car for the money. The seller contends the value will rise, but I wouldn’t be concerned with that now – just getting a solid driver for under $5K would be my objective.

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  1. Howard A Member

    I really like this one. H/O’s kind of came and went, and seemed to re-appear when Olds needed a shot in the arm for sales. I read, ’79 ( after a 3 year hiatus) was the 1st year the H/O was made entirely in house, and was the 1st year a 455, or a 4 speed was not offered. I always thought that “his and hers” shifter was extremely sexist. What, women can’t shift gears? I had a couple Olds Cutlasses from this era, and they were great cars. Like the Cosworth Vega, this gave the Cutlass some added pizazz, not that it really needed it. With only 2499 made ( had to be under 2500 for some reason) these, like the Cosworth Vega, are pretty rare. I’m sure, most were trashed. Very cool find. Can’t go wrong here.

  2. 75 W-30 H/O

    If it was black with T-tops or a sunroof, I would be bidding on it.

  3. AMCSTEVE

    There’s an old guy trying to sell one here for yrs now much nicer than this. Can’t get 4K for it.

    • 75 W-30 H/O

      Where are you at? Do you have any more details (color, interior color/material, T-tops/sunroof)?

    • DAN

      where is here?

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      • AMCSTEVE

        Chicago, no I only have seen him at car shows.

  4. Another Bob

    Quite surprised anyone ordered an 8 track in the era of the Cassette. Really find these Gaudy, but probably a nice driving car. I enjoyed my 78 GP.

    • Bryan

      Era of the cassette? Someone forgot to tell detroit! The 8-track may have been far less popular with consumers than the cassette by 1979 but AM/FM 8-track players were still found in most new American cars.

      I own three 1979 models, all with factory 8-tracks: Dodge Magnum GT, Continental Mark V (digital tuning Quadrasonic), and a Chrysler 300 (Cordoba).

      I owned a 1980 Tioga motor home with a factory 8-track player, and my friends parents bought a brand new 1978 Olds Delta 88 and a 1981 Olds Toronado with one. I think GM had stockpiles of them at the time and were putting them in just about everything they produced!

      I’m definitely not a proponent of 8-tracks! I still find it interesting that Detroit kept shoving them in cars so long after their hayday had ceased!

      By the way, the last 8-track released by a major label was Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits in 1988.

  5. JW454

    You may get it a bit cheaper if you go this route.

    http://lynchburg.craigslist.org/cto/5878410642.html

  6. Rock On

    Name of the town is a bit scary, Rustburg!!!

  7. Everett Lanier Member

    I worked at Stoleman Olds in the middle 80s great dealer in Va!

  8. rufus

    What does “his and hers” shifter mean?

    • Rando

      Usually an automatic and the lever goes through a gate to the passenger side for a “manual” shift option for 1,2,3. Instead of just dropping back to D for drive. The side-gated feature usually garnered the “his & hers” label.

      Google hurst olds and you;ll see several – the ultimate was the 83/84 HOs, I guess. My wife’s Suzuki Kazashi has a “his & hers” with shift paddles on the wheel when you move the shifter from drive sideways to “manual” position. Fun sometimes. Like driving a video game. lol

  9. Jim Clark

    Here is another if you want a lower priced option.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1979-Oldsmobile-Cutlass-H-O-W30/272450008721

    • Jesse Mortensen Staff

      Yep, we featured that one a while back. I think you’d be further ahead with this one though.

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