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A Real 1979 Hurst Olds W-30

'79 Cutlass W30

In 1979, there were just 2,499 W-30s built, of those 1,165 came in white and 1,334 in black. All had the gold stripes, gold wheels and a 350 Olds under the hood. This one is listed here on craigslist in St Louis, Missouri for trade for a boat, camper or $4,000.

1979 Hurst Olds Cutlass W30 engine

There is a video of the first start by the present owner of this barn find here. The video is from May of 2015, we don’t know the present condition of the engine though or if any work has been done to it. The owner says “the motor runs and the car moves under its own power”, so hopefully that means it is good to go right now.

1979 Hurst Olds Cutlass W30 int.

The seller states that his daughter inherited this car about 3 years ago and now it’s time to sell or trade. There are more details with the craigslist ad. The owner says that no rodents have been in it and that is good news. The Hurst gated shifter is still present in the car. The floors are showing signs of serious rust, but we don’t see any light coming through yet. Also, the seats will clearly need to be redone, but does anyone know where to find new upholstery for this Olds?

1979 Hurst Olds Cutlass W30 wheels

All the gold wheels are included with this package and the replacement door pictured below.  The driver’s door has been damaged, so having a replacement is a welcome addition.

1979 Hurst Olds Cutlass W30 extra door

The brakes currently aren’t working and there is some rust noted by the seller. The brakes shouldn’t be much of an issue, but the rust and body damage could be more of a problem to address.

1979 Hurst Olds Cutlass W30 left side

The damaged driver’s door and some missing paint are present in the image above. Hopefully the damage is limited to just the door and not the jam or fenders.

1979 Hurst Olds Cutlass W30 right rear

The owner states in the craigslist ad that this is a real W-30 car and he will post more information later.  They were going to restore it, but his daughter wants a convertible, so this car is not getting restored. Do you want to take on this project? Have you been looking for one of the 2,499 W-30 built in ’79?



  1. Kincer Dave Member

    Price a bit too high I think for it’s condition, also rear frame rails tend to rot out on these gm cars. I’d say $2500 or so as long as the frame rails are good.

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    • Dogfoot

      Seller did say OBO, I’m sure he’d take less.

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  2. piper62j

    You’re spot on Dave.. Nice one to dig into, but at a much lower price.. Might be worth a lot more in about 10 years once it’s been restored..

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  3. Doug Towsley

    I have no idea what the value is on these, However this one brings back memories, I had a friend in 1985 who bought one of these. Might have picked it up in Vegas on one of our deployments there (TDY) as Vegas had good deals on used cars, and we had per diem money.
    I Transferred overseas shorly afterwards so lost track of him and the car. This was at Mt. Home AFB in Idaho (366th TFS) circa 1985. None of my gearhead friends had ever heard of or seen one of these and it attracted a lot of attention but that body style wasnt very popular with people i knew. It was the same color scheme as this one. I might still have an old picture of it. I do know the motor would respond well to mods, Stock they were pretty anemic. But is an interesting car and would attract a LOT of attention these days so probably worth it to the right person.

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  4. Rick

    Would be a neat car if you installed one of those high hp GM small block crate motors and a 700R4, or better yet change it over to a manual and put in a 5 speed

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  5. Jason Houston

    This is a $1,200 entry level project car at best. It’s not a true high-performance car, but simply a decorative one. And leave it to some craigslist bonehead to say he’ll “post pictures later” – like he has any real motivation to sell it in the first place. And his daughter wants a convertible. Reminds me of the bottom-feeder who stopped at my house one day and wanted me to sell him my 1952 Sunliner because “he just wants something cheap or his daughter to drive.” Oh, yeah!

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  6. Larry k.

    http://www.hemmings.com/mus/stories/2009/01/01/hmn_buyers_guide1.html You can learn a lot of what you need to know about this car in this article

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  7. Jason Houston

    Hey, I’ve got a boat he might like. It needs a little restoration work, but I’m selling it because I’d rather have a cabin cruiser. It’s a nice, big luxury liner named Andrea Doria, and I have it in cold storage just off the East coast. Wanna swap?

    Bring your trailer!

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    • Doug Towsley

      The Andrea Doria?? Really? You sir are a 1st rate Ass,. very poor taste. You just need to go away. A lot of people died as a result of that wreck. Very unpleasant flame troll. go away.

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      • Jason

        Chill, Doug.

        FYI, 46 people died when the Andrea Doria sank (and I believe a handful more from the boat which rammed it). That’s 3 percent of the number who died on the Titanic. People make passing references to the Titanic all the time.

        Your own obscenities and overreaction have brought this thread down.

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  8. randy

    All I think of when I see one of these is, BARF.

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  9. dj

    This is a low optioned one. Even though it’s one of the 1165 in Cameo white, no power windows and so forth. Now if it had all the power options including the t tops(537 came with that option), I’d consider it at $2500 like above poster.

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  10. Mark S

    The spare door is worse than the original door. It’s way rustier than the pictures let on, this must be one of those left behind the barn finds.

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  11. Doug S

    As a child I grew up with the children of Jack “Doc” Watson I got to see a lot of great cars and he had a good collection of Hurst/Olds. Every time I see a W-30 I think of Jack. RIP

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