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Hurst/Olds Project: 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass

Oldsmobile and Hurst Performance teamed up to market the Hurst/Olds, a muscle car that was offered sporadically between 1968 and 1984. Over the duration, more than 16,500 copies would be produced, based on four generations of the mid-size Cutlass Supreme. So that makes any Hurst/Olds found today somewhat rare, even this project from 1983 that has the quirky “Lightning Rod” shifters. Located in Akron, Ohio, the top end of the engine was rebuilt at some point, but the auto needs some cosmetic attention. This project is available here on eBay where the current bid hangs at $7,100.

The Hurst/Olds was an extension of the Oldsmobile 442 (or 4-4-2) which debuted in 1964. They weren’t built every year, just in 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1983, and 1984. The rarest is the ’72 model at 633 copies, while 1983-84 teamed up to account for the most at 3,001 and 3,500 units. The latter two cars were mostly the same except for the color scheme: the ’83 was black with silver and red trim while the ’84 was silver with black and red trim. This ’83 Hurst/Olds was part of the 15th anniversary that Olds and Hurst were celebrating. These cars were noted for the odd triple shifters which are described here.

These end-of-the-line muscle cars used a high-output version of GM’s 307 cubic inch V8. And the rear end was beefed up, too. The car had chrome-plated 15-inch wheels that originally wore Goodyear Eagle GT tires. The seller provides limited information about this edition, other than to say it fires right up and has both new brakes and front suspension pieces. But the electrical system needs some work as not all of the interior functions work.

The body shop will have to spend some time on this car Olds as we see what might be light rust in a few places. And the interior seems very well-used and cluttered at 138,000 miles. No mention is made as to whether the Lightning Rods work as they should. But not only one, but two, videos are provided to help evaluate the condition of this proposed purchase. These are interesting cars that pop up here on Barn Finds from time to time.


  1. Autoworker

    She’s Rough…

    Like 6
  2. C Force

    At $7100 i think it’s hanging a bit high already.The current shape it’s in,could be made into a race car at this point,gut the interior and the engine bay.bringing it back to original condition might cost almost as much.But would be more enjoyable if it were a 12 or 13 sec g-body

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  3. Stan

    🔊 paging Dr. Olds to the E.R 🩺⚰️💊

    Like 7
  4. Steve

    Sorry but the 68 year H/O is the rarest at 515 units produced. This one may have potential, they have been selling high recently.

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  5. Everybody's Got One

    My brother had one of these near Akron. It was also the 75th Anniversary edition. His got a door ding the first time he drove it to work so he garaged it and bought a VW Golf as his daily driver. Know the RedBox? He built it.
    He died in 2003 and the two cars went as a lot in the estate sale. The Hurst/Olds fetched $28,500 at Sotheby’s two months later.

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  6. Ballsdeep

    2000 dollar car max! 🤣

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