Low Production Project: 1975 Hurst/Olds W-25

Oldsmobile had a partnership with Hurst Performance for several years. That resulted in a series of low production cars built sporadically between 1968-88. For 1975, that included W-25 and W-30 versions based on the then-current Cutlass Supreme. These cars were more show than go as the muscle car era of the previous decade had passed their prime. This 1975 W-25 version looks to have been parked and forgotten long ago and has all sorts of ills, including a lost title. It’s either a major restoration project or a parts car as nothing in the middle makes any sense. Located in Pleasanton, California, this once flashy Oldsmobile is available here on eBay. The bidding is at just $570, there is an unmet reserve, and the Buy It Now price is $2,995.

You had four choices when you ordered one of these cars in 1975. It could come painted black or white and with either a 455 cubic inch V8 (W-30) or a 350 engine (W-25). In total, just 2,535 were assembled that year with 1,342 W-25s (the rest W-30s) and 1,293 being white. But we don’t know how many white W-25s were built, but 25% would be a safe bet. Engine output was severely curtailed by then, with the 455 being good for just 190 hp/350 lb.-ft of torque, while the 350 had 170 hp/275 lb.-ft. The latter applies to the seller’s car.

When new, the seller’s Cutlass was sharp-looking indeed, with its matching vinyl roof and T-tops, a dual gate shifter, and hood louvers. We don’t know why this car was parked or when, but Mother Nature has certainly done a job on it. It hasn’t been started in ages, the doors refuse to open, the hood will not operate, and the automatic transmission is stuck in gear. Along with some flat tires, this car will be a challenge to load up onto a trailer.

The seller believes the paint to be mostly original, along with the W-25 decals. There is an ample supply of surface rust and likely some of it goes deeper than that. There is also a big dent in the passenger side rear quarter panel. The interior is ragged out, from exposure as one window is down, and one T-top is off (but in the back seat). On top of that, the driver’s side swivel seat is broken. For an extra charge, the seller will replace the flat tires and may get the tranny unstuck so it can roll. The title is MIA, but the seller will arrange for a duplicate for $400.

Is it possible the car has just 34,000 miles on it as the seller indicates? Could be depending on when the Olds went into exile. These mid-run Hurst/Olds automobiles (not 1968-72 or 1983-84) don’t seem to command big resale values, so restoring this car is going to get expensive and time-consuming, and might exceed its future value. Would you be better off starting with a nice survivor instead?

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Comments

  1. Moparman Member

    ROFL!!!! I’m sorry, if you can’t say something nice, then….at least all the parts have “stuck” with it!! GLWTA!! :-)

    Like 4
  2. Stevieg Member

    Parts car at best. I wonder if there are any salvageable parts.

    Like 6
  3. Robert

    “The seller believes the paint to be mostly original” … I laughed so hard I fell off the chair when I read that ..

    Like 15
  4. Bick Banter

    Holy moly what a sad mass. Unsalvageable given that mint ones don’t sell for all that much. 20 grand gets you a W25 that’s near perfect? You would have 20 grand into this before you were even ready for paint.

    Like 9
  5. Sam Shive

    It would take $50.00 Labor and a $2.99 can of spray paint just to get the dash vin tag to look good again.

    Like 4
  6. George Mattar

    Why do stupid people let any car get to this ? These are very low production of a great car. The best one in the world couldn’t bring $40,000 at Mecum. Nothing on this car is worth the effort. Stupid stupid people.

    Like 8
  7. Ike Onick

    “For an extra charge, the seller will replace the flat tires and may get the tranny unstuck so it can roll. The title is MIA, but the seller will arrange for a duplicate for $400.”

    Or maybe the seller can just keep it for another 45 years.

    Like 17
  8. stanley kwiecinski

    C4 will move it! poor Olds.

    Like 3
  9. Mike Stephens Staff

    Ended at $630

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    • Bick Banter

      Yup, seller was looking for 3k minimum. First vehicle auction I’ve seen in a couple years that didn’t have money thrown at it. Could this mean a downturn is coming? May be an ominous sign.

      Like 5
  10. Connecticut Mark

    Disgusting

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  11. Ike Onick

    11 Comments. Mission Accomplished.

    Like 1
  12. Abi

    The only thing that really made the difference between this car and a Cutlass Supreme was the console and Hurst shifter, and exposure to the elements have ruined that. It’s a poor parts car at best.

    Like 4
  13. Frank Dusseault

    I will refer to my stand-in comment. I should go to the junk yard with a camera and take pictures of cars that belong in the crusher to see if I can find a Sucker!

    Its 1975, what performance???? The USG with a gas crunch and emissions destroyed tire burning cars. I’m waiting for that day to return and it will.

    E-cars like E-cigarettes will be a expensive hazard to your health.

    Like 5
    • Daniel Soukup

      e- cars run away and leave you in the dust up to a point

  14. David D.

    I have just one question. How many people died when that wreck happened?

    Like 1
  15. PLE

    Glad it’s not a horse, someone would of shot it by now

    Like 1
  16. Don Eladio

    Junk. I know of no Olds guy that would pay more than a few hundred dollars for this. I would refuse this if it was offered to me for free…even if they delivered it.

    Like 2
    • RalleyeRimRay Member

      Hi Don ! I was offered a rusty 1959 Morris Minor Traveller Woody wagon earlier this year for free from a friend whose low life rental tenant left behind in leau of the damaged he had done. My friend got the title for it and offered to me for free and dropped it off in my driveway before I had a chance to say……no. But here it was, I cleaned it up, got it running well, no brakes, but at least it ran. Put it on CL and sold it for $5000.00 with not much effort. Don’t always say no to free-bees I guess…..lol !! More money to spend on my Mopars !! Have a good day !!

      Like 4
  17. Vern

    ”There is an ample supply of surface rust and likely some of it goes deeper than that.” Me staring at a gaping hole near the rear window.
    Was a cool car to have once upon a time, but like others have said, You’ll never have a return on your investment. The demand just isn’t there and won’t be in the future either same goes for 74 75 76 and 77 Corvettes.

    Like 1
  18. Raymond

    That’s part car not worth fixen up to far gone

  19. Gary

    I delivered for BP Oil back in 88-89 and was across the street from ProTeam in Napoleon? Ohio. They had a pretty nice one of these and a white 71-72 Hurst Grand Prix! I never knew they made a GP but have since seen several white GPs and one black one. It was a really nice restoration starting point. I have seen and almost bought several Hurst 300 Chryslers, but the price, even way back when, was to much.

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