Package Deal! 1975 Hurst Oldsmobile Starter Kit

Multiple authorities reading the tea leaves of future collectible cars identify General Motors’ suite of Colonnade coupes as likely “buy low, sell high” opportunities. This advice has been around for nearly a decade, but it’s not too late to get in on the action. Around the dawn of the millennium a nearly perfect ’75 Hurst Olds might have brought $4000, and now they’re at least double that. The 455 cubic inch engine vanished from GM’s mid-sized cars after 1976, and history has shown that anything wearing the word “Hurst” enjoys a value multiplier. Plus these cars look great and offer class and (with tasteful modifications) plenty of fun. Considering those facts, $6500 for this trio of 1975 Cutlasses (one W-30 Hurst, one W-25 Hurst, and one parts car) may represent a tasty Collonnade-era Hurst restoration starter kit. These Kingsburg, California classics await a new owner with sufficient cash and vision here on Fresno, California craigslist. Thanks to reader Pat L. who spotted this Oldsmobile Trifecta.

This black 1975 Hurst Oldsmobile W-30 features the 455 cubic inch V8, Hurst shifter, and T-tops. The seller warns of rusty floor boards but claims it’s 100% complete (some parts removed for safe keeping) and it runs. Luckily no one pitched the original steel wheels and trim rings. Some enthusiasts would prefer the smaller bumpers of the ’73 Cutlass, but these are sharp looking cars even with the later bumpers.

Only a phone call or other inquiry could answer whether the claim of “100% complete” extends to the original air cleaner housing, valve covers, air conditioning compressor and brackets, hoses, smog equipment, and other engine compartment parts.

Usually the first thing to vanish from these cars is the console and Hurst shifter, so its presence offers some reassurance that other Hurst-specific items may have survived. The two-tone interior would have been sharp with the black paint and gold accents. Some parts are reproduced for these cars, but not nearly as many as earlier muscle cars.

This 1975 Hurst Oldsmobile W-25 featured the 350 cubic inch engine, and the seller claims this one was “balanced and blueprinted many years ago.” Water trapped under the vinyl landau roof clearly took its toll and the seller reports rust in the rear window frame, plus what you see behind the T-tops. The seller said this Cutlass is also 100% complete with some parts removed for restoration. It runs too!

Any wise buyer will validate the Hurst provenance of both cars, and note which hard-to-find or expensive parts are missing or damaged beyond repair. Online resources like these excellent pages at hurstolds.com and hemmings.com offer details to distinguish a W-25 from other 350-equipped cars. For example I didn’t think a W-25 could have been ordered with a red dashboard.

At one time you could visit any neighborhood in America and, with nearly 100% certainty, witness at least one Cutlass of this era. This Grandma-Tan 1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass parts car features solid metal and a 350 cid V8. The cars are priced individually or simply buy all three for $6,500. Years ago I read a similar listing for three Chevrolet El Caminos with the line “Enough here to make you one good El Camino!” In this case there might be enough here to get you started on two decent Hurst Oldsmobiles. What do you think of this package deal?

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Comments

  1. 68custom

    and people wonder why I hate t-tops! my buddy had a 73-442 with a 350 and 4 speed it was a sweet car. another friend had a 75 H/O w-30 which hauled ass! price seems fair but I would be inclined to create a non-t-top H/Olds if it was me…

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    • Benjamin Baldwin

      Instant rust, I bought the W30 in this post, the T-Tops are siliconed in😂 front pans are Flintstoned.

  2. Jack M.

    I don’t claim to be an Oldsmobile expert, but I doubt that the air cleaner on this car is factory stock. Due to emissions regulations in 1974 , I believe the best that you could get was a dual snorkel.

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    • Henry Drake

      Seller says some parts removed by he still has them. The is certainly no stock air cleaner.

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  3. Henry Drake

    If Ransom Eli Olds were alive, seeing this mess would kill him.

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  4. FordGuy1972 Fordguy1972 Member

    Never cared for the colonnade styling, I always thought it particularly unattractive. However many of these three you would want to bring back, the cost would probably not justify it in the end results.

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  5. Maestro1

    If I had the room I would take this on, and elect the black car for restoration. All three would be a great parts source. Thanks for this.

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  6. Steve

    my 76 , 455 would smoke the tires as long as you held the pedal down and then grab 2nd with another chirp. T tops and all, loved that car and like a fool sold it for a 74 260Z..those were the days, we thought they’d never end…

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  7. Jose Delgadillo

    Those days have ended, but I’m trying to enjoy these days, the second time around! There won’t be a third act.

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  8. Benjamin Baldwin

    Thank you for this posting, I have owned the W-30 pictured CA plate NCA149 since 2019, bought from the guy in Fresno. I just spoke with him last week and the W-25 and parts car were sold to someone In LA.

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    • Todd Fitch Staff

      Hello Benjamin – thanks for the update! We’d love to see some pictures – what is the car’s current state?

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      • Ben

        Currently it is just as pictured it needs restoration, it does run so i can move it as needed. There are a few things I’ve been hunting for, stainless H/O roof trim, motor minder, led console tach. The rear interior plastics and other deteriorated plastics I’ll most likely have to fab when i get there. I have no plans in taking anything apart until I gather more parts for this resto.

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