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Rusty But Rad: 1974 Hurst/Olds Project

While it may look pretty sad at present, this 1974 Cutlass Hurst appears to have quite solid bones which may make it a candidate for a restoration project. It has been sitting for more than 20 years but has been brought back to life, and the seller is ready to move it on to a new owner. You will find it listed for sale here on eBay. Located in Emerson, New Jersey, it is being offered with a Bill of Sale. The opening bid on the Cutlass has been set at $3,500.

Yes, there is obviously some rust to deal with, but what we see here is claimed to be the worst of it. The seller states that the floors are solid except for a dime-sized hole in the rear floor. He says that both rear quarter panels will need to be replaced, but the remainder of the rust is surface corrosion. For some reason, several of the photos in the ad won’t open. This is unfortunate as at least one of those appears to be a shot of the trunk floor, so we’ll need to take the seller’s word on the state of the floors.

By and large, the interior of the Cutlass is actually quite good. The driver’s seat will require a new cover, but the dash is free of cracks, the headliner is free of tears, and the rear seat looks to be in good condition. There are a couple of small tears in the bottoms of the door trims, and I would probably look at replacing the carpet. The car does feature one of those options that I think is really cool, as it is fitted with swivel front seats.

There may be a shot of the engine in the ad, but this appears to be among the photos that won’t open. The engine is the 350ci V8 backed by an automatic transmission. The car runs now that the engine has been checked over and all of the fluids have been replaced. The brakes have also been checked and are working. There are a few mechanical issues that will need to be addressed. The master cylinder has a slow fluid leak, so will need to be attended to, and an o-ring in the power steering is also leaking.

If the floors and frame of this Oldsmobile are as solid as the owner claims, then what you are looking at is a solid car with the visible rust being its major issue. The car will require new quarter panels, fresh paint, and a new vinyl top. It will be interesting to see what the car finally sells for because with ’74 models of this spec achieving prices of $21,000 plus, it could make a very viable project car.


  1. Maestro1

    Adam, thank you for this. I wold stop at $3000.00 because there’s substantial body work and the roof needs attention, apart from the mechanicals you mention.
    I’d like to think that $10,000.00 would make this very decent with all defects attended to and then one is in the car about $13,000.00. It sounds low but that might do the trick. I am across the Country from it and transport plus acquisition aren’t realistic from here, even if I had the room. But they are unusual cars and someone should jump on it.

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  2. Al_Bundy John m leyshon Member

    I like how you can set the cruise control, swivel the seat 90 degrees, air your feet out while the car drives itself !

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  3. John

    Could be a nice cruiser, but not an
    H/O though cause no H/O badges showing still cool . I had a 74 salon w/a 455 ,400 turbo motor and trans. I currently have a 72 supreme that’s a work in progress my first car was a 72 supreme w/ buckets and console and I had a 71 supreme for a few years as well. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the best time for muscle cars. Back in the day Chevelle’s, Camaros , goats, stangs, challengers, and cudas were a dime a dozen. That’s why I liked the Oldsmobiles they were just a little different, a little more class. So here we are 35 years later and yeah this is your Daddy’s Oldsmobile….💀

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  4. jltharp1@yahoo.com

    I have only seen the W30 455 cars bring that kind of money . The 350 cars are great cars but do not bring that much . Been trying to sell this one for quite some time now . 14k if anyone interested .

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  5. JBD

    Rusty Hulk! Not even a better year of H/O.
    It is a crying shame! Maybe someone with deep pockets can save it?

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  6. mainlymuscle

    These are great looking Oldsmobiles,but you can buy the best in the world for mid 20’s.Unless Maestro1 is doing the work,this one is 50-60 thousand dollars from being that nice .

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  7. PRA4SNW

    All of the pictures opened for me.

    I would say that the seller is representing the car pretty accurately.

    Not sure many people will agree on his price.

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  8. Superdessucke

    A lot of the justification for the CUV craze is that baby boomers (and to be fair probably a lot of younger but out of shape Americans) are too fat and weak kneed to get into regular cars.

    So maybe it’s time to bring the swivel buckets back? Then you could just kind of fall into the car and then swivel around. Easy on the knees.

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  9. jeff griggs

    hi im the owner of the car it is as I said solid floors etc I have pictures of the engine and trunk area if someone is truly interested, I don’t think 3500 is a lot of a rare olds being said ,if someone is interested do not hesitate to reach out to me thankyou

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  10. stillrunners

    Buddy bought a black one new…..always garaged and at his dad’s shop as we write.

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