The Hurst/Olds is one of the most-sought muscle cars. Even until now, Hurst/Olds are prime targets of classic car collectors, especially since Oldsmobile only built 515 units of them in the first year of production. After sitting in the barn for several decades, this 1968 Hurst/Olds was due to become a stock car. Thankfully, the new owner rescued it in time for some restoration work.
A Rare 1968 Hurst/Olds Classic Muscle Car
Hurst Performance is well-known for its high-action shifters. Hurst’s expertise with gearshifts made it a supplier of choice for many carmakers, including the already defunct Oldsmobile. Prior to 1968, Oldsmobile was already employing Hurst shifters on its cars, including the Cutlass Supreme and 442. Oldsmobile cars with Hurst shifters were so popular that the two companies collaborated to build the Hurst/Olds.
Already surrounded with rust, this 1968 Hurst/Olds — sharing a body with the Oldsmobile Cutlass and 442 — is a definite barn find. Even with the rust, this car is easily identifiable as a 1968 Hurst/Olds since its model year-exclusive paint scheme — a Peruvian Silver exterior finish matched with black stripes — is still visible to the naked eye. It is apparent that to return this car to its condition, Joe, the new owner living in Wisconsin, needs to thoroughly rework the exterior.
A Classic Saved From A Stock Car Future
Auto Archaeology, which featured this 1968 Hurst/Olds on its YouTube channel, remarked that this classic muscle car would have been a true survivor if not for its wrecked quarter panel. Nevertheless, this Hurst/Olds have not survived to this day in this condition if the previous owner might proceeded with the original plan to turn this classic into a stock car.
Ryan Brutt, the Auto Archaeologist, opened the hood of the 1968 Hurst/Olds and found its massive numbers-matching 455-cubic-inch V8 engine sitting idle. The engine, the engine bay and the red fenders remained unmodified with no extra accessories. The V8 engine — which originally delivered 390 hp of max output and 500 lb-ft of peak torque — seemed to be in good condition, although Ryan didn’t start it up during his walkthrough. It would have been great to hear the sound of good old muscles.
Hurst/Olds Is Now Undergoing Restoration
Underneath the rusty hood of this 1968 Hurst/Olds is a numbers-matching tag that proves that this car is a real deal. The car’s pitiful condition inside and out means it badly needs some attention. Thankfully, new owner, Joe, has already commenced a full frame-off restoration for this classic muscle.
Source: Auto Archeology on YouTube
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