For $8,500, What’s The Hurst That Could Happen?

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Before they went belly up, Oldsmobile attempted to cast off the stigma of their previous products with the ad tagline Not your Father’s Oldsmobile. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Olds may actually BE your old man’s Cutlass, but does its price make you say oh man?


Wow, fully 56% of you yesterday asked Y U Nomad Bro, and because you did, our contender custom Chevy Malibu took home a rare Nice Price win. That flame flaunting ride was the third owner-modified car we’ve had this week, and I think that’s enough. Today, we’re going stock or we’re going home. You could in fact actually go home in this rare, and low mileage 1984 Hurst Olds Cutlass, a car that represents the end of traditions for GM.

First off, about the car - the Olds Cutlass Calais “K47” was about the most attractive of GM’s G-bodies, a line that - except for Chevy’s baroque Monte Carlo - was pretty good looking all around. The two-door personal coupe offered sporty long hood/short deck styling, and was made available with a T-top roof in smoke-if-you’ve-got-‘em glass.

The Hurst package, which had long been a staple of the Olds muscle car,s made a reappearance on the ’83 model. That year all the cars were black with silver trim, while the ‘84s - as exemplified here, went silver over black. This one is claimed to have but 40,000 documented miles on it, and seems to be in excellent shape on the outside. All the trim appears intact, and it rides on its original steel SS rallys.

Powering the ’83-’84 Hurst Olds was the company’s solid lifter 307-CID V8. The 307 was topped by a 4BBL - in fact being one of the last 4BBLs used in the company’s cars - and pumped out 180-bhp in H.O. form. How well that moves the car’s 3,550 pounds, even with the factory 3.73s, is open to debate.

What’s not up for conjecture is the fact that backing up the 307 is the Hurst Olds’ claim to fame, a 4-speed OD automatic that is actuated through a unique three-stick Hurst Lightning Rod shifter. The three ball-topped shift levers allow direct actuation of the one-two and two-three shifts, while the third lever grants access to the OD, plus the rest of the PRNDL team. It’s also the last Olds to carry the Hurst name.

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Inside, the Hurst gets a sextet of roundy dials including tach, oil, volt, and temp gauges, in addition to the standard dpeedo and how much gas you’ve got left. Of course, this being an ‘84, the speedometer only meters up to a measly 85 miles per hour- thanks Joan Claybrook. That’s all behind a thin-rimmed two-spoke wheel, while that faces a contrastingly American ass-wide bucket seat. Another of those sits right across the console, and both do recline and go forward and back, but their flat expanse and lack of any other adjustment makes you appreciate just how good modern seats have come to be.

Regardless, it all looks pretty tidy in this particular car, even down to there being a carpet protector on the floor, and one of those nasty steering wheel covers with the holes that catch every piece of filth that can rub off your hands. Ick.

Now, I said we were going bone stock today, and that’s a bit of a lie - sorry Jalops - as this car does come with one major customization, that being ten grand worth of stereo filling the dash and clogging the trunk. This doesn’t appear to be a system designed to let you to get your hipster on by listening to This American Life. Instead, it’s one of those sonic monsters that can loosen your bowls and make your nards do the Harlem Shake with its apocalyptic bass. Plus the underside of the trunklid is mirrored just like the ceiling in your best friend’s mom’s bedroom. Sweet!

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Why someone would pile all that electronica into what is otherwise a clean and rare eighties car that itself is a last vestige of an earlier, less electronic time is beyond me, but I guess you could rip all that shit out and sell it to someone more appreciative. That way you could at least carry a spare.

With only 40K on the clock, and a sound system big enough to impress Skrillex, you might be prepared for some sticker shock when bringing this Hurst Olds to the register, and that will depend on just how shocking you find its $8,500 asking price. That’s less than half what the car listed for when new, and it’s now up to you to determine if that’s deal. What do you think, is this Hurst Olds worth $8,500? Or, for that much, is this not your father’s offspring’s Oldsmobile?

You decide!


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David E. Davis

This one was just like my dad's Olds down to the year, model and color. I would have gladly driven it if he hadn't sold it to my uncle's father. It then got tossed around his family like a cheap whore. Didnt last more than a year or two. One of my uncle's younger brothers turned it into a prezel while racing on the Schuylkill outside of Philadelphia in the early 70's. I get great pleasure giving hom the stick eye anytime I see him.

Hint to the joke: Google Patty Hearst.