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Hurst/Olds is back in 1975 and offering for the first time in any General Motors product the “Hurst Hatch”-a removable “T” roof in a coupe style based on the slightly stogie Cutlass Supreme roof line  rather than the “Cutlass S“ with a sportier fast back styling. The earliest units with this “T roof” have a difficult problem of water leaks (“problematic” is how Olds described it) and were recalled twice for revisions of the glass and the rubber seals. The Hurst/Olds in ’75 comes in white or black with a correspondingly colored half vinyl roof which is separated from the metal roof body by a wide aluminum band. Mounted louvers are in the hoods center and pin striping adorns the hood, sides, exterior mirrors, and the trunk lid as well as the Super Stock III Oldsmobile 15”x7” rims are a shade of gold. The power choices are a 350 W-25 engine or the W-30, which is still available, the 455. For your exhaust system is a now mandatory catalytic converter; consequently the stock Hurst/Olds models have only one tail pipe this year. In the passenger compartment sports revised door panels and reversing, vinyl velour cushions on the seat portion and back of the buckets. The color coordinated interior comes with white seats and the rest of the inside is shades of black.

Hurst Olds 1983 or 84© Raytags | Dreamstime.com – Oldsmobile Hurst Photo

There is a three years time lapse until an all new Hurst/Olds for 1979 is marketed with it now based on the Cutlass Calais coupe, and this time built entirely on the assembly line at the Oldsmobile Division and has received the moniker of the W-30. The Hurst Duel Gate shifter is included on the Oldsmobile 5.7 liter (350 CID) V8 engine but the 455 is no longer a power option.  EPA regulations allow the 350 engine as long as Oldsmobile would produce no more than 2,500 units of the W-30 and by the end of the year there had been actually 2,499 units made. None of them were equipped with a four speed standard; the regulations allowed for the already certified TH-350 transmission only. The same W-30 car was produced as an Olds 442 in 1980 but without the Hurst duel gate stick and a slightly different headlight setup.

The trim package for the interior has more goodies offered than ever before. The color choice for paint is black or white with either color highlighted by the gold pin striping, gold trim, and gold painted aluminum rims.

The Hurst/Olds is again offered in the 1983 year model and released as the 15th anniversary Limited Edition sporting a new Hurst/Olds logo. The car is available in black only with silver colored rockers with red striping to contrast with the body and the chromed rims are fitted with Goodyear GT tires. The ’83 has a power bulge in the hood and carries a rear spoiler giving this car a down to business look. The model introduces the cutting edge Hurst Lightning Rod floor mounted shifter to change the transmission with 3.73 gears. The modified Oldsmobile 307 CID V8 power plant is equipped with duel exhaust pipes and includes special mufflers giving the engine a distinctive rumble. There is no way anyone could mistake the Hurst/Olds for your basic Cutlass.

Popular demand brings Hurst/Olds back on the sales floor for 1984 and the only things different from last year is now the paint is reversed with the body paint silver and the rockers black; also the rear end is beefed up with a stronger 8.5” version.

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