Hurst/Olds A Forgotten Pairing, Rare Car
No phrase spoken conveys more truth about the muscle car mindset than, “more power.” And while that may have been just a catchphrase for fictitious Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor it is rooted in a reality that has shaped the automotive market for decades. Take the Oldsmobile 442; governed by a GM policy stating that no engine topping 400 cubic inches could be installed in their cars, this did not sit well with shifter maker George Hurst. Wanting to add more power to his 442 he swapped out the original 400 on his ’68 for a 455, amazed by the ease and success he added a few other mods and the Hurst/Olds had arrived.
The following year in 1969 the H/O would continue to evolve into the legend it is today. For starters, just about 906 of the ’69 H/O were built with only around half allegedly existing today. And from the switch to a gold/white paint scheme as well as the addition of factory slicks and headers the car could get into a 12-second range, it was built to turn heads at any juncture. Additionally, the H/O was available with all the options of the factory 442 making it a muscle car unlike any of the time. While the over 900 run was a vast increase in production over the prior year for Demmer Engineering, who was in charge of outfitting the cars with the upgrades, it was still a rare and desirable car for the era and today, referred to by the Hurst/Olds Club of America as the “highest profile of all H/Os.”
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