Hurst Olds 442 1969
The first Hurst/Olds was the 1968 Hurst/Olds. It shared its body with the
regular Oldsmobile Cutlass and 442, but had a unique Peruvian Silver and
Black paint scheme. The Hurst/Olds was powered by a 390 horsepower W-45 (without
A/C) or W-46 (with A/C) 455 cubic-inch Rocket V8. These engines were
similar to the 400 horsepower W-34 455 engine
offered in the Toronado and the 390 horsepower W-33 455 option
available on the full-sized Delta 88.
The Hurst/Olds returned for the 1969 model year. The biggest change was the
switch from the silver and black paint scheme of '68 to a new Firefrost
gold on white paint scheme. This would be the primary paint scheme for many
Hurst/Olds models of later years. Instead of the dual ram air scoops under
the front bumper that was used in '68 and other ram air '69s, the H/O
received a functional "mailbox" fiberglass hood scoop with H/O 455 on each
side advertising what lurked under the hood. A spoiler was mounted on the
trunk and the car sat on unique 15x7 chrome SSII rims with Goodyear F60x15
Polyglas tires. The exterior was finished off with a pair of English racing
mirrors, H/O emblems on the front fenders and deck lid, blacked out 442
grilles, and black hand-applied pinstripes. All of the '68 and '69 H/Os
were pinstriped by one person. Interior modifications included the same
dual/gate shifter setup as '68 (with different woodgrain), painted gold
stripes on the headrests, and a Hurst/Olds emblem on the glove-box door.
The non-drive train modifications were again done at Demmer Engineering.
Approximately 913 cars were built including 2 convertibles for Hurst
The 455 cubic-inch Rocket V8 received a slightly milder cam and produced
380 horsepower and
500 flbs of torque. This provided better drivability, particularly for air
conditioned cars. The same engine was used for both A/C and non-A/C cars.
The engine received a unique intake manifold, chrome steel valve covers,
and a special vacuum operated air cleaner lid to allow cold air from the
hood scoop into the carburetor. This was backed up by a specially
calibrated code OH turbo 400
transmission and 3.42 gears for non-A/C cars or 3.23 gears for cars with
A/C. Optional 3.91 gears were available only for non-A/C cars.
The Hurst/Olds was temporarily dropped after the 1969 model year because GM
dropped the 400 cubic-inch engine limit for the 1970 model year, Thanks to
69 Hurst/Olds launch
Check out the coolest hoodscoop view ever!! What it's like to see from
INSIDE my car. Listen to that muncie too! Only 3 factory original
convertibles were ever built! (clone, hence the 4 speed). Check out my
132502 / 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst/Olds
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This 1969 Hurst/Olds tribute is an extremely well done car that features a
correct 455 and is priced at about a third of what it would take to build
something like this from the ground up.
A 2007 nut and bolt rotisserie restoration started with a 1969 Oldsmobile
Cutlass and, using correct colors and details, professionally transformed
it into the fine tribute you see here. The straight and clean body was
covered with a basecoat/clearcoat finish that includes correct Cameo White
under correct Firefrost Gold stripes that have been professionally trimmed
in black, just as the original Hurst/Olds were. Up front, grilles borrowed
from the 442 have been completely blacked out just as they were on original
'69 Hurst/Olds. In the middle of those grilles a Firefrost gold stripe with
its surrounding black accents starts where the bumper meets the center of
the nose and runs to the top center of the cars correct 'mail box' hood
scoop which includes correct "H/O 455" decals. The cars sporty profile is
emphasized by correct Hurts/Olds emblems, correct Hurst/Olds rear quarter
decals, correct English racing mirrors and correct Firefrost Gold stripes.
At the rear of the car, dual Hurst/Olds trunk emblems sit below a tall
decklid spoiler that is correctly trimmed at each end with Firefrost Gold
and black pin stripes.
The engine is a correct code 396021F 455 Oldsmobile Rocket block that
sounds meaner than most of the cars in our RK Motors showroom. Turn the key
and a Demon carburetor sucks air through a new correctly decaled chrome air
cleaner and feeds fuel from stainless lines into to an Edelbrock Performer
Oldsmobile 455 aluminum intake. Behind the Demon carburetor, an HEI
distributor feeds fire through Taylor wires which are loomed around
pristine chrome valve covers. Below those valve covers, ceramic coated long
tube headers send Exhaust out through
a true dual Exhaust system. Someone
paid close attention to the details during this cars restoration as the
Cameo White body panels mesh seamlessly with the satin black engine bay and
contrast well to the orange engine block and silver accessories.
The bottom of the car has been over restored to include glossy and spotless
Cameo white on the floor board that contrasts brilliantly with a satin
black frame and drive line that are in excellent shape. A 12 bolt limited
slip rear end and sits behind a correct double A-arm front suspension and
is held in place by a triangulated four link rear suspension. Braking is
provided by correct power drums all around and turning is aided by factory
correct power steering. A turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed transmission sends
power to the rear wheels while Exhaust
flows out of the long tube ceramic headers into a true dual system complete
with a crossover and Flowmaster mufflers. At each corner of the car, 14
inch Oldsmobile stamped style 2 wheels are painted in Firefrost Gold,
trimmed in chrome and feature chrome trim rings, chrome lug nuts and chrome
center caps with red Oldsmobile rocket logos. Wrapped around those SS2
wheels is reliable 225/70/14 BF Goodrich radials.
Inside the car, new vinyl seats sit on new sound deadening insulation and
new carpet that is protected by new mats. Front and rear door panels
feature the same pattern as the seats and are decorated with great looking
chrome and stainless trim pieces. A factory correct short console features
wood grain applique and houses a dual gate chrome Hurst shifter for the
cars TH350. The dash pad shows no signs of sun damage, housing the cars
gauge cluster and chrome vents for the heat and air conditioning. The lower
dash is trimmed in stainless and houses a correct Oldsmobile AM radio with
a courtesy light above the knobs and controls for the heat and air
conditioning. On the passenger's side of the dash you'll find a correct
Hurst/Olds logo attached to the locking glove box and in front of the
driver, a four spoke satin finished steering wheel features a red
Oldsmobile rocket logo.
This 1969 Hurst/Olds tribute is a phenomenal car that could not be
reproduced for three times the asking price.
Information about Oldsmobile V8 engines
In this video I talk about the "late" Oldsmobile V8 and offer tips on how
to identify them by number.
"Late" in this instance means 1964-1990. Early('49-64) Olds engines are an
entirely different block, etc.
Sometimes my info gets a bit twisted when it stays inside my head for a
while, so a correction is that '77-80 heads are 3A, not 4A. 4A heads are
Also, to clarify and avoid confusion, this...7 A is a 350 head, this...7A
is a later 307 head. You can also tell the difference easily by the ports.
Late 307 and 260 ports are half the size of any other versions.
Trivia: The Olds 403 was used in 1977-79 Pontiac Trans-Am's, but not all of
Of note...the engine in the video is painted the incorrect shade of gold,
which appears to be the Krylon generic gold. The proper shade is slightly
darker and less "glitzy"
American Muscle Car - S03E11 - The Hurst Cars
THE AMERICAN MUSCLECAR series brings you the third season, profiling some
of the most influential cars in automotive history:
Chevrolet El Camino & Ford Ranchero
The CoPo Cars
1968-2001 Chevrolet Corvette
Boss 302 & 429 Mustangs
The Saleen Mustangs
The Hurst Cars
The SLP Cars
Dodge Dart GTS