This is the cream of the crop. A real-deal, first-year 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Hurst/Olds, and it\'s the product of a recent and thorough restoration. As you dig into the details, you\'re going to love the possible race history of the big V8.
This car is documented #320 of the 515 original-batch of Hurst/Olds coupes. That makes it true muscle car royalty. Not only were these the big motor juggernauts of the streets, but also they had one of the coolest looks going. So it\'s awesome to find an ultra-low mileage example (averaging less than 325 miles annually) that completed a full restoration in 2018. The Peruvian Silver paint is special to the Toronado, and was only applied to the Cutlass for these special edition cars. So they took extra care in applying it during restoration. It\'s nicely complemented by the black stripe package that outlines both the power bulge in the hood and the curvaceous profile of this Holiday Hardtop. And the black trunk shows off the stylish raised lip of the rear fenders while also looking race-ready. They even have all the details right, like the Hurst badging, black rockers, thin white pinstripe around all the black. This is a truly wide machine meant to truly own the road, and those form-fitting chrome bumpers make it look even more imposing. Hood vents, notched dual exhaust in the rear, and Super Stock II wheels complete this accurate and intimidating package.
Inside is more evidence of a solid investment. The all black interior looks great as it complements the exterior silver as nicely as the stripes do. There\'s an authenticity about the materials used from the pattern on the bucket seats to the trunk mat. The restoration was completed with originality in mind so original pieces were reused to retain the OEM pieces. It really has a time machine quality, right down to the factory AM/FM radio that still cranking out tunes. The factory three-spoke steering wheel has that perfect thin grip for the power steering. Ahead of that, the three round pods house the instruments in a European-like way that makes this Olds feel premium. Plus, these Hurst/Olds machines were truly upmarket with true walnut trim. Of course, because this is a Hurst machine, you got the iconic His & Hers dual gate shifter.
What made the Hurst/Olds a true in-demand marvel of its time was that this was the only intermediate car that broke GM\'s displacement rule. So while the stock 442 has the 400ci motor, these very special cars had the big 455 cubic-inch V8 borrowed from the Toronado. And you\'ll want to dig a little deeper into this one. This 455 shows the right signs to be a block that was used in Oldsmobile racing programs (owner-provided documentation comes with the sale) There is material showing this was powering a Tornado for Pikes Peak and then rebuilt using Mondello parts. This block is believed to be 1 of 7 ever produced for the 1968 Oldsmobile racing team, due to the designated E stamped into the block. The original forged crankshaft was used and it has new forged pistons from Mondello. Oh yeah, this one is hotter than even a standard Hurst/Olds (and we have the cam data to prove it.) The ram air feeds the four-barrel carb to inhale deeply, which passes through the period correct, D heads, and it exhales from the dual exhaust with a terrific muscle car growl. As you look at the undercarriage photos, you\'ll spot a clean look of a well restored car. While your down there, you\'ll also see great driving features like the strong, rebuilt, TH400 three-speed automatic transmission sway bars front & rear, boxed rear arms, and power brakes w/discs up front.
Not only does this come with owner-provided engine history, but also the owner\'s manual, build receipts, and restoration photos. This is a rare Olds with low mileage and a very cool history. It\'s true muscle car royalty, and it\'s up for grabs. Call now!
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