1968 Hurst Olds NHRA
1968 Hurst Olds NHRA
This 1968 Hurst Olds is 1 of 515 produced in 1968 by Hurst and believed to be 1 of 162 left in existence. The 1968 Hurst Olds was the first of many Hurst Olds that were created and it is believed that this particular Hurst Olds was raced by its original owner in NHRA competition. It is equipped with a period correct 455 engine and turbo-hydramatic transmission that is shifted by an authentic Hurst Dual Gate shifter. This 1968 Hurst Olds has undergone a complete frame off nut and bolt restoration that was completed in 2008. It is complete with a copy of the build sheet, a Demer report, and documented ownership history. However you look at this 1968 Hurst Olds, it is a low production muscle car. Mecum Auctions listed this car and this is what they had to say about it.
Oldsmobile stylists successfully interpreted the new A-body platform that debuted for 1968, and while the 442’s performance matched that of other divisional muscle-car offerings, it was not enough for speed equipment manufacturer and showman extraordinaire George Hurst, who arrived to break the performance logjam created by GM management’s limitation on displacement.
Hurst’s director of research, Jack “Doc” Watson, had gifted him a custom-built 1968 442 packing a Toronado-sourced 455 CI engine. Hurst presented the car to Oldsmobile management and proposed building copies at his Lansing, Michigan, facility, thus bypassing corporate limits to produce a limited-edition 442 with the largest engine of any muscle car in the world. The 1968 Hurst Olds featured a warmed-over Force Air version of the 455 rated at 390 HP and 500 lb-ft of torque, a Hurst Dual Gate-shifted 400 Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission, performance suspension, every luxury option available and special Peruvian Silver paint with black accents. Over 3,000 orders poured in to Olds dealers, but Hurst was only able to produce just 515.
This 1968 Hurst Olds, one of only 162 believed to exist today, was sold new at renowned Ohio Oldsmobile performance dealer Chesrown Olds, and is believed to have been raced in NHRA competition by its first owner. This 1968 Hurst Olds is a recipient of a comprehensive frame-off nut-and-bolt restoration completed in approximately 2008, it is authentic and correct in nearly every detail, including correct paint, G70-15 Firestone Wide Ovals on Olds Rallye wheels and the mostly original black interior. It incorporates a period-correct O21F-coded 455 block with correct components including D-code heads, Force Air ducting, scoops and air cleaner and more, all documented with photographs of the restoration and itemization of part numbers and codes. Documentation for this outstanding and very rare first-year Hurst/Olds also includes a Demer Report, a copy of the factory build sheet and ownership history.