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Which One of These Hurst/Olds Would You Take Home?

Posted August 18, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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A guy walks into a car show’s invitational display building with a pocket full of cash and a craving to buy a Hurst/Olds. He’s immediately greeted by a pristine example of a ’72, a ’74, and an ’84 that represent three different eras of the H/O’s production run…but he can only afford one of them. Which one should he buy? Which one would you buy if you had the opportunity?

This is a hypothetical situation, as the cars aren’t for sale, the guy walking into the Carlisle Expo Center (the location of the inaugural Hurst Nationals this past July 15 and 16) was me, and I likely had just enough money in my pocket to cover lunch at a fast-food joint. The H/Os, however, are quite real.

That thought of which one I’d buy if I could only have one stayed with me through the whole show. Luckily, Jack Hooks of Eastern, Pennsylvania, doesn’t have to make that choice, since he owns all three of these H/Os. In fact, he has an example of each year in his collection that also includes 4-4-2s and other Oldsmobiles.

Reader's choice: which of these marvels is yours for the day?

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08/18/2017 9:11 AM

Not a big fan but I think the G-bodies were the best looking....

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08/18/2017 11:05 AM

I have to agree with you on the looks, the 84 is the better looking of this group. But I would take the 72. By far the lowest produced of these 3 years and by far the most powerful.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldsmobile_Hurst/Olds

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08/21/2017 6:41 PM

Agree. The '72 still had the look before GM went into the Dark Years of automotive design.

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08/18/2017 6:30 PM

Which one would I take home?

Oh wait.. I need a pocket full of cash..

What? It's a hypothetical question and the cars aren't for sale.

In that case I'll take them all.

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08/19/2017 7:22 AM

None of the above. I'd leave and go shopping for a 68 or 69 somewhere else. Post-70 muscle cars... meh.

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08/22/2017 6:44 AM

I'd go for the 1972. The car looks good, but the funny looking landau top. Funny how a 455 ci engine makes 270 hp, then in the late 80's, 270 hp was really good. And today, a 2017 Camry V-6 is just shy of that power.

If I had a choice of any Hurst/Olds, I'd go for the 1969. It has the lower placed chrome bumpers that didn't look so big, like on the mid 70's models and it seems to have and overall better balanced look. I also like those hood scoops and the wing spoiler.

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