Is This 1974 Hurst/Olds A Classic Worth Saving? All Barn Finds Are Not Created Equal

Is This 1974 Hurst/Olds A Classic Worth Saving? All Barn Finds Are Not Created Equal

Yes kids, there was a 1974 Hurst/Olds. It was a far cry from the cars that came before it but it was there and available in two flavors. As it so happens the one we found listed on eBay is the wrong one. See, you could order your Hurst Olds with the W-30 package and the 455 or you could order it with the 350. The big “tell”on that is what script is on the fender. If it has the big motor you see the W-30 emblem. If it has the little one, it is the Cutlass name shown. Along with that you get one tail pipe and a sad ham level of power.

The seller is not trying to present this car as something that it isn’t. All of the photos show the condition of the machine, the serious rust issues it has, etc. It got us to wondering if the car is worth saving. Obviously the simple argument is that every old car needs to be saved but is that really the case? There were less than 4,000 of these made in 1974 and while the majority had the crummy engine that this one does, do you care? It wouldn’t be too much trouble to slide the 455 in there with some W-30 badges on the side and make yourself an upgraded clone of the same car.

Hell, this one does not even have a freaking Hurst shifter on it! Other than the white and gold paint, the puffy roof, and some emblems it is pretty much the same damned thing most of the other hundreds of thousands of other Cutlass owners drove that year.

You’d have to be a real Hurst/Olds guy to get into restoring this as a nut and bolt job but if you wanted to get creative we think that there may be some gold in them thar hills!


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9 thoughts on “Is This 1974 Hurst/Olds A Classic Worth Saving? All Barn Finds Are Not Created Equal

  1. jerry z

    The car looks clean but hate to see what’s lurking under the vinyl roof. The rust around the trim is a tell tale sign of trouble ahead.

  2. Arild Guldbrandsen

    It all depends on how much do you want an Hurst Olds ,and how much experience in welding in new body parts..looks like a good complete car,and rust can be fixed like electrical gremlins,or a bad engine.

  3. Big Sky Dreamer

    The Olds version was probably the best of this series of GM cars. You are right – if you swap out the motor, you might as well get a nicer, cheaper start with a regular coupe or a 442 and add some sway bars, etc… fun – the days of the $1500 Camaro that you can drive home are Gone

  4. Gregory Rourke

    No sale at $7900. Inspection sticker shows 2011, seems hardly a barn “find.” Probably worth Cutlass money, but not Hurst/Olds money. Here in the Rust Belt we’d be happy to have this much to start with.

  5. Don

    If it could be bought for the right price then yes it should be saved, but at 8K no. That is way to much for a car like this that needs at least a new roof, or possibly a convertible conversion.

  6. Matt Cramer

    Yeah – I was thinking, “This looks like a good candidate for making into a one of none ’74 Hurst Olds convertible” myself. It looks like it’s in fairly good shape except for the roof.

  7. Anthony

    Its rusty under that top. Looks clean else where. If you are a decent welder it can be done.

  8. Anonny Mouse

    Ever watched the Mopar garbage vehicles that the Graveyard Carz TV show works with on Velocity? There’s sometimes almost nothing left… they start with a roof panel and a few inner structures.

    Gregory’s bang on, compared to those, this car is practically a barn find and even has what appears to be intact, rust free rear quarters (rare on a Colonnade). Easily restored even if this example is not exactly the high point of Hurst vehicles.

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