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!