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1979 Hurst Olds Information
79 Hurst Olds

Total Production:

Base Body:
Cutlass Calais

Hurst Option Price:

Body Colors:
Ebony Black w/gold trim (1334 H/Os)
Cameo white w/gold trim (1165 H/Os)
537 came w/Hurst Hatch T-Tops

Engine Options:
The W-30 engine was a Oldsmobile 350 V-8 (the only GM A-body to have a 350 in '79)

170 HP
275 lb/ft Torque

M-38 T-350 automatic

Differential Ratios:
Cars for 49 states had a 2.73:1 rear gears w/Posi-traction optional.
California cars came with the 2.56:1 gears.

Hurst Standard Options:
Aluminum wheels (gold)
Twin sport mirrors
P205/70R14 white lettered tires
Digital clock
Power Brakes and Steering
Hood and header panel rocket emblems were black not red
Hurst Dual/Gate shifter
Options from the K47 Calais Coupe included:
Reclining bucket seats
Rallye gauge package
Handling Package
Sport steering wheel
Bright rocket panel molding, wheel opening molding
Emblems on header panel are black, instead of the standard Cutlass red emblems

Additional Hurst Options:
T-Tops and anything else available on the Calais

The VIN will be 3K47R9M+6 digit serial number

This H/O was built by Oldsmobile at the Lansing plant and didn't get sent off for additional work at Hurst Performance Products or Cars and Concepts. For this reason, there would be no possible loophole around the then current EPA regulations. In part and summary, those regulations stated that as long as an engine/transmission combination had been certified in any production model for that year, the same combination could be used in any other model that the factory desired, so long as less than 2,500 were produced. If 2,500 or more were built, the engine/transmission combination had to be certified specifically in that particular model. The "R" code Olds 350 engine in combination with the TH-350 transmission had already been certified in the 88 models for 1979, so legally that same combination could also be used in the Cutlass body without specific certification as long as less than 2,500 were built. That's why 2,499 1979 Hurst/Oldsmobile's were produced. Now, there were no 350/4 speed combinations already certified by Oldsmobile in 1979, so certification would have been necessary.

Last year for Hurst Dual/Gate Shifter.

The Hurst wheels were actually an Oldsmobile factory aluminum wheel that was available on the 1978 Cutlass'. The Hursts wheels were painted gold.

The Hurst Dual/Gate Shifter other wise know as the "his and hers shifter". The dual shift patterns provied the ultimate in street/strip control. It was strictly automatic on the left side and as precise as a fuly sychronized manual control on the right side. Hurst postive latching mechanism and neutral lock-out takes the guess work out of chaning gears, up or down. There is no chance of overshifting into neutral and mabey blowing an engine. You could be as shiftless of as entergetic as one might like. You can rely onthe brain below the foorboard or trust your own reflexes. The lady of you life could drive automaticlly, while you remail boss of the block with the manual control. The Hurst Dual/Gate shifter came with a lifetime guarantee.

Oldsmobile could have produced another 2,499 "Super" Hurst Olds with the 403 engine & with the TH-350 transmission had already been certified in both the 88 and the 98 models. So legally they could have produced 2,499 H/O.

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