Lightning Rod Equipped: 1984 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds – Sold?
September 20th Update – While preparing for our latest Malaise Monday feature, we noticed the original listing for this 1984 Hurst/Olds expired. With no new Craigslist ad posted, we’re calling this Olds “Sold!”
Ford’s launch of the 5.0 Liter-powered Mustang GT in 1982 signaled the return of horsepower wars as technology started to catch up with the emissions regulations in place. Oldsmobile entered the race in 1983 and 1984 with the 180 horsepower Hurst/Olds version of its popular rear-wheel-drive Cutlass Supreme. Olds produced a total of 3,500 of these two-door hardtops and number 825 was recently listed for sale on Craigslist in Kunkletown, Pennsylvania by the second owner an asking price of $10,500. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Hurst/Olds priced between the #3 “Good” appraisal of $15,900 and the #4 “Fair” estimate of $9,300.
In an effort to drive more sales back into its dealers, Oldsmobile capitalized on the 15th anniversary of the first Hurst/Olds (offered in 1968) to introduce a modern version based on its G-Body, rear-wheel-drive, Cutlass Supreme. The heart of the package consisted of a console-mounted Hurst Lightning Rod floor shifter. For its 15th Anniversary Edition, the ’83 H/O came only in black with silver rocker panels. Chrome 15″ wheels fitted Goodyear Eagle GT tires, and a power bulge hood and rear spoiler gave the car a purposeful look. Olsmobile engineers fitted a modified version of Oldsmobile’s 307 cubic inch V8 along with 3.73 gears and Hurst’s radical Lightning Rods shifter. Dual exhausts with rumbling mufflers meant there was no mistaking the H/O for a garden variety Cutlass. A new style “Hurst/Olds” emblem was introduced, and red and silver stripes separated the black and silver paint. Demand for the car was very strong. Originally, 2500 units were scheduled to be produced, but Olds had to up that number to 3001 because of high demand. The ’83 version proved to be so successful that Oldsmobile again offered the model for 1984. The non-anniversary ’84 models featured a reversed paint scheme, with silver being the main body color, and black on the rocker panels. In most other respects, the 1984 edition was mechanically identical to 1983 version, although it did receive a stronger 8.5 inch rear end. Oldsmobile produced a total of 3,500 units in 1984.
If you wonder how the Hurst Lightning Rod shifters work, here’s a video posting on YouTube showing them in action:
This Hurst/Olds is an interesting piece that likely looks better in person than the provided pictures indicate. Our understanding is that many of these cars also came equipped with T-Tops, so if you prefer your two-doors in “Slick Top” for, this is the edition for you. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1984 OLDS (HURST EDITION) 2ND owner, have copy of original title , original bill sheet, just turned over 100,000, # 825 of 3500 made. Documented by the Hurst Olds Club of America. Runs great! 10500 or best offer
Lightning rod shifters, 307 hp motor. Interior in great shape. Car is all original. Needs very little TLC.
Don’t need any help to sell the car. No Scams, No shipping, No checks or money orders. CASH IN HAND to by car.“
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