This original 1968 Oldsmobile Hurst is a prime example of a classic car discovered in a barn


The Hurst/Olds is one of the most sought after muscle cars. Even so far, Hurst/Olds are the main targets of classic car collectors, especially since Oldsmobile only built 515 units in the first year of production. After sitting in the barn for several decades, this 1968 Hurst/Olds was to become a stock car. Fortunately, the new owner saved it in time for restoration work.

A rare classic 1968 Hurst/Olds muscle car

Hurst Performance is well known for its high action shifters. Hurst’s shifting expertise made them a supplier of choice for many automakers, including the already defunct Oldsmobile. Prior to 1968, Oldsmobile was already using Hurst shifters on its cars, including the Cutlass Supreme and 442. Oldsmobile cars with Hurst shifters were so popular that the two companies collaborated to build the Hurst/Olds.

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Already shrouded in rust, this 1968 Hurst/Olds – sharing bodywork with the Oldsmobile Cutlass and 442 – is a definite barn find. Even with the rust, this car is easily identifiable as a 1968 Hurst/Olds since its model-year-exclusive paint scheme – a Peruvian silver exterior finish with black pinstriping – is still visible to the naked eye. It is obvious that to restore this car to its state, Joe, the new owner living in Wisconsin, must rework the exterior in depth.

A classic saved from a stock-car future

1968 Hurst Olds engine
Via Auto Archeology on YouTube

Auto Archaeology, which featured this 1968 Hurst/Olds on its YouTube channel, noted that this classic muscle car would have been a true survivor had it not been for its wrecked quarter panel. Nevertheless, this Hurst/Olds might not have survived to this day in this condition had the previous owner continued with the original plan to turn this classic into a production car.

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Automotive archaeologist Ryan Brutt opened the hood of the 1968 Hurst/Olds to find that its 455 cubic inch V8 engine, matching the massive numbers, was idle. The engine, engine compartment and red fenders remained unchanged without additional accessories. The V8 engine – which originally delivered 390 hp of peak power and 500 lb-ft of peak torque – appeared to be in good condition, although Ryan did not start it when he visited. It would have been great to hear the sound of good old muscle.

Hurst/Olds is currently being restored

1968 Hurst Olds Restoration
Via Auto Archeology on YouTube

Under the rusted hood of this 1968 Hurst/Olds is a number matching tag that proves this car is the real deal. The pitiful condition of the car inside and out means it really needs some attention. Luckily, new owner Joe has already begun a full frameless restoration for this classic muscle.

Source: Auto Archeology on YouTube

1972 Oldsmobile 442 W30 front quarter
Original numbers matching 1972 Oldsmobile 442 W30 X code appear ready for restoration

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