In the 1960s George Hurst owned a speed shop and in 1968 one of his engineers, Jack 'Doc' Watson, built him a special Oldsmobile 4-4-2. George was so taken by I lie car he approached Oldsmobile with the idea of building hopped-up cars for them. The result was the Hurst/Olds, and by 1972 the cars were so revered that a convertible was chosen to pace the 56th Indy 500. The pace car was based on the W:J0 model which was fitted with the 455ci (7.4-liter) big-block engine. This had as much as 500lb ft (677Nm) torque in previous tune, though emissions regulations kept it down for 1972, even with the hood's functional cold-air scoops. A special Hurst shifter sat on the TurboHydramatic three-speed gearbox, which kept it lively. Uprated springs and shocks, with front and rear anti-roll bars, gave the Hurst/Olds well-balanced handling. In typical luxury, the hood was power operated.
Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds Specifications
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