1972 Hurst Olds Indy 500 Pace Car

1 of 631 Hurst/Olds 1972 Indy 500 Pace Car Editions

 

1972 Hurst/Olds Pace Car Production figures.

 

Cutlass Supreme Hardtop Coupe                227

Cutlass Supreme Convertible                      126

Cutlass Supreme Hardtop w/sun roof         277

Wagon                                                              1

                                       Total                      631

 

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HURST PERFORMANCE TEAMED UP WITH OLDSMOBILE AGAIN IN 1972 TO PRODUCE THE THIRD VERSION OF THE HURST/OLDS WHICH IS ALSO THE FEWEST H/O'S PRODUCED IN ANY YEAR.

TO ADD TO THE EXCITEMENT OF THE BEST LOOKING H/O YET, HURST WON THE HONOR TO PROVIDE THE PACE CARS FOR THAT YEARS INDY 500.

OLDSMOBILE BUILT 629 CARS, CONSISTING OF 130 CONVERTIBLES AND 499 HARDTOPS ON SPECIAL ORDER FOR HURST. 

EACH CAR WAS EQUIPPED AS FOLLOWS:

  • CAMEO WHITE WITH WHITE TOP (CONVERTIBLE)
  • BLACK INTERIOR WITH BUCKET SEATS
  • CONSOLE WITH HURST DUAL GATE SHIFTER
  • 455 CU IN “ROCKET” V8 /DUAL EXHAUST AND TRUMPETED TAILPIPES
  • TURBO HYDRO 400
  • 3.23 AXEL RATIO
  • SPORT MIRRORS
  • FORCED AIR INDUCTION HOOD
  • FE2 PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION

HURST OLDS:  This name was assigned to Oldsmobiles that were modified by the Hurst Performance Research Corporation and resold through select Oldsmobile dealer channels. They represent the most powerful production Cutlass available for the model year. They are also the most sought after Cutlass model along with the W-30, W-31 and W-32.

The 1972 Hurst/Olds was actually developed by Hurst Performance, and not Oldsmobile. Due to a tragic accident involving the 1971 Indy Pace car, a Dodge Challenger, the major auto manufacturers were reluctant to provide the pace car for the 1972 Indy race. Hurst Performance stepped up and volunteered to sponsor the 1972 Pace car. Oldsmobile provided the Cutlass Supreme coupe and convertible, and the rest is history. It was the first, and only time, an Indy Pace car was sponsored by a manufacturer other than an automobile manufacturer, and first time to include a major supplier's name in the title. There were a total of 629 made; 130 Convertibles, 220 hardtop with sunroof, and 279 hardtop cars. The only color available was Cameo White with reflective 3M gold stripes that were stickers, not paint. The standard Hurst/Olds engine was a 455 cubic-inch Rocket V8 rated at 270 net horsepower. Optional at extra cost was the W-30 option 455, a blueprinted engine rated at 300 net horsepower. Both engines were mated to a Turbo Hydra-matic 400 transmission with console-mounted Hurst Dual-Gate shifter.

 

However, in the late 1960's, Oldsmobiles were being modified by the Hurst Performance Research Corporation, and re-sold through select Oldsmobile dealer channels. These vehicles became known as Hurst/Olds, and were produced from 1968 through to 1988, though not in every model year. All H/Os were built in Lansing, Michigan.  During a span of 20 years, Hurst Olds were available in 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1988  model years.  Automotive collectors are starting to pay attention to these H/O cars. While the earlier models tend to be the more collectable, the late 70's and 80's models are slowly gaining collector car status.

 

You are bidding on a Hard to Find REAL 1972 Hurst Olds, identified by the W-45 stamped on the engine cowl tag.  Also, all 1972 Hurst Olds were build before the Indianapolis 500 on May 27th, 1972.  This car is a rare NON-AC car from the factory that also has the Dual Gate Shifter and Tic-Toc-Tac.  As you can see in the pics, it has the original W-25 Fiberglass hood with intakes, hood locks, and under hood mesh.  Clear Florida Title registered and collector car insurance.  Mileage is 77664 and by the condition I believe it to be actual.

 

Condition:  Older restoration and as you can see in the pics above, my Hurst Olds is in excellent condition with the exception of the few blemishes I have pointed out in the close up pics.  I have tried to point out all blemishes close up as they do not show up on regular pics.  All chrome and trim pieces are in excellent condition as well as the vinyl exterior graphics.   The interior is also in excellent condition with no rips or tears or cracks.  The only exterior spot that needs attention, is below the rear window as I have pointed out in the pics above.  It looks like an easy fix any body shop would be able to handle.  Overall, a very solid car on the outside and underneath--has been taken care of the last 36 years.

 

Upgrades:  Carb has been upgraded to a Demon 750 and the aluminum intake a  Holley Dominator.  I do not have the original intake or carb.

 

How it Drives:  All I can say is WOW!!  This car is putting out over 400hp and it throws you back into your seat!!  The Hurst runs, drives, shifts, and stops perfect.  It has 4 new tires, new rear shocks, and a new battery.

 

 

 

1970 OLDS 442 W-30 MOTOR RATED AT 370HP / 500 FT/LBS TORQUE!!

Engine:  All 1972 Hurst Olds came with a 455 rocket V8 rated at 270 HP.  What makes my car special is that sometime in the late 1970's the owner changed out the engine and upgraded it with a High Output (10:5 Compression) 1970 Olds 442 W-30 motor.  For those who do not know, 1970 was the height of the Horsepower big block engines, and for Olds the 1970 442 W-30 455 engine was rated at 370hp and 500 foot pounds of torque!!  These were conservative numbers (for insurance reasons) as most put the actual HP at over 400!!!  This makes it the fastest Olds ever built!!  The 1970 442 W-30 motor is identified by the Engine Block Casting "396021-F" on the Heads and I have pointed it out above in the pics.  I have also double checked the engine block vin (30M209265) to verify it is an actual 1970 Block--see below.  As many Olds/442 enthusiasts know, this 1970 442 W-30 engine is rare (3100 built) and alone is worth $$$.

 

Decoding a Big Block 1968-later V-8 Olds Engine (www.442.com)
Have the last six digits of the VIN number, the year of the block, and the assembly plant stamped on the driver's side of the block below the cylinder head. A 2-letter code on the oil filler tube identified the engine.

You can use the VIN derivative number to ID the year. For 1968 and up blocks, this number is located on a pad just below the cylinder head on the front left side of the engine. This number will be stamped on a machined pad on the front driver's side of the block, just below the deck surface. Typically it will be covered with a power steering bracket or something, below the number one spark plug location.

This number should take the form of "30Mxxxxxx" where:

3 = Oldsmobile division.
0 = year of manufacture (8=68, 9=69, 0=70, ..., 4=74, 5=75, 6=76, etc.).
M = location of manufacture (M = Lansing, B=Baltimore, X = Kansas City, Z = Fremont, CA, etc).
xxxxxx = last six digits of VIN of car that motor originally came in (original car's sequential production number).

The letter indicating factory must match the letter in the sixth position of the car's VIN (it should also, of course, match the factory indication on the body data plate - in other words, for a Lansing-built car, the sixth place in the VIN would be an "M", the body data plate should indicate "LAN", and the third place in the engine ID should also be an "M").

 

 

1970 W-30 Authentication (www.442.com):
 
  • Only 3100 W-30's out of 19,330 442's were built in 1970!!!
  • VIN begins 344XXM.
  • Must be a Lansing built car. "M" in the VIN tag.
  • Build date codes include 10B, 10E, 11B, 12A, 2D, 3D. So they were built steadily throughout the year.
  • Red inner fenderwells.
  • No sound deading.
  • Outside Air Induction Hood and Air cleaner.
  • "F" cylinder heads.
  • Q-jet number 7040256 for automatic, 7040258 for manual transmission.
  • W and Z exhaust manifolds.
  • Distributor #1111979.
  • Engine block casting #396021-F (with matching VIN number under #1 plug on block).
  • "F" cylinder heads.
  • Intake will be casting number 406115, with OLDSMOBILE W-455 in raised letters. Some were cast with OLDS W-455, but will have the same 406115 casting number. Some restoration guides don't state this discrepency. Apparently the mold broke near the end of W-30 model production.
  • Boxed lower control arms in the rear.
  • Sway bar.
  • Disc Brakes.
  • OW Transmission.

 

1972 Hurst Olds Authentication:
 

  • W-45 is for the H/O option which replaces the paint code on the body tag.

All H/O paint striping resembles the Indy Pace car color scheme. All were painted Cameo White. The 72 H/O came with Rallye Suspension, dual exhausts, power front disc brakes and a 3:23:1 axle ratio. All were equipped with Turbo-Hydro Matic, shifted through a Hurst Dual Gate Unit.

 

 

 

Collectibility:   The 1972 Hurst Olds is the lowest production Hurst Olds--and the best looking!!!.  Automotive collectors are starting to pay attention to these H/O cars. The earlier models tend to be the more collectable due to being built in the High Horsepower Muscle car era.  I consider these cars currently undervalued, but no where to go but up, especially as Hurst is bringing out a Hurst/Hemi Challenger in 2009 and prototypes will be at this years SEMA Show in November.  For more info see link: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=131266#5

Why am I selling.  I just have too many cars in my stable right now (www.UltimateCarCollection.com) and need to downsize my collection, sorry NO TRADES!!

Overall, these Hurst Olds are the current Muscle car bargain and a lot less than Big Block Chevelle's.  Also, when was the last time you saw one of these at your local car show?