Striking junkyard gold with a 1979 W-30 Hurst/Olds. What's an unmistakable Oldsmobile beauty doing in a place like this? It's like seeing a tramp stamp (lower back tattoo) peeking out above the skirt on the preacher's daughter. On Easter Sunday, no less. Somebody needs to respect this car's rare lineage, made possible by 'Doc' Watson, "father" of the Hurst/Oldsmobile. I know it's hard to look away when you see things you shouldn't see, especially in certain places. I'm not talking about the tattoo.
Thirty-two years and an untold number of abusive owners rode roughshod in this '79 Hurst/Olds. Looking at the aftermath of such neglect is shameful to H/O owners everywhere.
|1979 Hurst/Olds rocket has landed in an Alabama junkyard.|
|W-30 Olds contour reclining front bucket seats have spilled their guts.|
Why limited production of Hurst/Olds?
|537 H/O Cutlasses were equipped with Hurst Hatch roof panels in 1979. This one was not.|
How rare are Hurst/Olds?
|Squared-off Cutlass header panel remained until a redesign in 1981 introduced the shovel-nosed grille.|
|Junkyard scavengers, Ron Kidd and Anthony Powell, bench race the specs of the battered '79 W-30 Hurst/Olds.|
|97,081 miles on the odometer of this junkyard 1979 Hurst/Olds. Dig the push button cruise control switch (lower left) on the dash?|
|1979 Hurst/Olds were factory equipped with Goodyear 205/70R14 tires.|
|Rallye cluster gauge option found on all 1979 Hurst/Olds.|
|Would-be drag racers hammered away on the right lane of the Hurst/Olds Dual Gate automatic shifter without fear of slamming the tranny into reverse at 50 MPH. Been there, done that.|
|W-30 is the engine option code for Hurst equipped Oldsmobiles.|
|Hurst/Olds "H/O" sail panel emblems have been peeled away.|
|1979 Hurst/Olds featured 14 X 6 inch (N78 option) gold painted cast aluminum sport wheels. These wheels were offered in 1978 but weren't gold.|
|Rocket emblems were black on all 1979 Hurst/Olds, red on all other Cutlasses. This detail may confirm your Olds is in fact a W-30 Hurst/Olds.|