Welcome to Breakfast for Dinner. This is almost the opposite of Biscuits and Crazy. You’ll get random history and such related to cars that I should have to convince you NOT to buy.
That’s where this awesome Oldsmobile comes in. Generally, the 1980s are considered by many to be a lost decade for American cars, save for a few special examples (Buick Grand National, I’m looking at you). While this isn’t a turbo Buick, this is a VERY fine looking example of another of its G-body platform mates, the 1983 Hurst/Olds Cutlass.
Introduced in 1982 for the ’83 model year, these cars marked the 15th anniversary of the original Hurst/Olds which debuted in 1968. Hurst put in a special “Lightning Rod” shifter for these cars, which is, in my opinion, the coolest part about the entire interior.
As you can see, there are three rods that control the shifting of the 4-speed automatic trans. How does that work, you ask? It’s really quite simple, as youtube user ho3shifts explains in his video below.
Sure, the Lightning Rods are wholly unnecessary, but they’re cool – and rare. Only 3001 1983 Hurst/Olds were produced. That was going to be the entire production run, but the demand was so strong that GM decided to produce the cars for another year. For ’84, they inverted the color scheme, making the cars silver over black with the same red dividing stripe. There were 3500 units produced in ’84, and they all came with a stronger 8.5” rear axle and revised front grilles, but for me, the ’83 wins out because of the color scheme.
The Hurst/Olds came with a high output version of the Oldsmobile 307 small block indicated by a “9” in the VIN that gave them slightly more performance than their typical 140 horsepower 307 powered cousins. Sure, they’re not fast by today’s standards, but you could do what my father did when I was younger to his ’84 Cutlass and drop a 455 big block under the hood of a G-body Cutlass, should you so choose.
The cars also came with nicer wheels than the standard Cutlass, and were outfitted with a full gauge package, and gorgeous red interior. You could also order your Hurst/Olds with T-tops, like the one in this particular ad. The car in the ad claims to only have 41,000 original miles. If that’s the case, you could buy this car today and have a piece of 1980s car history that ISN’T a total abortion and disappointment. What’s not to like?
These G-body Cutlasses have a special place in my heart. The one my father had single-handedly sparked my automotive obsession. Someday, I will own one, Hurst/Olds or not. Or both. Whatever the case may be, you should buy this car!