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1968 HURST/OLDS 442 COUPE For Sale

*FRONT PAGE FEATURE IN APRIL'S AMERICAN CAR MAGAZINE * One of Only 515 Iconic First-Year Examples produced 455 cid V-8 engine, 390 BHP, single Rochester four-barrel carburettor - Turbo-Hydramatic 400 three-speed automatic transmission. Full restoration, UK Registered, MOT'd and TAX exempt. Loads more pics here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p6jlpj1bthzzkte/AACyoj2JIIhrL858y6YUIlf_a?dl=0 Some history of car: While Oldsmobile launched the American “muscle car” in 1949 with its Rocket V-8 engine powering the lightweight 88, it was not until 1964 that it returned to the concept with its F-85 Cutlass-based 442 package. While performance was competitive with that of Pontiac’s GTO, the 442’s excellent balance quickly drew it praise as “the thinking man’s GTO.” The success of the 442 earned it unique series status within the Oldsmobile model line-up for 1968, a year which also marked a handsome major redesign. While the 442 was hugely capable, it could still be improved, and nobody was better qualified for the job than Jack “Doc” Watson, who was asked to design and build a special “executive hot rod” by George Hurst, president of Hurst-Campbell Inc. Watson, whose many credits included the “Hemi Under Glass” wheelstander and twin-engine “Hurst Hairy Oldsmobile” exhibition car, certainly delivered and created an instant icon. Beginning with a 442, Watson installed Oldsmobile’s new 455 cubic-inch V-8 engine, sidestepping GM’s ban on engines over 400 cubic inches powering its intermediate models. Equipped with Force-Air induction, high performance cylinder heads, a hot camshaft, and specially-machined crankshaft, plus careful ignition and carburettor tuning, the 455 developed 390 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 500 foot pounds of peak torque. Next, Watson continued working his magic with heavy duty underpinnings, a Hurst Dual-Gate shifter allowing full manual control of the modified Turbo 400 automatic transmission, fat Goodyear Polyglas tires, and comprehensive upgrades to the brakes, cooling, and drivetrain. Peruvian Silver paint, black side and hood stripes, and a black rear deck-lid, plus Hurst/Olds scripts and a hand-rubbed walnut instrument panel insert set the vehicle further apart. Hurst was thrilled with Watson’s creation, and when he showed the car to Oldsmobile dealers, requests soon followed. Watson’s friend John Demmer and his son each ordered a Hurst/Olds and Demmer offered to produce a limited run of the special 442s at one of Demmer Engineering’s facilities in Lansing, Michigan, near the Oldsmobile plant. Further meetings between Hurst, Watson, and Oldsmobile management brought distribution through Oldsmobile dealers with the cars retaining their factory warranty coverage. An outstanding performer jam-packed with upscale swagger and the substance to back it up, the Hurst/Olds garnered praise from every magazine tester fortunate enough to experience it. While its staggering acceleration potential was obvious, handling and braking were exceptional to match. Fierce demand, including an 11-car order from one Lansing, Michigan, Olds dealer alone, spurred Hurst/Olds production of 515 cars for 1968, numbering 459 hardtop Holiday Coupes and 56 pillared Sport Coupes, with that year’s run completed in just 40 days. All began life as original 442 models and contrary to official statements at the time, they arrived at Demmer Engineering with their special 455 engines already installed


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YearMakeDescription
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1966 Oldsmobile 1966 Oldsmobile 442 For Sale £64995
1972 Oldsmobile 1972 Oldsmobile 442 , Original Hurst/Olds Convertible For Sale £59900
1967 Oldsmobile 1967 Oldsmobile 442 Muncie 4-speed 400ci V8 350 HP For Sale £49500
1969 Oldsmobile 1969 Original Oldsmobile 442 Automatic Convertible For Sale £47500
1947 Oldsmobile 1947 Oldsmobile 66 540 big block 6-71 blower 1000+HP For Sale £45000
1947 Oldsmobile 1947 Olds 66 bBlown 1000+ HP For Sale £41500
1955 Oldsmobile 1955 OLDSMOBILE 98 STARFIRE For Sale £39995
1960 Oldsmobile 1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic Eighty-Eight 88 Convertible mit Ink For Sale £39500
1970 Oldsmobile 1970 FRAME OFF For Sale £35900
1959 Oldsmobile 1959 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday, 22500 original Miles For Sale £35500
1953 Oldsmobile 1953 Oldsmobile Super 88 Super Holiday Hardtop Coupe For Sale £35100
1953 Oldsmobile 1953 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday Coupe, 303 CID Rocket V8 Engine For Sale £35100
1969 Oldsmobile 1969 oldsmobile 442 convertable For Sale £32650
1962 Oldsmobile 1962 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible For Sale £31600
1956 Oldsmobile 1956 Oldsmobile Holiday 98 Coupe For Sale £29500
1972 Oldsmobile 1972 RESTORED FRAME OFF For Sale £28900
1918 Oldsmobile 1918 Oldsmobile Flathead V8 Touring with 21,000 orig miles!! For Sale £28000
1972 Oldsmobile 1972 Hurst/Olds Indianapolis Pace Car 2dr HT For Sale £28000
1971 Oldsmobile 1971 Oldsmobile 1971 Delta 88 Coupe 22700 miles For Sale £26000
1956 Oldsmobile 1956 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Hardtop Coupe For Sale £25400
1967 Oldsmobile 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe For Sale £24995
1955 Oldsmobile 1955 Oldsmobile supr 88 Hardtop Coupe For Sale £24750
1954 Oldsmobile 1954 oldsmobile delta 88 For Sale £23000
1968 Oldsmobile 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado 2D Coupe For Sale £22800
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