Identical-Twin Hurst/Olds

Identical-Twin Hurst/Olds

Hey, Duane here! Are twin cars better than one? I loved my second car, a 1969 Hurst/Olds, so much that a couple of years later at age 19 I purchased an identical one. A duplicate of the first.

All 906 of the 1969 Hurst/Olds created by the Hurst performance company looked alike. They all were white with gold stripes and featured ram air hood scoops, 380hp 455CI engine, automatic transmission, and Hurst dual-gate shifter. Squealing both tires under full acceleration, they chirped shifting into second gear. And that muscular V8 engine with dual exhaust sounded great driving down the road.

Florida Surprise

My sister and I had flown to Florida to see our mom during the summer of 1978. I was passing time by reading the classified section of the local newspaper. To my surprise, there was a 1969 Hurst/Olds for sale. Mom suggested that we see the advertised car after spending the afternoon sightseeing in that touristy area.

I called the seller and became more excited. It sounded nicer than mine AND it featured factory air conditioning, mine did not. After inspecting the car, my father agreed to loan me money to purchase it. He wired the money; I bought the car and drove it home. 1000 miles averaging 12 mpg on premium fuel. Gas was cheaper in 1978.

Two 1969 Hurst/Olds in a row
Twin 1969 Hurst/Olds (scan of 1978 photo)

This newly purchased H/O was indeed identical to my original one. Now I had twin cars at home, and I parked them side-by-side to snap a few pictures. The one from Florida had a few more miles but was in nicer condition. My original one showed early signs of having been driven in Detroit winters. Small rust spots had appeared behind the front wheels and along the edge of the trunk. The one from Florida had no such visible rust.

Each morning I’d decide which 1969 Hurst/Olds to drive. I was also preparing the original H/O for sale and switched a couple of components to the new one. The original H/O eventually sold to a guy from a neighboring state, and I initially stumbled when asked why I was selling it. He was shocked when I commented later that I had an identical one parked in the garage.

Soon I would begin my sophomore year at college. The H/O from Florida was too nice to drive year-round so I developed a plan. I had a few dollars saved and decided to buy an additional car, a cheap one to drive as a bad-weather car while I kept the H/O garaged. That plan allowed me to keep the pristine H/O for the next 19 ½ years.

Next week meet the “bad-weather” car. It was anything but suitable for bad weather. Thanks, and always drive with allure!

Two 1969 Hurst/Olds, front view
Twin 1969 Hurst/Olds (a friend pictured)

Two 1969 Hurst/Olds, front and rear view
Twin 1969 Hurst/Olds (scan of 1978 photo)

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