Third 1969 Hurst/Olds
Hey, Duane here! Third times the charm?
Old school muscle cars, specifically Hurst/Olds, are my weakness. I owned three H/O over the years, two of which were identical 1969’s.
FIRST 1969 Hurst/Olds
While not one of the cool kids, I purchased a very cool car before my senior year in high school. This first 1969 Hurst/Olds possessed more power than most kids should have access to. It burned rubber and chirped both tires shifting into second gear.
First 1969 Hurst/Olds (1976 photo)
SECOND 1969 Hurst/Olds
Two years later, I purchased an identical 1969 Hurst/Olds while visiting Florida. In nicer condition than mine and featuring factory air conditioning, I drove this unexpected purchase home to Indianapolis. Now I had twin cars.
My original 1969 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.
I kept this second H/O for twenty years and even today it remains my only car bringing me to tears when it sold. I truly loved this car, far more than any other car owned.
Twin 1969 Hurst/Olds (1978 photo)
Third Times the Charm?
Now fast-forward to January 2011, 13 years after selling my second Hurst/Olds. I wanted another 1969 H/O, maybe to relive part of my youth.
There were only 906 Hurst/Olds built in 1969, prepared by Hurst Performance. Their distinctive look featured white exterior with gold stripes, functional ram air hood, and rear deck spoiler. Underneath that racy exterior lurked the 455CI 380-hp V8 engine, automatic transmission, and Hurst dual-gate shifter. The black vinyl bucket seats featured a gold stripe on the head rests. The SHOW matched the GO!
Search for Third 1969 Hurst/Olds
Searching for a specific older vehicle means it may not be found locally. Thus, I bookmarked my favorite collector car websites and visited them regularly, which are linked in the Buy/Sell section of AlluringAutos.com.
The awkward part begins when you find a specific vehicle. Do you drive or fly to personally inspect it? Hire someone in that area to photograph, inspect, and verify its condition. Or assume the risk by purchasing it sight unseen?
THIRD 1969 Hurst/Olds
I found my third 1969 Hurst/Olds in Boston. Matching my requirements and in very good condition, it featured factory air conditioning, under 60k original miles, and an actual mileage title. I evaluated flight prices and flew to Boston. In overall great condition, the seller neglected to mention several minor issues. I agreed to proceed with the purchase because the alternative was to restart the search and inspection process.
Third 1969 Hurst/Olds
This third 1969 H/O fit nicely into my collection, which totaled nine vehicles. Let the memories of youth be relived!
What came next? You’ll have to wait until January 2018 as Alluring Autos takes two Sundays off to enjoy the holidays. Thanks, and always drive with allure!