Roar of the Rocket s and the amazing Hurst Olds 442

The 1969 Hurst Olds 442 is one of the more desirable muscle cars from the 1960s. Both featured 455-inch Rocket V8s with 390 horsepower. Only 515 were built in 1968 and 906 were assembled in 1969. This 1969 came only in white and gold, while the 1968 featured a black and silver motif.

Q: Greg, I loved your new Plymouth “Gone but under no circumstances forgotten” element that appeared in our newspaper and its internet site. I’m pondering if you could do a identical tale on the Oldsmobile, a further top rated model that is no longer obtainable. Did you ever personal one particular? Why did Standard Motors drop the Oldsmobile? How about its affect in the racing world? How about the Hurst Olds 442? Sorry for all the queries in one letter. Many thanks for thinking about my letter.

– George L., St. Augustine, Florida

A: George, many thanks for your kind words and let us get to your issues. Ransom Olds established the Olds Motor Automobile Organization in 1897 and during its heralded 107-calendar year history, 35.2 million cars and trucks ended up constructed.

Common Motors dropped the Oldsmobile primarily for the reason that of declining revenue back in 2004. Also, another motive was the Olds, Pontiac and Chevy ended up all sharing mechanical platforms with distinctive exterior motifs. So if you bought an Olds Alero, it was identical to the Pontiac Grand Am and Chevy Malibu. The very same issue happened with Ford when it dropped its Mercury line and also at Chrysler, when the Plymouth was deleted from its core design offerings. Olds was the 1st product GM dropped, with Pontiac shortly to abide by in 2010.