1969 Hurst Oldsmobile 442 Convertible – 3 Made
One of the most successful collaborations between a major car company and a small aftermarket outfit was the deal between Hurst and Oldsmobile. At the time, Oldsmobile was under GM’s ban. This forbade the company from putting engines larger than 400 CID in intermediate cars. However, since Hurst was an independent company, GM rules didn’t apply. Oldsmobile shipped partially disassembled 442s to Hurst, where they installed the biggest engine Oldsmobile had, the mighty 455 V8 with 390 hp (via Street Muscle Mag).
Of course, the Hurst Olds package also got numerous other performance upgrades, ram air induction system, heavy-duty suspension, and brakes. Since the Hurst Olds was a limited-production factory hot rod, it was pretty expensive, and the convertible wasn’t available. But, in 1969, Hurst did produce three convertibles for promotional purposes only.