Lightning Rods: 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst/Olds

In 1968 the first major Hurst/Oldsmobile collaboration vehicle started with a big block powered version of the Oldsmobile Cutlass 442. The final Hurst/Olds built in 1983-84 on the Oldsmobile Cutlass platform was slightly less of a performer, but it came with the wicked Lightning Rod floor mounted shifter that has confused passengers and stifled make out sessions over the years. The main PRND shifter operates as you would expect, but the 2nd and 3rd allow an appropriately trained driver to select 1st or 2nd gear and ‘bang’ it into the next gear. See this youtube video for a thorough explanation of the Lightning Rod in action. And then buy this 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst/Olds bidding for $12,100 in Bryan, TX with a few days to go via eBay.

From the seller:

For Sale: All original 1984 Hurst/Olds, Silver, T-Tops, Hurst Lightning Rods Shifter, Rear Spoiler, Extras

Starting bid: $500 with reserve.

(not a Cutlass or 442, eBay forced this category, does not recognize Hurst Olds)

DESCRIPTION: Silver exterior, burgundy seat interior and dash and carpet. T-tops and rear spoiler. No rips or tears in the seats, they look very good, perhaps a bit faded. This year the H/O package included the 5.0 L 307 cu. in. Olds V8 engine. Original Hurst Lightning Rods shifter is a unique touch, and only available in this model for 1983 and 1984. Depress the top button on the shifter ball and then you can move the shifter chrome shaft into gear, which otherwise stays locked – you learn the right touch quickly. Pump the gas pedal, and the car starts right up and drives smoothly.

I have been driving the car sparingly, maintaining it beneath a custom-fit car cover (included in the sale). The mechanical functioning is very fine, no known issues. It has the original motor and transmission. The carburetor has been professionally cleaned and adjusted, and performs as it should. The battery and the wiper blades needed to be replaced, and have been. So has the gas tank! The car has recently passed inspection. Cosmetically, the car looks very good, although the paint color has faded and oxidized, as seen in the photos. The Hurst Olds decals and pinstriping are in decent shape for the most part, although there are a few imperfections if you look closely. Nice straight frame and body, never in an accident. It could easily be restored to like-new condition if the next owner wanted to, without too much effort.

I am approaching 70 years of age, so I really should pass this looker on to the next person who appreciates these vintage Oldsmobiles the way I do. I am an Olds enthusiast and own or have owned the following: 1966 Olds 442; 1967Olds Cutlass convertible; 1975 Hurst Olds (selling on eBay); 1979 Hurst Olds; and 1984 Hurst Olds (this one).

Title status: Clean

Mileage: 67,896

AC: working

Needs List:

There are a few cosmetic and other issues. The paint job has oxidized, the car needs fresh paint. The hood, roof and trunk more so than the sides. The Hurst Olds pinstriping has slight wear and tear in a few spots but is mostly solid. The speedometer needle in the instrument cluster has come loose. I have purchased used an entire replacement cluster (the “rallye pack” gauges included) with a good speedometer, on eBay for this purpose, to be installed by the next owner. It was not easy to come by – or cheap! The power window does not work on the passenger side and is sluggish on the driver’s side. The two sun visors need replacing (worn to heck). No real rust spots, and the trunk is almost like new and rust-free. I paid to have the T-tops made leak-proof, and they are close to that. The tires have very low miles (<500 mi), but probably should be replaced just due to their age (about 5 years old). The glove box door on the floor console needs to be re-attached, as it just lifts off. The headliner in the back of the car needs attention (needs to be redone). The Oldsmobile name badge below the driver’s side headlight is off – I have it saved intact, in the console glove box for the next owner to reattach. The floor mats are gone, although the carpet underneath is in quite good shape. However, I have purchased and will will include a brand new set of 1984 Hurst Olds front and rear floor mats for this car, with this sale, which will look awesome.

As with all vintage classic cars, this model is becoming scarce, especially in low mileage, nice condition.

See a better way to drive something that shifts the paradigm?