I burnt through a few brain cells trying to figure out what to call this next car. I know it was the product of a collaboration between Hurst Performance (company that invented the Jaws of Life) and Oldsmobile…but everybody on the internet just calls it the Hurst/Olds, which is not a proper name because this is technically the Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Coupe (not Cutlass Ciera, that was a front drive pile o junk) with the Hurst/Olds option…so why the Olds name twice in the name? I don’t know and stop interupting me, I was just getting to the part why you should be interested in this car. The Lightning Rod shifters? Yes. We’ve all come to the conclusion that manual gearboxes are superior to autos, but sometimes an auto comes along that is to bizarrely complex that it becomes interesting. Keep reading. Find this 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds offered for $10,500 in Kunkletown, PA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
If you own a car with the words “Official Pace Car 69th Indianapolis 500, May 26, 1985” on the doors you are going to have a few conversations that go like this. Random dude: Wow, so that car was used as the pace car at Indy…that’s wicked. You: Well…it is actually a commemorative version of […]
There are few things better than low mile minty clean example of an unwanted car from the past…because low mile examples of desirable cars have crazy price tags, but the people who collect 80s Oldsmobiles do their own dental work and shower at their place of employment…the a low mile example of the first car […]
The conversion to unleaded was mandated in Australia for the 1986 model year. Poor sales of the Commodore had left Holden cash-strapped. In a desperate attempt to update to modernise, they turned to Nissan, who licensed the straight six RB30E engine, used in the Patrol and the Australian-built R31 Skyline for the VL (1986-88) Commodore. […]
Oldsmobile first used the 442 designation on the F-85 Cutlass A-Body to describe its combination of 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed manual transmission, and 2 exhausts. The 442 name was used on a number of A-body and later G-body cars, but in 1990 it was applied to the N-body Cutlass Calais. Except the Cutlass had no barrels […]
The Oldsmobile Calais was named after a small northern French port city that was for many years occupied by the English and used as a shipping point as it is only 21 miles away from the white cliffs of Dover. The costs of maintaining a naturally indefensible city (once used by Julius Caesar as a […]