1984 Oldsmobile Hurst: T-Top coupe

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Regardless of the model year or model trim, Oldsmobile has held an appeal to Ken Quincy for as long as he can remember. Several Oldsmobile vehicles came into and out of his life.

When the performance-oriented Cutlass model was introduced in the 1960s, Quincy was torn between his heart’s desire and life’s demands. With three boys at home, Quincy learned what the cost of insuring the car would be, so home life practicality won out — at least temporarily.

“I’ve wanted one since 1969,” Quincy says.

His perseverance was rewarded in the autumn of 1988 when he saw a 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst Coupe for sale nearby his home.

With the exception of one Delta 88 model and three Ninety-Eight models, the Hurst Olds was the most expensive in the Oldsmobile stable that year. Although the base price was $12,644. Quincy learned that with the options the original owner paid $15,127 for the car.

The odometer showed that the car had been driven only 31,000 miles. Cash and title were exchanged and Quincy drove his dream car to his home in Vienna, Va. It is one of only 3,500 such models manufactured.

When it was new, the Hurst Olds was sold with a 50,000-mile warranty — which was remarkable at the time. Optional equipment includes power windows and removable T-top roof panels, which Quincy says, “weigh a ton.”

Quincy thought the T-top panels were really neat, until he learned they allow road noise to enter the cabin at highway speeds. Thankfully, he says, the air conditioner fights the heat inside the car generated by the sun shining through the T-top panels. In the trunk are protective sleeves where the T-tops can be stored when not in place.

The silver-and-black Hurst Olds with red decal trim has power door locks, power steering and power brakes, discs in front and drums in the rear. Sound from the AM/FM stereo radio with a cassette player floods the cabin through four speakers.

White letter Eagle Goodyear GT P215-65R15 tires mounted on super stock chrome wheels support the 16-foot, 8-inch-long Hurst Olds on a 108.1-inch wheelbase. The Cutlass tips the scales at 3,535 pounds.

Under the hood is a 307-cubic-inch V-8 engine that delivers 180 horsepower to the rear wheels through the “Lightning Rod” four-speed transmission, which has an extra chrome lever sprouting from the console on the floor. The driver can shift manually or allow automatic shifting.

“It sounds neat,” Quincy says of the dual-exhaust. He reports the engine has a higher-lift cam than the standard Olds engine. “It has a nice rumble,” he says.

This Hurst Olds left the factory with a special suspension, which Quincy has maintained in like new condition.

In the cabin, the original owner had a choice of dark maple cloth or vinyl upholstery. Quincy is pleased that he chose the vinyl.

On the dashboard are an 85-mph speedometer and full instrumentation, and no warning lights. The gasoline tank holds 18 gallons of premium fuel.

When he first acquired his Hurst Olds, Quincy states, “I drove it to work pretty regularly.”

The lengthiest trips in the Hurst Olds he recollects were when he drove it to visit his sons in college. Since taking possession of his Hurst Olds, he has averaged about a thousand miles annually, which has pushed the odometer to 56,000 miles.

The original owner did not opt for the optional Positraction nor the interior trunk release, both of which Quincy says he can easily do without.

Quincy continues to enjoy his Hurst Olds on dry days. “It’s a survivor,” he says of his well-preserved car.

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