1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme W-25 Hurst Edition Is Junkyard Treasure

While I find many rare and putatively valuable discarded vehicles during my junkyard travels, examples of Detroit iron that could legitimately be described as genuine muscle cars (that is, 1960s and 1970s midsize coupes with V8 engines and flashy decorations) remain rare. Today’s Junkyard Treasure barely qualifies, thanks to its Malaise Era model year, but it does fit the definition.

Just over four years ago, this car’s owner attempted to sell it in original unrestored condition, stating its “book value” as $6500-$7000. Clearly, there were no takers.

The glory days of the Hurst/Oldsmobile cars took place during the 1968-1972 period, when lax emission-control regulations and generously subjective gross horsepower ratings made for maniacal power numbers and some fairly quick Detroit machinery. General Motors put Hurst shifters in plenty of cars with gold-and-white paint jobs, and even Chrysler got in on the act.

By 1975, power was down but personal luxury coupes were selling like crazy, and American car shoppers could still get a Hurst/Olds Cutlass Supreme. The W-30 version had a 455-cubic-inch Olds V8 rated at 190 horsepower, while the W-25 got the 350-cube Olds V8 with 170 horses (the 455 made 350 lb-ft, while the 350 managed 275 lb-ft, so both had decent off-the-line punch).

In 1975, the Oldsmobile Cutlass was the best-selling car in the United States, edging out the all-new Ford Granada. This car came with T-tops and plenty of snazzy options, though most of that stuff got yanked by junkyard shoppers before I got to the car.

An Olds 350 engine isn’t worth much to anybody these days, though someone did snag the intake manifold and carburetor. One of these cars in nice shape should be worth decent money, but just about anyone with the kind of money and time necessary to fix up an A-body Cutlass would choose to work with a pre-1973 model.

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