1979 Hurst Olds options

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Brian B

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Hi i own a 1979 white Hurst. I have some incredible rare options i believe on the vehicle and was looking to see if anyone knew of a way to place how many were made with those options.The options that seem to be rare to me are as follows. A power moon roof, climate control, power antenna, and a power trunk release, and upgraded houndstooth fabric? It does have power windows ect. seats, locks, and garbage can but those were basic i believe. Any help out there would be appreciated. Thanks Brian
 
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GM did not keep track of how many of a specific option were installed on a specific make/model.

Some Canadian production info is allegedly available, but i believe all the US built stuff is a guess at best

Remember, they're in the business of selling cars, they have/had no interest in knowing how many of something were built after the fact. They can (probably) tell you how many Monte Carlos were built with bucket seats in a given year, but no idea how many were black with red interior and a mooroof
 
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Houndstooth fabric?
On the white cars, tan or white cloth(more like a oyster) were available, tan vinyl. Which do you have?
What about your front side marker turn light? Does it have the white light?
 
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Hi i own a 1979 white Hurst. I have some incredible rare options i believe on the vehicle and was looking to see if anyone knew of a way to place how many were made with those options.The options that seem to be rare to me are as follows. A power moon roof, climate control, power antenna, and a power trunk release, and upgraded houndstooth fabric? It does have power windows ect. seats, locks, and garbage can but those were basic i believe. Any help out there would be appreciated. Thanks Brian
I don't think the Hurst/olds came with a sun roof. They're usually T-tops
 
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Jdshaw

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GM did not keep track of how many of a specific option were installed on a specific make/model.

Some Canadian production info is allegedly available, but i believe all the US built stuff is a guess at best

Remember, they're in the business of selling cars, they have/had no interest in knowing how many of something were built after the fact. They can (probably) tell you how many Monte Carlos were built with bucket seats in a given year, but no idea how many were black with red interior and a mooroof
There is actually a record on most Hurst/Olds. Do to emission laws, Oldsmobile was only aloud 2,000 cars with the 350/t-350 option and had to record which cars they put them in. 688 were with the black/gold. 68 of those were camel interior, dual gate w/ buckets, etc, like mine is.
 
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There is actually a record on most Hurst/Olds. Do to emission laws, Oldsmobile was only aloud 2,000 cars with the 350/t-350 option and had to record which cars they put them in. 688 were with the black/gold. 68 of those were camel interior, dual gate w/ buckets, etc, like mine is.
Slight correction. Dual gate with reclining buckets was standard on 79 H/O, along with gage package, sport wheel, and pretty much all the Calais fare, and the H/O package was put on 2,499 of those cars (they already had the Delta EPA certified so they could put the 350/350 in LESS THAN 2500 other cars, otherwise it would have to be certified for the H/O specifically). This causes many of us H/O lovers some discontent because the 403 was also already certified so like, WTF GM? Demand may have been through the roof though if that happened, but perhaps they didn't want it to. It shouldn't have messed with any average fuel economy numbers, but who knows.

They did use black rockets on header panel emblems instead of the red stuff. As well as the only factory-offered Hurst car to come with gold/black instead of red/black H/O emblems. But other than that, the 350R was the huge difference of the Hurst. It was the only Hurst/Olds that was made entirely in-plant and was not sent to a teir 1 upfitter for finish work.

There's no Calais option you couldn't get on the H/O to the best of my recollection. So a moonroof or T-tops were available. GM kept some records of major option stuff, but nothing much on details like how many 79 H/O's with power trunk or power windows, etc. Nobody can even tell you how many came with what roof option, even T-tops. Anyone who says they can, can't. I suspect there were many less sunroof cars than T-tops, however. A hair over 20% of 1979 Calais had T-tops, so the numbers were extrapolated to get any number you do happen to see for T-tops. But with car options, you can't readily do that with any accuracy. Many more than that in reality for H/O, most likely. 1334 were black which meant 1165 were white, since they only came in two flavors.

GM STILL didn't keep up with production option numbers, even with the very popular selling 4th gen Camaro SS from Chevy/SLP and 5th gen ZL1 that just Chevrolet was putting out from 1998-2015. They broke things down like colors, top (hard top or convertible, no T-top or sunroof numbers), engine and transmission combos, that was about it. I don't have a 6th gen, but I imagine they never changed their ways.

Some things will just remain a mystery.
 
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Houndstooth fabric?
On the white cars, tan or white cloth(more like a oyster) were available, tan vinyl. Which do you have?
What about your front side marker turn light? Does it have the white light?
It's more like an interlocking "I" pattern of corduroy like material.
Ciiw, The only cloth option was camel. Black or white seats were vinyl or as some wrongly believe, leather. I call it pleather, plastic leather.
 
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Slight correction. Dual gate with reclining buckets was standard on 79 H/O, along with gage package, sport wheel, and pretty much all the Calais fare, and the H/O package was put on 2,499 of those cars (they already had the Delta EPA certified so they could put the 350/350 in LESS THAN 2500 other cars, otherwise it would have to be certified for the H/O specifically). This causes many of us H/O lovers some discontent because the 403 was also already certified so like, WTF GM? Demand may have been through the roof though if that happened, but perhaps they didn't want it to. It shouldn't have messed with any average fuel economy numbers, but who knows.

They did use black rockets on header panel emblems instead of the red stuff. As well as the only factory-offered Hurst car to come with gold/black instead of red/black H/O emblems. But other than that, the 350R was the huge difference of the Hurst. It was the only Hurst/Olds that was made entirely in-plant and was not sent to a teir 1 upfitter for finish work.

There's no Calais option you couldn't get on the H/O to the best of my recollection. So a moonroof or T-tops were available. GM kept some records of major option stuff, but nothing much on details like how many 79 H/O's with power trunk or power windows, etc. Nobody can even tell you how many came with what roof option, even T-tops. Anyone who says they can, can't. I suspect there were many less sunroof cars than T-tops, however. A hair over 20% of 1979 Calais had T-tops, so the numbers were extrapolated to get any number you do happen to see for T-tops. But with car options, you can't readily do that with any accuracy. Many more than that in reality for H/O, most likely. 1334 were black which meant 1165 were white, since they only came in two flavors.

GM STILL didn't keep up with production option numbers, even with the very popular selling 4th gen Camaro SS from Chevy/SLP and 5th gen ZL1 that just Chevrolet was putting out from 1998-2015. They broke things down like colors, top (hard top or convertible, no T-top or sunroof numbers), engine and transmission combos, that was about it. I don't have a 6th gen, but I imagine they never changed their ways.

Some things will just remain a mystery.
I wonder how many cars are left now? It’s funny I never really knew anything about the 79 until I owned one. Unfortunately that car was too trashed to fix and now all I want is another.
 
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