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Evolve Motors of Chicago, IL
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1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst W30
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350cid Rocket 5.7L V8
Camel Tan Other
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1979 Hurst Olds Cutlass Calais W-30
One Of Only 2,499 Built!
350cid “Rocket” L34 5.7L V8
TH-350 Automatic Transmission
K: Cutlass Calais
47: 2 Door Calais or Supreme
R: W30, 350cid
9: 1979 Model Year
M: Michigan Assembly Plant
5496720: Sequential Number
Paint: Cameo White
Secondary Color: Gold
Interior: Camel Tan
Evolve Motors and Chicago Car Club are pleased to present this 1979 Hurst Olds W30!
In 1979, the “W30” option on a new Cutlass would cost the buyer $2,054; a seriously costly options package, considering the base price of a standard Cutlass Calais coupe was just $5,828. As such, very few buyers opted for the W30 performance package. For 1979, Oldsmobile produced over 471,000 Cutlasses. Only 2,499 of those nearly half a million Cutlasses were optioned with the W30 Hurst Olds performance pack. The ‘79 Hurst Olds was only available in two color schemes; black and gold, or the white and gold scheme this particular car wears. These bold color schemes and Hurst badging turned the relatively plain-looking base Cutlass into an easily-recognizable performance car. This particular ‘79 Hurst W30 has covered 101,532 miles over the course of its 38 year life and benefits from a recent mechanical refreshing.
First off, paint. An elcometer indicates that the car was repainted at some point, with readings of 6.0-8.0 all around. The finish is very nice throughout and the placement of pinstripes is spot-on, though there are a couple places where the clear coat is showing its age and is beginning to peel. Peeling clear coat can be found on the passenger side of the hood, as well as on the outside edges of the roof. Wheels are in very nice shape, as are all badges, lights, and moldings. All glass is clear and free of nicks or wiper markings. Chrome shines bright and is free of oxidation throughout, though the chrome door trim shows some light dings.
Unfortunately this car was caught in a hail storm years back; hail dings are light but they are noticeable upon close inspection. By far the most concentrated and noticable hail damage is on the roof; please see roof photo where I’ve highlighted the damage.
Camel Tan interior contrasts very well with the White/Gold exterior. With the exception of a tear on the outside of the driver’s seat bolster, seats are in excellent shape throughout. Passenger seat and rear seats show no wear whatsoever. Reclining bucket seats are adjusted manually, and windows are roll-ups. The dash has two through cracks. All lights are functional inside and out, as are all gauges. Air conditioning has not yet been converted to R134a; R12 system kicks on and blows, but is not cold. Heat and front and rear defrost are functional. Original radio is functional as well. Hurst branded floor mats are new, and carpets are excellent throughout.
The ‘79 Hurst W30 was equipped with the R-code “Rocket” 350cid V8, made famous by its use in the Olds Delta 88. In the W30, the Rocket V8 was good for a very respectable 170hp and 275ft-lb. While these numbers may not sound like much these days, in 1979, this car was a force to be reckoned with. For 1979 there was only one transmission available, a 3-speed TH350 Automatic. On all ‘79 W30s, the rear end used 2.73:1 gears. When this car surpassed the 100,000 mile mark (now at 101,532), it was treated to an engine rebuild kit. The car runs and drives very well. It starts first turn, tracks and brakes straight, and pulls hard through the gears. There are absolutely no tendencies or noises of concern. Automatic transmission shifts smoothly and on time. Idle is low and steady, and engine temp stays nice and cool. The car sits on Firehawk Indy 500 tires, which, while from the early 2000s, are in nice shape and have about 75% tread remaining.
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