- Engine Size
- 455 V8
- Transmission Type
- 3 Speed Automatic
1974 Oldsmobile 442 Indy Pace Car
Olds returned to the Brickyard again in 1974, for the third time in five years. And for the second time in three years as a Hurst/Olds. For the first time, a 350 V8 could be ordered, and was mandatory for California-bound cars. The 455 was still available, but emissions and fuel economy concerns were taking their toll. White and black were again the two color choices, and a roof band split the vinyl top in two at the B pillar to simulate the targa top on the actual pace car. Production was up some, with 1851 produced: 1800 coupes (46 were used at the track), 42 Delta 88's, 1 Cutlass 4-door, 2 Official Pace Cars, 6 Custom Cruisers for Press, Track Photographer, Medical Director and Day Care. The Delta 88 convertible track cars were all basically stock cars with white paint and H/O trim, but they are a striking vehicle and quite rare today. In addition, Speedway owner Tony Hulman requested a specially modified Cutlass Salon 4-door sedan for his own personal use, and it was built by Oldsmobile, but appeared at the track with H/O graphics applied. 1974 was indeed an unusual year for H/O watchers.
Once again, Classic Auto Mall is proud to represent a piece of Oldsmobile and racing history. Offered for sale is an all original 39,890 mile Oldsmobile 442 Indy Pace Car. Powered by the optional Rocket W-30 code 455 cu in engine that produces 230hp through a 3 speed Hurst dual-gate transmission. The 455 cu in engine was in only 380 of the 1,800 built. Available in either black or as this example, white, the Hurst Olds sports the optional swiveling black vinyl bucket seats. A special vinyl top also denoted this specialness of this model giving the appearance of a “targa” style roof.
Equipped with power front disc brakes and rally wheels, raised white letter tires and independent suspension the Pace Car is ready to handle as well as accelerate at the top levels of performance for its time.
Sold new at Doucas Oldsmobile in Greenfield, Wisconsin on June 28, 1974. Comes with the original window sticker, warranty card, pre-purchase inspection and other factory paperwork. An odometer statement from 1991 shows just 39,767 miles.
The Hurst Olds represents a great opportunity to own an original unrestored Pace Car and as we all know, “they're only original once.”