Once upon a time, drag racing was at the center of an automotive revolution in America. Drag strips popped up overnight in farms and fields across the country, and relative nobodies rose to international fame and acclaim. Businesses rose from nothing, and cars with spectacular power numbers ripped up and down the drag strip. Ah, those were the days.
Two of the most famous icons from the heyday of drag racing are making a comeback. The still-beautiful Linda Vaughn will help unveil the recently-restored Hurst/Olds convertible that toured the country with Linda in tow, helping promote Hurst’s line of shifting products.
Hemmings Auto Blog reports that while Hurst never offered a 455-powered Oldsmobile convertible for consumers to buy, it built three such vehicles to promote its products from 1969 to 1972. One of these vehicles was destroyed, and another one, built for touring the East Coast, is somewhere in Iowa.
The car meant for promoting on the West Coast survived the years, and has been recently restored. In order to celebrate this historic triumph, the restoration crew led by Gary Riley has gotten famous Hurst girl Linda Vaughn to attend the unveiling. Vaughn would often pose on a platform on the back on the Hurst/Olds convertible with a giant shifter. Kind of suggestive, don’t you think?
This one-of-a-kind car should be unveiled at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals on November 17-18th in Rosemont, Illinois. Sounds like a nostalgic old time.