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Hurst Shifter Replica Car hits the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach

April Rose strikes a pose on a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica Car at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auto Auction on Friday, April 11, Lot #3001 at the South Florida Fairgrounds.
Darrell Gwynn Foundation

On Friday,April 11, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will auction a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica Car at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auto Auction at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

This 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica, Lot #3001 on auction block, was built by the renowned Thornton Motors, Inc. of Bucks County, Pennsylvania with guidance from legendary Hurst engineer "Doc" Watson. The car is a replica of the Oldsmobile 442 Convertible, complete with the Hurst Armed Forces Club logo, that Hurst Shifters used to showcase its shifters and made famous by their spokeswoman Linda Vaughn, aka "Miss Golden Shifter".

George Hurst was a Navy veteran and supported the troops in Vietnam through promotions and tours through his Hurst Armed Forces Club. Model Linda Vaughn made visits for Hurst to Vietnam to entertain troops and visit the wounded, and together with the club, they conducted a promotion where a combat serviceman won a date with Linda herself!

The historic machine appeared at various motor sports and auto events in the late 60's and 70's promoting Hurst Shifters around the country, catapulting Linda Vaughn and the Oldsmobile 442 Convertible into stardom. The automobile is outfitted with a 9' shifter and platform that Hurst models stood on waving to cheering fans.

It also features an outside air inducted 455 and Hurst dual gate shifter tied to a specialty calibrated TH-400 Transmission, and rolls on 15" x 7" chrome wheels made exclusively for the '69 Hurst Oldsmobile program. It has signature firefrost gold stripes and emblems, an outrageous mailbox hood scoop and rear deck spoiler.

Proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, whose mission is to support people with paralysis and prevent spinal cord injuries. Check your local listings for time and channel.

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