There were a total of 629 Oldsmobile Hurst pace cars made in 1972; 499 of them were hardtops, and 279 of those hardtops were built without sunroofs. This car is one of those 279. The 1972 Oldsmobile Hurst pace car was developed by Hurst Performance, not Oldsmobile. Due to a tragic accident involving the 1971 Indy pace car, which was a Dodge Challenger, the major auto manufacturers were reluctant to provide the pace car for the 1972 Indy race.
Hurst Performance stepped up and volunteered to sponsor the 1972 pace car. Oldsmobile provided the Cutlass Supreme coupe and convertible. It was the first and only time an Indy pace car was sponsored by a manufacturer other than an automobile manufacturer, and the first time to include a major supplier's name in the title. The only color available was Cameo White with reflective 3M gold stripes that were stickers, not paint.
This car is powered by a modified Oldsmobile engine bored out to 462ci mated to a TH400 automatic transmission, with a console-mounted Hurst Dual Gate shifter and a W25 Ram Air hood. This Pace Car Edition coupe has 48,600 original miles (the title reads mileage exempt) and includes the original Protect-O-Plate, front page of the vehicle warranty and the front page of the Official Program from the 56th Indy 500. The original interior features air conditioning (needs a compressor). It’s rust-free, has been garaged in Florida and was originally from California.