No matter how you look at it, convertibles have been, are, and always will be rarer than cars with tops. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the soft or the hardtop convertible, they are simply a selective company. The same goes for the classic muscle car convertibles. They too were rare, and some of them were rare beyond our wildest dreams. In fact, some of them were so rare that you could have counted them with your fingers. In addition, they were as powerful as muscle cars could get back in the day, so the exclusivity is even more supreme. Let’s face it; very few of us will ever get the opportunity to see one of these live, let alone in action or, God forbid, own it. Not unless you’re prepared to pay premium buck for them. Here are 10 of the rarest and most powerful classic muscle car convertibles.
1969 Hurst Olds
Hurst Olds was first introduced in 1968 as special edition of the Oldsmobile 442 or Cutlass Supreme. At the time, it was against Oldsmobile’s policy to stuff anything larger than the 400ci into the engine bay. Well, Hurst Performance didn’t share that policy, so they packed the 455ci Rocket V8 in there which developed 380 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Of course, they mated the engine with their famous dual/gate shifter.
A total of 906 1969 models were made, but only 3 of them were convertibles made for promotional use. Moreover, one of them burned straightaway leaving only two models alive. You might remember them for their humongous trunk platform-installed golden shifters and, off course, the Miss Golden Shifter herself – the one and only Linda Vaughn. Here’s the video of one of them restored and reunited with then 70-year old gracefully aged Linda. Resto was completed by Level 1 Restorations shortly after the car was found after many years of slumber. They even recreated the giant golden shifter.