Hurst Shifter Replica Car Auctions for $200,000 to benefit Darrell Gwynn Foundation

April 12th, 2014

Car raises most funds for DGF since Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in 2011

10246328_10151747346042465_3965145887225665747_nWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica made famous by Linda Vaughn sold for $200,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Friday, April 11. The car was purchased by longtime foundation supporter John Staluppi. Proceeds from the auction of the car benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

“This is an amazing car bought by an amazing buyer,” said Darrell Gwynn. “I’ve wanted to do a Hurst Car with Linda Vaughn for years. I’m really thankful for everyone that came together to make this project happen. I appreciate Barrett-Jackson and their support, thank Linda Vaughn for being here to be a part of this car she made so famous and the Thornton Brothers and Doc Watson for building a beauty. I’m so happy John & Jeannette (Staluppi) got this car. It found a wonderful home to be displayed, by a wonderful couple, who has supported us for years.”

Linda Vaughn rode on the giant shifter, like she did so many times in her modeling career as the car rolled across stage a Barrett-Jackson. It created another memorable moment for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation at Barrett-Jackson. The auction was broadcasted live on FOX Sports 1.

The car auction price, at $200,000, represents the highest selling price/donation the Darrell Gwynn Foundation has had at auction since 2011. At Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Darrell Gwynn’s Coors Extra Gold Dragster was purchased by Ron Pratt for $200,000. Also in 2011, The “Barrett-Cuda” car sold for $200,000 to David Cowherd at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas. The foundation has participated in 13 auctions, and auctioned 17 cars since Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2011. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation has a Car Donation Program allowing people to donate or build classic or high-performance cars to the foundation for auction. Proceeds from auction then support the foundation’s Wheelchair Donation Program.

The 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica 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 that Hurst Shifters used to showcase its shifters and made famous by their spokeswoman Linda Vaughn, aka “Miss Golden Shifter”.

The car sports the Hurst Armed Forces Club logo. George Hurst was a Navy veteran who supported the troops in Vietnam. Linda Vaughn made visits for Hurst to Vietnam to entertain troops and visit the wounded. Together with the Hurst Armed Forces Club, they conducted a promotion where a combat serviceman won a date with Linda herself to lift morale.

The car appeared a 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 car is outfitted with a 9’ shifter and platform that Hurst models stood on waving to cheering fans. It has signature firefrost gold stripes and emblems, an outrageous mailbox hood scoop and rear deck spoiler. The car has an outside air inducted 455 and Hurst dual gate shifter tied to a specialty calibrated TH-400 Transmission. The car rolls on 15” x 7” chrome wheels made exclusively for the ’69 Hurst Oldsmobile program.

Earlier in the week at Barrett-Jackson, on Thursday night, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation raised over $108,000 with a live auction at the opening night gala. Barrett-Jackson designated a live auction fundraiser for the foundation. The highlight of the auction was Tony Stewart’s scooter that sold for $22,000 to Ele Chesney. The NASCAR star will match her winning bid with a donation to the foundation.


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