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Old 05-17-2018, 09:57 PM   #1
Steve Plucker
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Default REMEMBER WHEN...Naming the Hurst Mystery Shifter in 1964

Do any of you remember WAY BACK IN 1964 or there abouts when Hot Rod magazine had a contest to help name the Hurst Mystery Shifter.

I entered the contest with the name the "Starlight Shifter" and was one of the winners. I received the shifter itself (which at the time I sold for $25.00), a trophy, which I still have plus the magazine.

I wonder what that shifter is worth today???

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Old 05-18-2018, 09:04 AM   #2
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Default Re: REMEMBER WHEN...Naming the Herst Mystery Shifter in 1964

I remember the Hurst Mystery shifter as the lower cost shifter they made back then. The mystery was if the shifter hand would swivel when you shifted or not.


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Old 05-18-2018, 12:19 PM   #3
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Default Re: REMEMBER WHEN...Naming the Herst Mystery Shifter in 1964

I had one of those in about 1966 or so. What I remember was an ad “the mystery is how we could make it so affordable”. Or something like that. I think Sal got it right. After that it was Synchro Loks for me.
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Old 05-18-2018, 11:31 PM   #4
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Default Re: REMEMBER WHEN...Naming the Herst Mystery Shifter in 1964

I put one in my '53 Ford 2dr sedan in 1970, when I changed it from an automatic to stick shift. I think I paid $25 for the trans and the shifter used. I never had any trouble with it and I treated it pretty rough.
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Old 05-19-2018, 06:30 AM   #5
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Default Re: REMEMBER WHEN...Naming the Herst Mystery Shifter in 1964

The mystery was which gear you would get. I used one in my '63 Fairlane I put a homebrew 289 HiPo and top loader in when in high school. Used to reach down with a wrench and engage reverse when needed. Did that till I saved up enough money for a Competition Plus.
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