The Pontiac G8 - and its entire brand - are nearly extinct, but there's time for one last hurrah at Hurst. The historic hot rod company has plans to build 52 special-edition Hurst/Pontiac H.O versions of the G8 as well as a G6 convertible.

Like the Hurst Challengers released late last year, the H.O. - High Output - G8 is intended to be a modern-day interpretation of George Hurst's 'Executive Hot Rod' concept. Each of the 52 cars will be hand-built and numbered to reflect their limited-edition status. Available colors include white/gold and black/gold two-tone affairs, complemented by Hurst wheels.

Some of the modifications planned to transform the G8 to H.O. status include the usual slate of Hurst interior and exterior accessories, plus a re-worked suspension and a supercharger for the V8 under the hood.

The Hurst G6 convertibles are designed to commemorate Hurst director emeritus Doc Watson's pace cars. They will be used as parade vehicles and special-event cars.

"Doc started all of this with George back in 1960 with Hurst Performance Research. His Hurst H.O. Pontiacs have stormed drag strips and main streets across the country for 50 years," said Hurst Chairman, Nate Shelton. "There could not be a better time to honor Doc and the legendary Pontiac marque."

The Hurst Pontiacs will be available for ordering starting August 1 at the Hurst Performance website.