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The 4555 Hurst handle was def used on 4spd '70-72 bucket seat GTO's and LeMans Sports. The '71 and '72 factory bench seat 4 spd Hurst shifter also used the 4555. Not to add any confusion, but I have had several factory installed Hurst '71 and '72 Pontiac A body 3 speed shifters that the handle did not have a number stamped into the lower area. These unstamped handles were all shaped like the 4555.
In highly restored '70 bench seat 4speed GTO's, I've seen both the curved style and the 4555 style. Good chance, there was a certain time period that the curved bench seat handle was used, then as the production year rolled on, the 4555 handle was then used. Am 100% sure that by late April-early May of '70, the 4555 handle was used in the shifter for bench seat 4spd Pontiac A-bodys, that's what the first GT-37's had. Realize this doesn't nail it down 100%, ESP if your car was built in Jan, Feb, March, early April of '70.
In the early 90's, the previous owner of my '71 455 HO T-37 sent out and had rebuilt a factory Hurst '71 shifter and had two factory Hurst shifter handle replated. The shifter that ended up on the M22 in the T-37 had the previous ('67-partial '70) curved style round Hurst handle. I realized after having several '71 bench seat cars, its not correct for the '71 T-37. Years ago, I pulled the handle, and moving parts tubs lately, it is found, if needed, I'd offer it a whole lot cheaper than the e-Bay sellers.