Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible
Leading the Oldsmobile sales front in 1952 was the Super 88; offered in five different body styles, total production for 1952 was an amazing 118,558 units. As the most popular Oldsmobile, it outsold its little brother, the Deluxe 88, by a six to one margin. The reason? For only a slightly higher price, the Super 88 offered all the standard Deluxe 88 items and several additional features, including foam rubber seat cushions, stainless steel gravel shields and turn signals, as well as a wider selection of interior trim and designs. However, the feature that undoubtedly swayed any indecisive customers, more than any other, towards the Super 88 was the high performance Rocket Power V8 it shared with the top-of-the-line Super 98. This engine differed from the standard Rocket Power V8 by the addition of four-barrel carburetion, which translated to a gain of 15 hp and 284 ft-lbs of torque available at only 1,800 rpm.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
160 bhp, 303 cu. in. V8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, Hydra-Matic transmission, independent front and solid rear axle with leaf spring rear suspension, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Darin Schnabel