Oldsmobile 88 Convertible
In addition to being one of the “Golden Rocket” Oldsmobiles built for 1957 to commemorate GM’s 50th anniversary, this very special, two-owner 88 Convertible coupe carries a wonderful and completely documented history. The current owner, who was seeking a classic Oldsmobile as a birthday present for his father during the early-1990s, was alerted to the existence of a one-owner 88 in Glens Falls, New York, which was purchased new by Edward and Margery Hammond in 1957.
Never winter-driven and always garage-kept, the car was sold by Mrs. Hammond to the current owner; a lengthy correspondence followed the sale and eventually Mrs. Hammond located and returned the original bill of sale and license plate. The Olds was returned to running order and eventually given a complete frame-off restoration by Thornton Auto Works, of Telford, Pennsylvania, which was completed in 2005. The tally including acquisition, cosmetic and mechanical restoration, and the addition of the J-2 carburetor intake stands at $125,000.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2012 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.
277 bhp, 371 cu. in. V-8 engine, J-2 induction system with triple two-barrel carburetors, Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122"
Source: RM Auctions
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