Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible

As the American automobile industry blossomed in 1955, reaching nearly eight million cars, the horsepower race was in full swing. Oldsmobile’s Rocket V-8 engine, as conceived in 1949 and continued into 1953, was no longer competitive. For 1954, it was bored out to 324.3-cubic inches, and the horsepower, with the four-barrel carburetor on Super 88 models, rose to 185. For 1955, higher compression and a Carter AFB four-barrel pushed this to 202.

New bodies introduced for 1954 were given more aggressive trim contours, which made the two-tone paint schemes, de rigeur for the time, more striking. A sharp, pointed spear now dropped from the wraparound windshield across the front door, reaching a point on the rear quarter panel. This was typically painted in a contrasting color.

202 bhp, 324 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122.0 in.

Part of the RM Auctions event for John Staluppi in December, 2012.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Teddy Pieper

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