Oldsmobile L-39 Convertible

Despite the so-called “Roosevelt Recession” of 1938, Oldsmobile weathered the storm by continuing to offer solid, conservatively styled and well-engineered automobiles to its loyal buyers. Oldsmobile was rivaling Cadillac in terms of luxury and reliability with the “L” Series eight-cylinder cars, providing comfort and luxury equal to the 60-Series Cadillacs. Throughout the 1930s, Oldsmobile used the “F” designation for six-cylinder cars and the “L” designation for the powerful and smooth-running eight.

Of all 1939 Oldsmobile models, the L-Series Convertible was the rarest, with just 472 units built.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

110 bhp, 257 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-floating rear axle with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120"

Source: RM Auctions

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