Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible
Oldsmobile introduced a magic combination in the 1949 product line. Taking the new General Motors “A” body, the smallest and lightest variation shared with Chevrolet and Pontiac, the division dropped in the new “Rocket” overhead-valve V8. Developing 135 bhp from 303 cubic inches, the thoroughly modern powerplant gave exceptional performance. The model was given the designation “88,” falling midway between the six-cylinder 76 and flagship “C” body 98. Within two years, the six-cylinder models had been discontinued entirely.
For 1954, Oldsmobiles grew both in size and strength. By now there were two levels of 88s, plain and Super. Wheelbase had increased to 122 inches, and all engines had been bored out to 324 cubic inches. Super 88 and 98 cars had four-barrel carburetors and developed 185 bhp. Zero-to-sixty times of 12.4 seconds were remarkable for the day, as was an 18-second quarter mile. GM’s excellent Hydra-Matic transmission found its way into most cars.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
185 bhp, 324 cu. in. overhead valve V8 engine, Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Darin Schnabel