Oldsmobile Rocket 88

Year1950
Body StyleConvertible Coupe
Engine303 CU”
ConfigurationLHD
Mileage1200
LocationUK
Price£71,995

The History

This really is a must see car, the very rare convertible version of the 88. This car is an ex museum piece and as a result has only 1200 genuine miles on the clock. The car is in immaculate original condition and benefited from a body off chassis up restoration several years ago. You will see from the pictures of the underbelly of the car that there is not a single spot of rust.

There will be few better examples of this car in the world, the rising prices of this car over the past 5 years have seen it reach upwards of $100,000 USD. A real chance to get a concourse quality car with fantastic investment potential too.

Introduced in 1949, the full-size Oldsmobile 88 was produced until 1999 and became the top-selling line for twenty-four years. Produced in Wentzville, Missouri, and both Flint and Lake Orion, Michigan, the Oldsmobile Eighty Eight was a representation of an image. Especially during the beginning three years, the Oldsmobile 88 was one of the best performing automobiles. This was most likely due to its small size, along with the lightweight and advanced over-head valve high-compression V8 engines. This engine was originally intended for the larger, more luxurious 98 series.

Named to complement the already existing 76 and 98 series, the 88 which was considered to be the grandaddy of muscle cars of the 1960s was first introduced in 1949, and utilised the 76’s platform with a newly added large and powerful Rocket V8 engine. Popular during its time, the Eighty Eight inspired a popular song ‘Rocket 88’ and a popular 1950’s slogan, ‘Make a Date with a Rocket 88’. The rocket was eventually adopted as the Oldmsobile logo during the 1960’s, though the 88 name continued to remain in the lineup until the late 1990’s.