The 1955 Oldsmobile 88 has always been a trendsetter. Of course, the OHV Rocket V8 engine was just the beginning, but it launched a performance revolution that we're still enjoying today – even if the brand is only a memory. Even by the mid-50s, Oldsmobile was delivering big performance with a healthy dose of luxury to match, creating a unique niche in the GM hierarchy. So if you wanted a car that could run with the big Pontiacs, yet offered the luxury of a Buick or Cadillac, the 88 was the smart choice.
The factory-correct Medium Blue and Snow White instantly conveys the elegance that you want from an Oldsmobile. This is a very intricate two-tone layout, so we are happy to see someone properly invest in a high quality respray that took the time to get it right. The result is the kind of gloss and shine that makes you fondly remember the '50s. All the sheetmetal appears correct, and it gives that famous kick-up in the rear fender to create the tailfin. All the brightwork is complete – from the big chrome bumpers to the intricate sweeping line in the profile. Even great details like the globe hood emblem and notched taillights remain. And it's all finished off with whitewall tires and factory wheel covers that alternates colors to showcase the car's full two-tone and chrome style.
The Holiday Hardtop coupe style means that people have a clear view of the interior, so it's quite nice to see that the blue and white wow factor continues on the inside. There's plenty of room for family and friends, and the white seats with blue cloth inserts are sure to keep them all comfortable. Plus, it looks like there have been recent investments in places like the door panels and headliner to keep everything feeling fresh. The Olds globe steering wheel is thin and has that kind of instant sense of grip that we seemed to have lost over the years. As you gaze over all that's in front of you, the bight elements on the wheel, speedometer, heater controls, and so much more just seems to remind you of the style priority of the '50s.
Oldsmobile's famous Rocket V8 lives under the hood, and we know you love how the freshly painted valve covers announce the motor. And while the setup is tidy and ready to show off, this Oldsmobile has also been maintained to be a cruiser, too. The 324 cubic-inch V8 has a broad torque curve that is well-matched with the three-speed automatic transmission. And GM's B-bodies just seem to be some of the best at floating down the road.
This is the kind of thorough classic that even the trunk looks amazing. And at an affordable price like this, you know it's going to leave us quickly. So don't miss out, call today!