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Pampered, low-mileage ’56 Olds hardtop


OK, so it’s not that little old lady who only drove it to church car, but the Pick of the Day is a 1956 Oldsmobile Holiday 98 driven a combined 80,651 miles by two owners, both of them living in the same small Iowa farm community where they each parked the car throughout winter weather in barns where they also kept their John Deere tractors.

The car — a four-door pillarless hardtop — is located in Maple Lake, Minnesota, where it’s being offered by a collector car dealership for $17,950.

According to the dealer’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com, the car was “always garaged, maintained and pampered. No rust.”

Within this decade, the second owner had the car repainted in its Turquoise Blue and Alcan Ivory colors. That owner also replaced all weather stripping in the doors and trunk, as well as the sill plates. Also, hood ornament, bumpers, grille and the front Olds emblem were re-chromed.

The car still carries its original 324cid Rocket V8, which exhales through dual exhaust. The automatic transmission is a stock Olds 3-speed, the dealer notes. The car also has power steering and brakes.

The interior features “new cloth” in turquoise and white, as well as new door panels, carpets, headliner and visors. 

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. I believe this is actually a Holiday 88 (not 98) based on the side trim and tail lights. Beautiful car and might be worth more listed as an 88.


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