Model year 1960 is toward the end of General Motors’ most-exuberant styling era, although the Pick of the Day, a 1960 Oldsmobile Super 88 convertible, carries on the extreme design elements that seem so flamboyant today.
Not only does this space-age Olds exemplify the extra-long and ultra-low ethos of the plus-size cars of the time, the restored convertible has been slightly lowered and sports fender skirts, which serve to emphasize the ground-hugging nature of this sleek cruiser.
The Oldsmobile Super 88 received a frame-off restoration some time ago and it remains a highly presentable example of a rare car, according to the Bremerton, Washington, private seller advertising the Super 88 on ClassicCars.com. The car drives well and recently received a fuel-system refurbish and new shock absorbers, the seller adds.
“This car is in very good condition and is a driver,” the seller says in the ad. “Red leather interior, black top. Needs very little to become a show car.”
An added attraction is the set of trick spinner hubcaps that don’t spin.
“Original Dodge Lancer 4-bar hubcaps … have been customized to be floater hubcaps, meaning that when the car moves the hubcap stays in the exact position as when it is sitting, giving it a floating effect,” the seller says.
The seller presents a gallery of photos and a forthright description of the car’s apparently minor flaws, of which a potential buyer should be aware.
Oldsmobile convertibles were the official pace cars of the 1960 Indianapolis 500, the seller notes, although the cars were 98 models rather than 88s. Still cool, though.
The Oldsmobile Super 88 is powered by its correct 394cid V8 with four-barrel carb, automatic transmission, power steering and brakes, and a power top, plus wide whitewalls and those fiberglass fender skirts painted to match the body color.
This Oldsmobile would be quite a head turner at a local car show or cruise-in, and it would stand out big time on the highway. Low-profile drivers should shy away.
The asking price is $29,000, which quite literally would buy a whole lotta car. And with floater hubcaps, no less.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.