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Most-exuberant 1960 Oldsmobile Super 88 convertible


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.

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You could land a plane on that rear deck

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.

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The bright-red interior looks to be in nice condition

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.

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The Oldsmobile looks very clean under its hood

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.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. Restoration means "return to original." This is not a restoration, but rather, it is a customized car. "Floater hubcaps"? Those are Dodge Royal Lancer hubcaps from the 1950s. 1960 Oldsmobiles didn’t come equipped with 1950s Dodge wheelcovers. And the skirts are not factory equipment and even if they were they would have been made of steel and not fiberglass. So far all this is custom stuff, not stock 1960 Oldsmobile. And the car appears to have been slammed (lowered) and is not riding at normal height. Publications and internet sites owe it to those who don’t know any better to describe historical things with historical accuracy.

    • Sheesh, Leon. lighten up a bit. This is supposed to be fun.

      And just because a car has had such additions as different hubcaps and fender skirts, and is lowered a bit, doesn’t mean it wasn’t restored. We’re not trying to mislead anyone.

  2. Hello I m intrested ur Oldsmobile super88 convertible 1960 pl sent me pic n details of car with good price thank u


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