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Featured listing: We’ll be ridin’ in style all the way along – 1952 Oldsmobile Super 88

The first-generation Olds 88 was dominant in NASCAR and is widely considered to be the first muscle car


This ClassicCars.com Marketplace featured listing is a 1952 Oldsmobile Super 88 for sale in Cave Creek, Arizona. The car has just 6,150 miles on the odometer and a complete frame-off restoration.

In 2010, this car went across the block at the RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction. The current owner/seller, a former General Motors engineer, bought the car from the high bidder in 2015. It has been kept maintained but only has been driven about 200 miles since the purchase.
What made the first generation 88 so potent was its Rocket V8 engine. The 5-liter 303cid powerplant made 135 horsepower from the factory. By 1952, the Super had a four-barrel carburetor and made 160 horsepower. The 88 was the marque to beat in NASCAR as in 1949, it posted 10 victories in 19 races and in 1950, 20 victories in 41 races. It wouldn’t be until the introduction of the Hudson Hornet that the playing field was leveled again.

The Oldsmobile 88 would be one of General Motors’ longest production runs with the last and 10th-generation 88 rolling out of the factory in the 1999 model year. This car is pretty close to where it all began.

This particular Super 88, according to the seller, is in near-perfect condition. The highly desirable turquoise with black convertible top with red piping is stunning to behold. The paint is near perfect as is the chrome bumpers and grille.

The fully restored interior features an Oldsmobile Swiss-made automatic watch embedded in the lower spoke of the steering wheel. The details make this car seem almost factory new. According to records, the car was once owned by NASCAR star Jeff Gordon.

The odometer reads 6,150. The seller is unsure if this is original milage or if the odometer was “zeroed” at the time of restoration.

The 1952 Oldsmobile Super 88 has an asking price of $69,995. To view the listing on ClassicCars.com, click here.


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