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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1959 Oldsmobile Super 88

The Rocket 88 all grown up

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Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is this restored 1959 Oldsmobile Super 88 two-door hardtop. The Olds is powered by a 394cid Rocket V8 bolted to a four-speed automatic transmission. Equipment includes Coker whitewall tires, power steering, aftermarket auxiliary gauges, power brakes, and dual exhaust system. Finished in white and red over a tri-tone red/gray/ivory vinyl and cloth interior, this Super 88 comes with restoration records and a clear title in the seller’s name.

Nineteen fifty-nine was a pivotal year for General Motors. Not only was its lineup a response to Chrysler Corporation’s Forward Look, but it also was a step away from the excesses of its 1958 roster. The designs were new, fresh, and sleek. On Oldsmobile’s end, the entry-level model was Dynamic 88, with Super 88 and 98 completing the series. A 394 V8 was new for the latter two, while the Dynamic 88 continued to use the 371. The J-2 tri-carb option was cancelled.

The Polaris White (code C) and Cardinal Red (code L) exterior was restored under the prior owner’s 28-year ownership. Features include rocker moldings, driver-side mirror, antenna, and dual exhaust system with chrome tips.

Steel 15-inch wheels with polished hubcaps and trim rings are wrapped in Coker whitewall tires.

The interior is fitted with red and ivory vinyl with gray cloth upholstery for the front and rear seats. Features include power steering, heater, lap belts, push-button AM radio, and courtesy lighting.

Instrumentation includes a 120-mph speedometer and fuel gauge. An aftermarket gauge cluster measuring voltage, coolant temperature, and oil pressure has been added under the dash. The five-digit mechanical odometer reads 79,251 miles, which the seller reports to be accurate. When sold by the original owner in 1993, the odometer read 52,358 miles.

The 315-horsepower 394 Rocket V8 is fed by a four-barrel carburetor and channels power to the rear wheels via a column-shifted four-speed Jetaway Hydra-Matic automatic.

Braking is performed by power-assisted drums. Power is funneled through a solid rear-drive axle.

The auction for this 1959 Oldsmobile Super 88 two-door hardtop ends Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 12:15 p.m. (MST)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

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Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in metropolitan Phoenix.

9 COMMENTS

  1. One of our friends had a 98 convertible with black over light blue paint and matching interior. Quite striking. Reminded me of a Black Jack candy box.

  2. My Dad had a 1959 Olds 88 convertible, loved that car ,he used to let me drive it all the time ,rode great and a lot of room for my friends

  3. My first car was a gold super 88 . 100 bucks in 1967 for a rust free southern car. Pasted everthing but a gas station .

  4. 1 love all of the GM full size cars in 1959.My dad was a GM guy, and bought a new Olds or Pontiac every year!In 1959, the first year of Pontiacs Wide-Track campaign.I walked into the GM dealer, with my dad, and sitting front and center, the front end of a 1959 Pontiac Catalina, in medium blue, my favorite color.After a 30 minutes of haggling, the deal was done! Because it was 4in. wider than the 1958 models and having that enique styled, front grill, I thought everyone was staring at us, anywhere we drove!1959 was a very good year.

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