1951 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight Holiday Coupe

Meet your midsummer day’s dream! was how the original sales literature introduced this Super 88 Holiday Coupe for the 1951 model year.

Seen here in two-tone green, this is a fine example of this hardtop designed with a rakish convertible silhouette.

The Super 88 sat as the middle series in the Oldsmobile lineup and had a different look to the 88 below it. The latter had maintained the look from 1950 and wouldn’t make it through the 1951 model year when it was dropped mid-way.

1951 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday

Side view

Interiors were revised for ’51 offering more room and boasted greater comfort. Seen here with correct green leather and gray nylon upholstery. It’s seen some wear over the paltry 64,827 miles the car has done in the 68 years since it was made.

1951 Olds Super 88 Interior

Leather and nylon interior

Despite Oldsmobile using a one-piece windshield since the previous year,  at the back the “wraparound” rear window is made from three sections.

51 Oldsmobile Super 88 Rear

Rear view

Under the hood the power comes from the now infamous, “Rocket” V8 engine. This 303.7 cubic inch V8 produces 135 horsepower and was the only engine offered that year. It came as standard with a 3-speed manual transmission but was available with a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission for $179 extra. An option that the original owner of this Super 88 went for.

Other options chosen include an AM radio costing $88 and heater and defroster at $42. These were the days when a heater wasn’t standard!

Priced at a base price of $2,231 for the 1951 model year, the 2-door Holiday Hardtop achieved 14,180 sales that year.

This 1951 Oldsmobile 88 is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)