1953 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight

“The New Ruling Power of the Road!” was how Oldsmobile presented their cars for the new 1953 year. The Super “88” for ’53 was the “Big Feature” car of the year. Take a look at this 1953 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight 2-door Holiday Hardtop and see if you agree.

1953 didn’t see too many styling changes for Oldsmobiles. What they did work on was some of the finer touches.

The Super Eighty-Eight was Oldsmobile’s intermediate line-up enjoying extras over the base Deluxe Eighty-Eight with such items as: rear seat robe rails, ventipane windows, more stainless steel trim and better upholstery selection. The engine provided a further 15 horsepower too!

Rear view of a red 1953 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight
rear view

This was the first year for 12 volt electrics with Oldsmobile dedicating a page in their sales literature to promote the advantages over the old 6 volt systems. It was one of the first manufacturers to do so. It allowed cars to start more easily and paved the way for more accessories to be made available.

Inside, the all-new instrument panel was ultra-modern for the time featuring a perfectly symmetrical design. Seating was comfortable with “custom-lounge” cushions with extra-thick foam rubber for smoother riding comfort.

interior shot of a 53 Oldsmobile Super 88
beautiful interior

Power comes from a 303 cubic inch, “Rocket” V8 engine with 4-barrel carburetor producing 165 horsepower. This is paired with a 4-speed Hydra-Matic Drive automatic transmission which would have cost an additional $178 over the standard 3-speed manual. This Eighty-Eight is also equipped with powered windows and front seat control from the factory which was a $131 option.

1953 Olds Rocket 303 V8 engine
Rocket 303 V8 engine

Oldsmobile produced 36,881 Super Eighty-Eight 2-door Holiday Hardtop for the 1953 model year at a base price of $2,673.  This car was built in the Lansing, Michigan assembly plant.

This ’53 Super 88 is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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