"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 Sedan in Pearl Gray 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!
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.
The interior looks lovely and is in remarkable condition and the gray upholstery really compliments the exterior. There is under 30,000 miles on the clock and, while the car has had restoration "as needed" over the years, it has all the signs that this could well be the original miles.
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 Super Drive automatic transmission.
Oldsmobile produced 36,824 Super Eighty-Eight 2-door Sedans for the 1953 model year. The base price was $2,253 and this car was built in the Wilmington, Delaware assembly plant.
This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)