1955 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday

This Mint Green over Grove Green 1955 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Holiday Hardtop is powered by a 324 cubic inch Rocket V8 (185 horsepower), and paired with a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.

The color scheme continues on into the car with the dash painted in the same, exterior colors. Complimenting this are the two-tone green vinyl and cloth seats.

1955 Oldsmobile 88 Interior

Two-tone green interior

The four door Holiday hardtop was brand new for 1955, although released part way through the model year. Oldsmobile told us in their sale literature, "all the comfort and convenience of a 4-door!" - "all the glamour and luxury of a hardtop!" Previously the pillarless treatment was reserved for just the two-door but Oldsmobile obviously saw an opportunity to offer slick looks but with a more practical family application.

With a major reworking for 1954, Oldsmobiles saw just a modest facelift for 1955. They received a new combined bumper and grille and new side moldings and taillights. The headlamps were now hooded and the Oldsmobile globe emblem was now the center piece for the front of the hood.

1955 Oldsmobile Holiday Rear

Rear view

The Eighty-Eight has a wheelbase of 122" and an overall length of 203.4".

Some available Oldsmobile options in 1955

Option

Price

Power windows

$80

Power steering

$108

Power brakes

$38

Hydra-Matic automatic transmission

$165

Air Conditioning

$550

Autronic-Eye headlamp dimmer

$45

Back-up lights

$13

This car is equipped with optional automatic transmission and power steering and brakes.

When new, the base price for the 1955 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Holiday Hardtop was $2,546 - 41,310 of them were produced. This particular car was built in California where it has spent its entire life.

This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos´╗┐)

Recommended Reading

Oldsmobile 1948-1963 Book

Oldsmobile 1948-1963 (Limited Edition Premier) by R. Clarke

Comprehensive discussion of the development of the first post-war Oldsmobiles, going right through to the fins and chrome of the fifties and right to the beginning of the muscle car era.  Contains superb collection of descriptions and specifications.

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