1955 Oldsmobile 88

This Polar White over Turquoise 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.

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.

The color scheme continues on into the car with two-tone turquoise cloth and white vinyl seating that has been replaced more recently.

1955 Oldsmobile 88 Interior

Turquoise and white interior

"Holiday" was the marketing name Oldsmobile gave to their cars that had received the pillarless treatment. Previously reserved for only their coupes, 1955 saw them also offer these slick looks to a 4-door version which proved a hit with the public.

1955 Oldsmobile Holiday Hardtop 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 together with power steering and brakes.

When new, the base price for the 1955 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Holiday Hardtop Coupe was $2,474 and 85,767 of them were produced - it was the most popular Eighty Eight model that year. This particular car has done just 85,878 documented miles.

This '56 Eighty Eight is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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