1955 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Starfire Convertible

Here's a very striking car and color combination. A 1955 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Starfire Convertible in Coral and Caspian Cream. Together with the new side trim this was Oldsmobile's new "flying-color" styling!

It was Oldsmobile's finest, their flagship model for 1955. Competing with cars such as the Buick Super, Chrysler Windsor Deluxe, Packard Clipper Custom etc.

There was a new bumper and grille up front although it kept that distinctive Olds look by retaining the over-arching upper grille. At the rear, taillights were also revised.

1955 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible Rear

Rear view

The Ninety-Eight was 212.4 inches long with a wheelbase 4 inches longer that the Eighty-Eight at 126 inches.  You'll notice the swept-cut rear wheel opening of the "98" on two-door models - other models used a rear fender skirt shaped to give the impression of "swept-cut".

1955 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible - side view

Side view

For that added touch of luxury the convertible came with cushion lounge leather seats and two-tone color scheme to match the exterior. Oldsmobile described it as "glamor-on-the-go". It came complete with power windows which were standard on convertibles but an $80 on other models.

1955 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Convertible Interior

Matching interior

This car is also fitted with air conditioning which, for 1955, had just been moved under the hood from the trunk. Now cowl-mounted, the ducts and vents were integrated into the instrument panel. This gave more room in the trunk and the interior looked better for it too.

Power comes from the 202 horsepower 324 cubic inch V8 Rocket engine with 4-barrel carburetor. This is paired with the Hydra-Matic Super Drive automatic transmission - a $165 option over the standard 3-speed manual.

1955 Oldsmobile Rocket 324 cubic inch V8

324 cubic inch V8 - 202 horsepower

Oldsmobile produced 9,149 Ninety-Eight Starfire Convertibles for the 1955 model year at a base price of $3,276. Also fitted with Hydra-Matic Super Drive ($165), power brakes ($38), power steering ($108), power front seat ($65) and air conditioning ($550) this car was originally assembled in Atlanta, Georgia.

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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