1955 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight

More power, more colors inside and out and Flying Color styling was how the Oldsmobile marketing department were describing their beautiful cars for 1955.

Ninety Eight was top-of-the-line for Oldsmobile in 1955 and consisted of four models: a four-door sedan, four-door Holiday Hardtop, Starfire Convertible and the two-door Holiday Hardtop you see here.

Holiday was Oldsmobile’s name for their pillarless hardtop models.

Side view of the 1955 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight
side view

The Ninety-Eight had a longer wheelbase than the other series in the lineup at 126 inches rather than 122 inches. This car is in Polar White over Bimini Blue metallic paint.

Even more colors were available in ’55 over the previous year – a total of nineteen solid colors and seventy-five two-tone combinations were available for the exterior. Oldsmobile described there new, more colorful cars as their Flying Color scheme and was shown off with their side profile “GO-AHEAD” look, a combination of the swept-cut wheel openings and attractive molding package that separated the two-tone colors. This car shows off the Polar White over Coral combination.

Interestingly, only the 98 had a true swept-cut rear wheel opening. The Eighty-Eight and Super Eighty-Eight all used a rear fender skirt that was cut to give the appearance of one.

Even more fabrics and colors were on offer for the interior too.

1955 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday Hardtop
rear view

Standard equipment for the more luxurious Ninety-Eight models included: electric clock, hand brake light, custom cushion lounge seats and a safety padded instrument panel.

1955 Oldsmobile 98 Interior / Instrument Panel
interior / dash

Super 88s and 98s both enjoyed a 324 cubic inch V8 with 4-barrel carburetor with a power output of 202 horsepower (the 88 got a 2-barrel carburetor and achieved 185 hp).

A Ninety-Eight 2 door Holiday hardtop would have cost you around $3,069 plus any options back in 1955. Oldsmobile managed to sell 38,363 of them.

Options on this car include – (original cost in brackets) : power steering ($108) , power brakes ($38), 4-way power front seat ($65), powered windows ($80), Autronic Eye headlight dimmer ($45) and self-seeking radio ($121).

This ’55 Oldsmobile 98 is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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