1955 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight Convertible

It was 1955 and Oldsmobile were out in front... with the new "Go-Ahead" look! At least that's what their sales literature was saying. The reality was that it was a minor restyle having revamped the cars completely the previous year.

They had already produced a great-looking automobile so minor styling changes were enough to give the buyers something a little more fresh. What they did also get was a more powerful "Rocket" engine and plenty more color choices with a total of 75 color combinations (up from 57). This stunning 1955 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight Convertible is in one of those new color combinations - Burlingame Red over Polar White. The public must have loved them as Oldsmobile sales were up nearly 65% from 1954 figures.

The '55 is instantly recognizable with its distinctive "Flying Colors" tapered teardrop that ran rearward over the rear wheels.

1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible

Rear view

Having had a frame up restoration, this 98,000 mile car looks showroom fresh.

1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 Side View

Side view with the top up.

Inside, the convertible Super 88 enjoyed a leather interior as standard.

1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible Interior

Two-tone leather interior

Under the hood there is a 202 horsepower, 324 cubic inch "Rocket" V8 engine which was the more powerful of the two engines Oldsmobile had on offer for 1955.  This is paired with Hydra-Matic Drive automatic transmission which would have cost an additional $178.

1955 Oldsmobile 324 V8 Rocket Engine

Rocket 202 Engine

Oldsmobile managed to sell a total of 9,007 Super 88 Convertibles for the 1955 model year at a base price of $2,894. It was the most expensive of the middle series cars. In addition to the Hyrda-Matic transmission mentioned above, this car also benefits from: power steering ($108), Pedal-Ease power brakes ($38), DeLuxe wheel covers ($28), padded instrument panel ($17) and a DeLuxe radio ($94).

This Super Eighty-Eight Convertible 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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