1955 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight Holiday Coupe

After the big changes the year before, the 1955 Oldsmobiles experienced a mild facelift. Most notably the combined grille and bumper setup, new taillights and "flying colors" side trim giving a new look to the two-tone paint combinations.

The Super 88 sat in the middle of three series available from Oldsmobile in 1955. This Polar White over Frost Blue 2-door Holiday Hardtop was one of five models in the Super 88 line-up.

The "Holiday" designation was Oldsmobile's marketing name for the pillarless hardtop design. It proved to be a popular design and when a 4-door version was released half-way through the model year it sold nearly 50,000 units.

1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 Coupe Rear view

Rear view

Oldsmobile continued the two round dial theme for the dash. This car is also fitted with the optional Super Deluxe AM radio (center)

1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 Dash

Original Dash

The Super Eighty-Eight enjoyed a more luxurious interior than the standard Eighty-Eight. This included full carpeting and better upholstery options.

1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 interior

two-tone blue and white interior

There was now 202 horsepower for Oldsmobile's top rated "Rocket" engine which was standard in the Super 88 and 98 - up from 185 horsepower from 1954. 

1955 Oldsmobile Rocket 324 V8

Rocket 324 V8 with dual snorkel air cleaner

Priced at $2,714 the Super Eighty-Eight 2-door Holiday Hardtop was a popular car for Oldsmobile who managed to sell 62,534 of them.

The original owner of this car paid for the following options on this car: power steering ($108), Pedal-Ease power brakes ($38), safety padded instrument panel ($17), Super DeLuxe signal seeking radio ($121), Hydra-Matic Super Drive automatic transmission ($178). 

1955 was a fantastic year for Oldsmobile with 583,179 cars sold which brought their sales up nearly 65% over the 1954 figures.

This Super 88 is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

Recommended Reading

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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