Here is the beautiful 1956 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Holiday Hardtop Coupe. This big cruiser has got great lines and a very nice color combination.
Body-wise for Oldsmobiles, not much had changed from 1955 – it was new trim that gave the ’56 a new look. We now had a full-length body trim piece that began at the back edge of the front wheel and went all the way to the back-up light. An upper piece of trim travelling upwards in a slight arc.
For 1956, the bumper was now split with a vertical piece dividing the two halves. Rectangular parking lights could now be found in the front bumper ends.
The Super Eighty-Eight was aimed against cars like the Dodge Royal, Mercury Monterey and the Pontiac Chieftain
The Artesian Blue and Cirrus Blue paint on this Eighty-Eight is one of 26 two-tone combinations available during the 1956 model year.
Power comes from a 324 cubic inch Rocket V8 producing 240 horsepower. This was increased from just 202 horsepower in 1955.
Some available Oldsmobile options for 1956 fitted to this car
|Super Hydra-Matic Drive automatic transmission||$175|
|Deluxe push-button radio||$96|
Other available Oldsmobile options for 1956
|Power 6-way front seat||$86|
|Autronic-Eye (automatic headlamp dimmer)||$46|
|Signal seeking radio||$121|
The ’56 Eighty-Eight had a wheelbase of 122″, length 203.3″ and width of 78.6″.
If you ordered an Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Holiday Hardtop (style 56-3637) when it was new it would have cost $2,599. It was the best selling 88 model with 74,739 built and this car was made in Lansing, Michigan.
This ’56 Oldsmobile is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)