1956 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight

Stunning is probably an understatement to describe this very pretty 1956 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight 4-door Holiday hardtop.

It was the space era and Oldsmobile were certainly heavily into their space and 'Rocket' theme. There was a rocket hood ornament, a rocket emblem on the rear deck and, of course, a "Rocket" engine.

1956 saw a new side trim formation on Oldsmobiles, giving a different look when the two-tone paint was used, there was a new split grille, parking lights were located inside the front bumper and revised projectile taillights were used.

1956 Oldsmobile Super 88

Rear view

Inside we have an amazing, two-tone tan cloth and vinyl interior.

1956 Oldsmobile Super 88 Interior

Gray / white vinyl interior

Power comes from the factory 324 cubic inch V8 'Rocket' engine that produced 240 horsepower. This is paired with a Jetaway Hydra-Matic automatic transmission which was a $205 option over the standard 2-speed manual.

56 Oldsmobile 324 V8

324 V8 - 230 horsepower

The Jetaway was an all-new version of the Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. As well and being smoother and more efficient, drivers now had the benefit of a Park position.  Something we take for granted nowadays but prior to this the transmission would be left in Reverse and the handbrake applied.

1956 Oldsmobile Speedometer with Jetaway

Jetaway - now with Park

Oldsmobile sold 61,192 Super Eighty-Eight 4-door Holiday Hardtops for the 1956 model year at a base price of $2,881 and was the best selling Super 88. In fact, it was the 2nd best selling model of the entire Oldsmobile range that year.

It was actually a tough year generally for the automobile industry and, despite falling sales, Oldsmobile managed to retain their fifth place in the industry.

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

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