1956 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight

There's only 47,000 miles on this 1956 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight 4-door Holiday Hardtop. It's 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.

1956 Oldsmobile 88 4-dr Holiday - side view

Side view

The Super Eighty-Eight was aimed against cars like the Dodge Custom Royal, Mercury Montclair and the Pontiac Star Chief.

1956 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Rear

Note the dual exhausts exiting from the rear bumper

Extra "luxuries" on the Super 88 included; 88 script on the deck lid, courtesy lights, front fender medallions and foam rubber seat cushions.

1956 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Interior Shot

Great styling for the interior

Power comes from a 324 cubic inch Rocket V8 producing 240 horsepower. This was increased from just 202 horsepower in 1955.

1956 Oldsmoble Rocket 88 324 V8 engine

Rocket 88 324 cubic inch V8 engine

Some available Oldsmobile options for 1956 fitted to this car

Option

Price

Super Hydra-Matic Drive automatic transmission

$175

Power steering

$100

Power brakes

$37

Electric clock

$13

Deluxe 6-tube push-button radio

$96

Electric antenna

$21

Other available Oldsmobile options for 1956

Option

Price

Power 6-way front seat

$86

Power windows

$90

Autronic-Eye (automatic headlamp dimmer)

$46

Tinted Windows

$30

Signal seeking radio

$121

The '56 Super Eighty-Eight had a wheelbase of 122", length 203.3" and width of 78.6".

This car is fitted with optional power steering, power brakes, automatic transmission, factory clock and AM radio with power antenna. The Super Eighty-Eight benefits from full carpeting whereas the standard Eighty-Eight originally came with rubber floor mats.

If you ordered an Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight 4-door Holiday Hardtop (style 56-3639) when it was new it would have cost $2,586. There were 61,192 built with this car made in Kansas City, Kansas then sold in Denver, Colorado.

This car 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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