1958 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight

It's always nice to see a survivor car that's stayed in the same family since new. This is one such car with under 17,000 original miles and the original paint.  You can see in this 1958 Oldsmobile Dynamic Eighty-Eight 2-door Holiday Hardtop, presented in Banff Blue over Marlin Blue that this was a heavy year for chrome.

Oldsmobile cars saw some big styling changes this year and they looked much bigger an bulkier. Interestingly most of the cars were actually a couple of hundred pounds lighter.

1958 was a special year as it was General Motors' 50th Anniversary and Oldsmobile's 60th anniversary. Unfortunately it was also a recession year.

1958 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight rear

Distinctive rear

The Dynamic Eighty-Eight was the Entry-Level model for 1958 although it certainly wasn't lacking in appointments and style. There were seven models in the series.

The car is not perfect and its showing some signs of its long-term storage - it's not been used for around 16 years. However, it is very solid and it's originality and low-mileage make it quite special.

The interior is all original with the seating made from Dark Blue Pattern "Bolster" and Light Blue Pattern cloth.

1958 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Interior

Original interior

Despite the long-term storage and lack of use for a number of years all the gauges etc work - even the radio!

1958 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Dash

Dash

The all-important low mileage.

1958 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Low Mileage

Only 16,916 miles on the clock

The car even comes with the ORIGINAL and UNUSED spare.

1958 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Trunk

Cavernous trunk with original spare

Power comes from the 371 cubic inch Rocket V8 engine with Jetaway Hydra-Matic 4-speed automatic transmission. The latter being a $231 option.

Oldsmobile made 35,036 Dynamic Eighty-Eight 2-door Holiday Hardtops for the 1958 model year at a base price of $2,893. In addition to the Jetaway Hydra-Matic automatic transmission mentioned above, this car also has the power steering option originally costing $107 when new. It was built in the Wilmington, Delaware assembly plant.

What would you do with this low-mileage car? Would you just give it a tune up, do the minor work it needs and keep it original OR do you think it would be a great base to do a full restoration?

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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