1961 Oldsmobile Dynamic Eighty-Eight

It was complete restyle time for Oldsmobile with an all-new body and chassis for 1961. Rocket ship styling was still the order of the day with this 1961 Oldsmobile Dynamic Eighty-Eight 2-door Holiday Hardtop!

A year previously the Dynamic Eighty-Eight was the base model. With the introduction of the F-85 compact, it was now a level up. Primary competition would be from cars like the Buick LeSabre, Chevrolet Impala and Pontiac Catalina.

Oldsmobile were now pushing a much more luxurious, premium package. Even the lower spec Dynamic 88s were slightly more expensive than Chevrolet’s top-of-the-line Impala.

1961 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Rear
Distinctive rear

This ‘Bubble Top’ Eighty Eight is a real survivor having done just 62,000 miles in its life with just one repaint during that time.

Inside, the vinyl and cloth seating has been well preserved and not bad considering they are 60 years old.

Interior of 1961 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88
well preserved original interior!

Also available that year in both the Holiday Coupe and the Holiday Sedan in the Dynamic 88 series was an optional Starglo Morocceen interior. This all-vinyl trim was long-wearing and easy to wash. It was a no-cost option. The padded dash was a standard feature.

A neat feature is the Safety Spectrum Speedometer. There is a colored band, indicating speed that travels from left to right as the speed increases. It starts off green up to 35 mph, then changes to orange up to 65 mph when it changes to red.

Futuristic dash and instrument panel of a 61 Olds 88
‘Futuristic’ instrument panel / dash

Power comes from the 250 horsepower 394 cubic inch V8 Rocket engine and came standard on the Eighty-Eights. This is paired with a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission – a $231 option.

1961 Oldsmobile 394 V8 Rocket
394 V8 Rocket engine

The Dynamic 88 is 212″ long with a wheelbase of 123″ and is 77.2″ wide.

Oldsmobile sold 19,872 Dynamic 88 2-door Holiday Hardtops during the 1961 model year. The original price would have started at $2,956 although this car is also fitted with the following options: AM Radio ($66), power steering ($108), power brakes ($43) and Hydra-Matic automatic transmission at $231. It was originally built in Lansing, Michigan.

This ’61 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)