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 4-door Holiday Hardtop looks great in Glacier Blue. What's more this car has only 26,000 miles on it since it was new!

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.

1961 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88

Side view

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 Dynamic 88 Rear

Distinctive rear

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

1961 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Interior

Great interior!

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.

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

Oldsmobile produced 51,562 Dynamic Eighty-Eight 4-door Holiday Hardtops for the 1961 model year. The original price would have started at $3,034 although this car is also fitted with the following options: AM Radio ($66), power steering ($108), power brakes ($43), courtesy lamps ($5) and Hydra-Matic automatic transmission at $231. It was originally built in Linden, New Jersey.

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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