FRESH ROCKET 324 CI V8, J2 TRI-POWER INDUCTION, PRICED RIGHT, SHOW OR GO, NICE!
This 1950 Oldsmobile 88 is one of the most unique hot rods you're going to come across, which is why the affordable pricing is such a surprise. With amazing pinstriping on the outside, and a very clean interior inside, this is the type of car you'll want to put straight into your collection. Then there's a heavily upgraded Rocket V8 under the hood, too. So let's just hope you can get through reading all of the details before someone else snatches this one up.
The paint on this coupe is one of the most interesting you'll ever find. It combines a nice luster of light blue and has a few rat rod touches to it as well. This might seem a bit odd to a few people but the red pinstriping completes this whole package in a way that an interesting artistic expression only can. The reason why it's so artful is the previous owner, a pinstripe professional, did all the intricate detail work. This is a rolling showcase of his talent, and it's pretty impressive with bright red stripes that highlight each of the trim pieces. But if you look a little closer you'll see trick features like the hand-painted air vents on the rear fenders that mirror those under the headlights. This Olds has plenty of other hot rod touches such as the Dietrich windshield visor, spotlights, vented hood, and red steelies behind the bright hubcaps and wheel trim. But underneath all these cool details is a well restored vehicle that has straight bodylines and complete trim with great chrome.
The interior was restored and doesn't stray too far from the original formula. The velour seating surfaces offer a level of comfort that's a cut above most other hot rod's vinyl. Matching light blue carpets were fitted and give the car an upscale feeling and there's a correct headliner overhead. The original steering wheel offers just about the coolest horn button we've ever seen, further cementing Oldsmobile's fascination with the jet age. The dash is a wonderfully simple setup with a round instrument panel and a neat row of knobs on either side. Auxiliary gauges were installed under the dash to monitor the Rocket V8 and there's an AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit for entertainment purposes. The trunk is neatly finished and remarkably spacious under that fastback roofline, so it's ready to cruise.
The reason why the engine bay looks ready for the car show is not only because all the belts, wires, and hoses look new, but also the whole Oldsmobile 324 cubic inch OHV V8 benefits from a full rebuild in 2010. There were vintage speed parts added to the restoration that included the Rochester J2 factory tri-power setup that boldly sits on top of this V8. These look especially good with the finned classic Offenhauser valve covers. The electrical system is upgraded to 12 volts with an alternator, but the rest remains the way GM built it in 1950. All of this is backed by a rodder's favorite HydraMatic automatic transmission that was rebuilt in 2012. With 3.36 gears out back, it's happy to cruise at 65 MPH without working very hard, and it always feels punchy around town with a great hit of low-end torque. The custom dual exhaust system with glasspack-style mufflers offers a retro sound, and the big wide whitewalls makes it look like it's ready to cruise the boulevard.
This is a bold hot rod with so many custom touches that people can't help but stop and stare. If you're quick enough, this amazingly affordable classic Olds can be yours. Call today!!!
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