VERY CLEAN ORIGINAL OLDS, ORIGINAL 303CI V8, ORIGINAL INTERIOR IN GREAT SHAPE
Back in 1950, this Oldsmobile 98 Holiday coupe was not only one of the most stylish cars on the road by virtue of its innovative hardtop styling, but also one of the fastest thanks to Oldsmobile's famous "Rocket" V8. Even today, it's a blast to drive and makes for one of the most handsome cars of the period.
The hardtop look arrived with the overhead valve V8 engine in 1949, instantly making Oldsmobile the big kid on the block when it came to performance. Everything else that came before it was second-place, and if you were fast, you had a Rocket under your hood. The fantastic styling of this top-of-the-line 98 Holiday coupe makes it the ideal professional hot rod of the period, and draping it in Garnet Maroon gives it the perfect upscale look. Blending a few curves left over from the 1940s and a streamlined look that would define the 1950s, this Olds was carefully refinished to a very high level and still looks fantastic following a repaint just a few years ago. The chrome and trim is beautifully done and the rocket theme repeats itself on the hood ornament and under the headlights, which resemble the intakes on a fighter plane. The three-pane rear window was a GM styling trademark, as were the lovely "globe" emblems front and rear. It's obvious this car has led a really good life.
There's plenty of evidence of that inside, where you'll find an almost 100% original interior. The cloth and leather seats have a very comfortable, inviting look that's far from looking its age. The understated colors work quite well and GM stylists worked hard to give each brand a unique look. For Oldsmobile, it was a two-tiered dashboard that put all the gauges in a single pod ahead of the driver, plus a gorgeous steering wheel that echoes the exterior styling. As Oldsmobile's top-of-the-line model, it should be no surprise that this car features power hydraulic windows and a power seat, both of which were still a big deal in 1950. There's also an AM radio in the dash and a Hydra-Matic transmission on the steering column. Chrome knobs and levers echo the aircraft theme. The trunk is unquestionably original, with factory fabric and a full-sized spare of indeterminate age.
Oldsmobile's 303 cubic inch V8 was a very big deal in 1949, and 1950 only helped cement its position as THE engine to have. The neatly dressed overhead valve V8 carries its original 2-barrel carburetor with air cleaner, Rocket valve covers with special brackets for the plug wires, and even a factory generator still making the juice. Power steering was added at some point (it wasn't OEM until 1952) and uses factory-style components so that only an expert will notice. And GM's Hydra-Matic automatic transmission delivered sparkling performance behind the fast-revving V8 engine, especially when breathing through a rumbling dual exhaust system. The chassis features originality and years of grease and dirt, but no major issues and offers more proof that this car really has been well-maintained all its life. Painted steel wheels with full wheel covers are fitted with 8.20-15 Firestone wide whites for the perfect 1950s cruiser look.
With ownership history dating almost to day one, this wonderful Oldsmobile 98 offers contemporary performance with a fantastic old-school look. Call today!
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- AM Radio
- Bias Ply Tires
- Cloth Interior
- Leather Seats
- Numbers Matching
- Power Seats
- Power Steering
- Power Windows
- Owner's Manual
- Interior Color
- Black & Gray
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