You may not know this but throughout its lifetime, Oldsmobile produced around 35.2 million cars. A significant figure for a badge you don’t really see every day. The car I want to introduce to you today is the 1951 Oldsmobile Super 88.
The history behind the 88
The 88 badge was introduced sometime in 1949 and lined the automobile highway for muscle cars. Its lightweight build combined with a powerful engine meant that it became a serious competitor at the NASCAR circuit.
Oldsmobile created the Rocket V8 engine to take the place of the straight-6 engine 76. The 5.0 liter engine had a 3.75 inch bore and 3.4375 inch stroke. Eventually renowned for its reliable running, fuel economy and excellent power-to-weight ratio, the Oldsmobile 303 engine was used as inspiration for the Cadiallc in 1962. The car we have featured here is not your ordinary 88, but the Super 88 and features a 4-barrel carburetor that produces 160 hp.
My favorite features of the 1951 Oldsmobile Super 88
What I love most about this particular 1951 Oldsmobile Super 88 is the fact that it has been family owned since new and although it may have had a number of different drivers, they’ve handed the car down through the family like an heirloom. The original owner is likely to have been an America army veteran as these cars were particularly popular after WWII – the power of the engine was sought after by military men that were used to handling stronger machines.
But the engine wasn’t the only upgrade the Super 88 got. It came with an upgraded interior, restyled rear body panels and also had a wheelbase that was slightly longer (0.5 inch) than its predecessor.
For me, nothing beats that stunning chrome trim, low wheel base and sleek body frame, but the best bit has got to be the perfectly maintained interior – and the leather color even matches the rest of the car.
Are you a fan of the 1951 Oldsmobile Super 88? Or is it too old school?