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Oldsmobile Super 88 - 1955
In 1955 the super 88, now in its fifth year of production, was oldsmobiles best-selling series, with more than 240,000 convertibles, two-door sedans and coupes and four-door sedans sold. Another 170,000 customers bought super 88s in 1956.
Top speed of 110 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-valve, v8
displacement 324.3 cu. In. Power rating 202240 hp transmission 3-speed automatic
chassis: Independent front suspension by upper and lower a-arms and coil springs, rear suspension by live axle and semi-elliptic leaf springs; Drum brakes; 3,795-3,947 lbs.
price: $2,894 in 1955, $2,726 in 1956
Family hot rod
oldsmobile introduced the super 88 in 1951 in response to consumer demand for a car that was smaller than the 98 but more performance-minded than the 88. The company certainly achieved its goal. The super 88 was almost 200 lbs. Lighter than the 98, and its wheelbase was 4 in. Shorter, but with the 98s powerful 324-cu.-in., 202hp rocket v8 engine, it was the fastest olds on the road. In 1956, when horsepower was jumped to 240, the super 88 earned the sobriquet of family hot rod.
the interior of the super 88 was similar to that of the 88, but customers had the choice of cloth or leather upholstery, and for 1956 front and rear carpeting was added. Two-tone body molding was popular on all models except the convertible, which was the most expensive car in
the series. But even at a base price of $2,894 in 1955 and $2,726 in 1956, more than 18,500 super 88 convertibles were sold during those two years
This 1955 oldsmobile super 88 convertible sports a two-tone finish, but unlike other models, most convertibles were one-tone.
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