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1955 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 Convertible
Beautifully Restored – Rocket V8 – Spectacular!
Oldsmobile introduced the 88 badge in 1949. It was named to complement the already-existing 76 and 98, and took the place of the Oldsmobile Straight-8 engine 78 in the model lineup. The new car used the same new Futuramic B-body platform as the Oldsmobile Straight-6 engine 76 but paired it with the powerful new Rocket V8 engine. This combination of a relatively small light body and large, powerful engine made it a precursor to the muscle car. The Rocket 88 vaulted Oldsmobile from a somewhat staid, conservative car to a performer that became the one to beat on the NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) circuits. It won six of the nine NASCAR late-model division races in 1949, 10 of 19 in 1950, 20 of 41 in 1952, and was the first real “King of NASCAR.”
The 88 enjoyed a great success, inspiring a popular 1950s slogan, “Make a Date with a Rocket 88”, and also a song, “Rocket 88”, often considered the first rock and roll record. Starting with the trunk-lid emblem of the 1950 model, Oldsmobile would adopt the rocket as its logo, and the 88 name would remain in the Olds lineup until the late 1990s, almost until the end of Oldsmobile itself.
The 1955 models were heavily face-lifted with new grillework, taillights and body-side chrome. Horsepower for the 324-cubic-inch Rocket V8 increased to 185 for 88s and 202 for Super 88s.
Our 1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible is a restored gem. Featuring a beautiful two-toned red and white exterior, with a gem red interior – Ready for the road or show. The 325CID Rocket V8 engine and hydromatic transmission truly give this massive car some punch and make it a blast to drive. The engine compartment is faithfully detailed and it looks like new.
The car includes fender skirts and features a traffic light viewer on the dashboard. Recent restoration in 2012 included new paint and a new convertible top. Overall this Oldsmobile is in superb mechanical condition.