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1956 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight

Here is the beautiful 1956 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Holiday Hardtop Coupe. This big cruiser has got great lines and a very nice color combination.

Body-wise for Oldsmobiles, not much had changed from 1955 – it was new trim that gave the ’56 a new look. We now had a full-length body trim piece that began at the back edge of the front wheel and went all the way to the back-up light. An upper piece of trim travelling upwards in a slight arc.

For 1956, the bumper was now split with a vertical piece dividing the two halves. Rectangular parking lights could now be found in the front bumper ends.

1956 Oldsmobile 88 2-dr Holiday - side view
side view

The Eighty-Eight was aimed to complete against cars like the Dodge Royal, Mercury Monterey and the Pontiac Chieftain

rear view of a 56 Oldsmobile 88 coupe
Rear view

The Nordic Blue and Cirrus Blue paint on this Eighty-Eight is one of 26 two-tone combinations available during the 1956 model year.

Interior of a 1956 Oldsmobile 88 coupe
Great interior styling

Power comes from a 324 cubic inch Rocket V8 producing 240 horsepower. This was increased from just 202 horsepower in 1955.

324 cubic inch Rocket V8 by Oldsmobile
324 cubic inch Rocket V8


Option Price
Super Hydra-Matic Drive automatic transmission $175
Deluxe push-button radio $96
Power steering $100


Option Price
Power 6-way front seat $86
Power brakes $37
Power windows $90
Autronic-Eye (automatic headlamp dimmer) $46
Tinted Windows $30
Signal seeking radio $121
Electric antenna $21
Electric clock


The ’56 Eighty-Eight had a wheelbase of 122″, length 203.3″ and width of 78.6″.

If you ordered an Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Holiday Hardtop (style 56-3637) when it was new it would have cost $2,599. It was the best selling 88 model with 74,739 built and this car was made in Lansing, Michigan.

This ’56 Oldsmobile is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for more photos)

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