STUNNING is probably an understatement to describe this very pretty 1956 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight convertible.
It was the space era and Oldsmobile were certainly heavily into their space and ‘Rocket’ theme. There was a rocket hood ornament, a rocket emblem on the rear deck and, of course, a “Rocket” engine.
1956 saw a new side trim formation on Oldsmobiles, giving a different look when the two-tone paint was used, there was a new split grille, parking lights were located inside the front bumper and revised projectile taillights were used.
Inside we have an amazing, two-tone red / white cloth and vinyl interior.
Power comes from the factory 324 cubic inch V8 ‘Rocket’ engine that produced 240 horsepower. This is paired with a Jetaway Hydra-Matic automatic transmission which was a $205 option over the standard 2-speed manual.
The Jetaway was an all-new version of the Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. As well and being smoother and more efficient, drivers now had the benefit of a Park position. Something we take for granted nowadays but prior to this the transmission would be left in Reverse and the handbrake applied.
Oldsmobile sold 9,561 Super Eighty-Eight convertibles for the 1956 model year at a base price of $3,031 and was the most expensive Super 88.
It was actually a tough year generally for the automobile industry and, despite falling sales, Oldsmobile managed to retain their fifth place in the industry selling a total of 485,458 cars.
This ’56 Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for more photos)