1958 Oldsmobile Super 88

As the United States auto companies began to embrace more futuristic looks of the late 1950s and early 1960s, due in large part to the beginning of the country’s fixation on outer space, chrome started to make its appearance more and more. The 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 was also called the “Chrome Mobile” because of the sheer amount of chrome on the body. The entry level Super 88, the Dynamic 88, ran from 1958-1966, and like the Super, it also had its fair share of chrome. For now, we’ll focus on the 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88.

The Super 88 was available in several different body styles: sedan, station wagon, hardtop, and convertible. Of those, the holiday hardtop versions are the most rare. To help the car glide along the road, buyers could opt for one of two transmission types, a 3-speed manual or an Automatic Jetaway Hyrda-Matic. Turning the ignition brought the Rocket 88 V8, 371 cubic inch (6 liter) engine roaring to life. Producing 305 horsepower at 4600 rpm, this engine was great for power that only added to the car’s cool looks. The car was quite heavy, weighing in at more than 4100 pounds. Purchasing the vehicle meant ponying up the $3110 starting price, which is equivalent to about $24,791 and change in today’s dollars.

Today, it is certainly not a surprise to see a 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 at a classic car show, and it can be quite enjoyable to give this car a new paint job and shine the chrome to give it an extra pop at a show. Driving one of these classic cars is a thrill in and of itself, but it only gets better when driving one of the rare holiday hardtops.

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The 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 was also called the "Chrome Mobile" because of the sheer amount of chrome on the body. The entry level Super 88, the Dynamic 88, ran from 1958-1966.The 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 was also called the "Chrome Mobile" because of the sheer amount of chrome on the body. The entry level Super 88, the Dynamic 88, ran from 1958-1966.

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3 Responses to 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88

  1. verdell jacobson says:

    58 olds was a classic car,my brother had a 2 door ht. fun fast and sharp to look at.miss those cars.

  2. dave says:

    My Dad grew up in the late 20’s/30’s without a lot as did many of that era…after fighting overseas in WW2 he returned to enter the work force and eventually starting his own small company…The Olds was the dream car of many young men of that era and Dad proudly bought/owned and drove many with pride….It was a sign of success for many….I can remember driving his rocket 350 and his 455 as a teenager and what a “Powerful” Rush it was…He actually started me off driving his 2 door 88 somewhere around 12 yrs old with by friend pushing the seat back forward so I could reach the gas and brake !!!!!! My self I had a love affair with chevys of the 60.s..doing all of my work myself…I had Many Many over the years but the all time favorite was the white with red interior 62 Impala SS convertible with the 327 4 speed…I pampered that car for 18 years only running it 10,ooo. miles and finally loaded in onto a train car to be shipped to a buyer on clear across Canada so I could purchase 100 Acres of old growth forest on top of a nearby mountain…..which was a better investment in the long run as My family used that land weekly for many years growing up and like all land…Its appreciating in value yearly. One other reason I wanted to part with my beauty was the fact that the 327..300 Horse Power and the 4 gear made it impossible to drive it with any hint of maturity and sanity no matter how grey my hair became…Nothing short of a speedometer burring RUSH !!!!!!

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