Oldsmobile F-88: Aptly dubbed one of the “10 Coolest Cars” by a popular blog site, Oddee, the Oldsmobile F-88 certainly fit the 1950s-era General Motors idea to build the automobiles of the future. Sometimes, this meant that cars featured Space Age inspired gauges, while others had a cool copper metallic sheen that could easily provoke thoughts of a new age outer space gadget.
In 1954, General Motors debuted the Oldsmobile F-88, and it was added to a series of traveling Motorama shows, moving by truck and caravan alike across the United States. The 2 passenger car was an experimental one, and focused on high-performance. Its designer, Harley Earl, created the car with the intent that it would far surpass the Corvette. Unfortunately, the car never went into production after others convinced the GM board of directors that it should not be produced, consequently, only four were ever built.
The F-88 had an impressive list of specifications, to be sure. Its V8 engine, 4-speed hydromatic transmission, and power windows and door latches beat the Corvette of the times, and would have outrun a Ford Thunderbird. It reached 250 horsepower.
Already rare, the car became even more coveted as only one has survived all these years. It was sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in the summer of 2005 for a whopping $3,240,000.00 to the founder of the Discovery Channel, John S. Hendricks.