1956 Olds Super 88
The 1956 Olds Super 88 and other members of the 88’s second generation are considered to be among the most stylish and collectible of the cars of the 1950s. The 88 came out in 1949 and continued to be produced by the GM division until 1999. For the first half of that admirable run, the 88 outsold everything else in the Oldsmobile line-up. The series included several different levels over the years. The Super, especially the 1956 Olds Super 88 was one of the most popular.
The success of the 1956 Olds Super 88 and other 88 models can be attributed to a combination of its performance, light weight and small size compared to similar models, and V8 engines. The creators of the first 88 in 1949 achieved these attributes by using the B-body of the 76, a smaller car, in combination with a new, bigger engine, the Rocket V8. A small body plus a big engine equals a great car.
On top of the great performance of the 1956 Olds Super 88, the car had great styling. This included GM’s futuristic-looking and popular wraparound panoramic windshield and a more modern, squared-off appearance in comparison to the first generation models.
Oldsmobile introduced the Super trim level in 1951 as an upscale set of options. This included a more luxurious interior, but the engine was the Rocket for both the base and the Super. By the time the 1956 Olds Super 88 appeared on the scene, the engine power had increased for this upper trim level. Both the base and the Super still received the Rocket V8, but the Super got a scant 10 extra horsepower for a full 240, thanks to four carburetors.
The 1956 Olds Super 88 was not only popular in its time. Today, collectors value this model for its quality construction, good performance, powerful engine and lightweight body, and its classic, yet understated ‘50s styling. Keep your eyes peeled for one of these collectible pieces of American automotive history, as they are worthy items for any classic collection.