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1954 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight

Within Oldsmobile's three-model-lineup for 1954, the Super Eighty-Eight was positioned above the base Eighty-Eight series and the top-of-the-line Ninety-Eight. With over 187,800 sales for the model year, the Super 88 accounted for over 50-percent of 1954 Oldsmobile sales.

The Super 88 shares its wheelbase and footprint with the Eighty-Eight series and had the same engine specification as the Ninety-Eight Series. The entire Oldsmobile line was completely restyled, becoming lower and wider, and loosing a little in height, but growing in length which translated to more interior and storage room. The confusing Deluxe name on the entry-level 88 was gone, and a single 324 CID V8 engine was offered, although the 88 had a slightly de-tuned version.
The new wraparound windows in the front and rear were also used on the upscale Buick and Cadillac models for 1954. The Chevrolet and Pontiac models continued to use the more antiquated flatter glass. The Oldsmobile styling had European design influences with its gentle use of chrome, a grille that tapered at the edges into the bumpers, and a simple and elegant interior. The overall design scheme was modern, balanced, and attractive, and complimented the vehicles performance, engineering, and craftsmanship.

Body styles on the Super Eighty-Eight included a Holiday Hardtop, convertible, and 2- and 4-door sedan. Once again, the sedan proved the most popular with 111,326 examples sold. The Holiday Hardtop found 42,155 willing buyers and 27,882 examples of the 2-door sedan found homes.

Standard equipment included a deck lid ornament, foam rubber seat cushions, bumper guards, rubber simulated carpets, cigarette lighter, aluminum door sill plates, linked trunk, dual horns, 7.60 x 15-inch tires, turn signals, and chrome rocker panel moldings. The interior upholstery was either nylon and Orlon cloth, or various colored leathers.


by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2020

Related Reading : Oldsmobile 88 History

Introduced in 1949, the full-size Oldsmobile 88 was produced until 1999 and became the top-selling line for twenty-four years. Produced in Wentzville, Missouri, and both Flint and Lake Orion, Michigan, the Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight was a representation of an image. Especially during the beginning three years, the Oldsmobile 88 was one of the best performing automobiles. This was most likely due to its....
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1954 Vehicle Profiles

1954 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight vehicle information

Holiday Hardtop

When the Oldsmobile 88 was introduced in 1949 it shared the same platform as the 76. One of the main differences was the larger, more powerful Rocket V8 engine. The song 'Rocket 88' helped in the vehicles popularity. In 1951 the Super 88 model was....[continue reading]

1954 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight vehicle information

Holiday Hardtop

The 1954 Super 88 was considered Oldsmobile's 'bread-and-butter' series; it had a base price of $2,448. This Super 88 was originally purchased on April 3, 1954 by Mildred Rassenfoss of Stockton, California. Several hundred dollars worth of convenie....[continue reading]

1954 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 548C9775

This Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible is powered by a 324 cubic-inch V8 engine breathing through a 4-barrel carburetor and mated to a Hydra-Matic transmission. It has two-tone leather interior, power steering, a spot light, and a Continental kit with ....[continue reading]

Holiday Hardtop
 
Holiday Hardtop
 
Convertible
Chassis #: 548C9775 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1954 Super Eighty-Eight
$2,510-$18,050
1954 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight Price Range: $2,185 - $2,510

Other 1954 Oldsmobile Models

Rocket 88

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
187,815
122.00 in.
8 cyl., 324.00 CID., 170.00hp
$2,185 - $2,510
72,861
122.00 in.
8 cyl., 324.00 CID., 170.00hp
$2,065 - $2,230
242,192
122.00 in.
8 cyl., 324.00 CID., 240.00hp
$2,435 - $2,890
216,019
122.00 in.
8 cyl., 324.00 CID., 230.00hp
$2,170 - $2,400
179,000
122.00 in.
8 cyl., 324.00 CID., 240.00hp
$2,300 - $2,730

Industry Production

#1#2#3Oldsmobile
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)382,865
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)296,374
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)384,390
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)485,458
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)583,179
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)354,001
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)334,462
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)213,419
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)285,615
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)407,889
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)288,310

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