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1955 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight

By the mid-1950s, American automobile manufacturers had recovered from the war a decade earlier and civilian life had returned to normal. Exciting new automobile design and innovations were constantly being introduced, including a complete redesign of the Oldsmobile line for 1954. For 1955, the Super Eighty-Eight was given a fresh grille and other mild styling changes that kept its appearance fresh and modern. It continued to share its wheelbase, length, and platform with the entry-level Eighty-Eight series, and its engine specification with the top-of-the-line Ninety-Eight Series.

1955 was a monumental year for Oldsmobile as they produced their five-millionth automobile and set a new all-time sales record with 583,179 units produced during the model year. Of these, 111,316 were Super 88 Sedans and 63,534 were the two-door Holiday Hardtop. The four-door Holiday Hardtop was also popular, with 47,385 sales. The 2-door sedan accounted for 11,950 sales and 9,007 were convertibles.

The 1955 Olds 88 and Super 88 rested on a wheelbase that measured 122 inches and 203 inches in length. All 1955 Oldsmobile engines displaced 324 cubic-inches, but the highest specification was standard on the Super 88 and 98, with a Rochester 4GC Quadra-Jet carburetor it developed 202 horsepower and 332 lb-feet of torque. With the help of a positive-shifting four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission, the Super 88 was a precursor to the factory muscle cars of a decade later, where large and potent engines were shoe-horned into small packages.

The super Eighty-Eight came standard with floor mats, inside rearview mirror, turn signals, bumper guards, stainless steel moldings, dual horns, cigarette lighter, foam rubber seat cushions, spun glass hood insulation, rear window ventpanes, and front seatback robe cord. The interiors were upholstered in pattern cloth, leather and pattern cloth combinations, and two leather combinations. Prices ranged from $2,440 for the 2-door sedan to $2,900 for the convertible.


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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1955 Vehicle Profiles

1955 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight vehicle information

Sedan

'Make a date with a Rocket 88' - The full size Oldsmobile 88 was introduced in 1949 and produced until 1999. The 88 was produced in Wentzville, MO, Flint and Lake Orion, MI, and became a top seller for 24 years. The 202 horsepower engine is a light....[continue reading]

1955 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 225K21523

Oldsmobile's 'Rocket' engine was introduced in 1949. For 1950, sales had doubled versus 1947 and then doubled the 1947 results yet again by 1955. Oldsmobile set sales records by 1955 with well over 580,000 cars being built. They were ranked fifth ....[continue reading]

1955 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight vehicle information

Sedan

In 1955, Oldsmobile produced their five-millionth automobile. Oldsmobile's reputation for performance was firmly established, thanks in part to the successful overhead-valve 'Rocket' V8 introduced just six years earlier. With 'Rocket' V8 power, the 8....[continue reading]

1955 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 558B7821

This 1955 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 Convertible has been treated to a restoration and finished in Turquoise and White two-toned interior with a matching Turquoise and White exterior. Power is from a Rocket V-8 fitted to a Hydra-Matic transmission. The car....[continue reading]

Sedan
 
Convertible
Chassis #: 225K21523 
Sedan
 
Convertible
Chassis #: 558B7821 

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Price Comparison

1955 Super Eighty-Eight
$2,890-$18,050
1955 Oldsmobile Super Eighty-Eight Price Range: $2,435 - $2,890

Other 1955 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
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)347,141
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

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