1940 Oldsmobile Series 70

1940 Oldsmobile Series 70 1940 Oldsmobile Series 70 1940 Oldsmobile Series 70
Sedan
The Dynamic 'Series 70' was the middle series offering from Oldsmobile. It was positioned between the Series 60 and the upscale Series 90. Five body styles were available on the Series 70 120-inch wheelbase platform. Base price of the Olds 70 Series was $963 without optional equipment and accessories.

This 4-Door Sedan was given a body-off restoration which included an engine rebuild, but the original interior was left untouched.

1940 Oldsmobile Series 70 1940 Oldsmobile Series 70 1940 Oldsmobile Series 70
Station Wagon
Coachwork: Mid-State Body Company
Chassis #: G392457
Engine #: G159096
Sold for $46,200 at 2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction.
The G-Series 70 was introduced for the 1939 model and was given a wheelbase that measured 120 inches. It shared this platform with the top-of-the-line L-Series 90 Eight. They were available in a variety of body styles including four two-door models and a four-door sedan.

For 1949, the letter designations were dropped in favor of names. The G-Series became the Dynamic and nearly 80,000 examples were produced that year.

This particular example is a Station Wagon that was only offered by Oldsmobile on the bottom of the line special 60-Series. It had the same wheelbase and dimensions as the Chevrolet Special Deluxe Wagon. The production of wagons, as was the custom at the time, was outsourced to outside body companies. One such company was Mid-State Body Company in Waterloo, New York.

This Oldsmobile appears to wear a one-off custom station wagon body. It was found in a barn in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania where it rested from 1958 until 1988 when it was discovered by J.W. Norman. The barn was slated for demolition when Mr. Norman spotted the unique vehicle and quickly struck a deal for the car. In the years that followed, it was given a restoration that took about two decades to complete. As much of the original wood was retained as possible. The parchment type interior panels were also salvaged where possible.

This wagon is powered by a 230 cubic-inch L-head six-cylinder engine with a single Downdraft carburetor and offering nearly 100 horsepower. There is a 3-speed manual transmission and 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2015
1940 Oldsmobile Series 70 1940 Oldsmobile Series 70 1940 Oldsmobile Series 70
Business Coupe
For the 1940 model year, Oldsmobile introduced the Hydra-Matic Drive.

This particular example is a Business Coupee, which was the lowest priced body style. Instead of a back seat, this style had storage space behind the front seat. This was an ideal choice for the business man who often carried around sample cases.

This particular example was re-purchased by the dealer who sold it new. Currently, it has just 17,000 miles and is totally original. The car is powered by an L-Head six-cylinder engine displacing 230 cubic-inches and offering nearly 100 horsepower. It has a wheelbase that measures 120 inches and had an original base price of $865. Total production reached 4,337 examples.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2016
The Oldsmobile G-Series 70 was introduced in 1939 and would remain in production until the onset of World War II. The new G-Series had the previous L-Series chassis and powered by the smaller F-Series powerplant. The L-head, 230 cubic-inch unit offered 95 horsepower and 180 foot-pounds of torque. The wheelbase measured 120 inches and was 197-inches long. The bodystyles were similar to the L-Series cars and included a convertible, business coupe, club coupe, and 2- and 4-door sedan. Sales were strong, with most buyers purchasing the 4-door sedan (of which 38,145 units were sold).

For 1940, the Series 70 remained on a 120-inch platform and was powered by a 95 HP, six-cylinder motor. The five bodystyles were still available.

For 1941, the Series 70 Dynamic Cruiser was available as the 76 which used a stright-6 and the 78 which had a straight-8. The Model 78 was retired after the 1949 introduction of the new Oldsmobile 88, which was based on the Series 70. It also brought with it the new Rocket V8. The Model 76 remained in production until 1950.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2011

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1940 Series 70
$1,045-$6,300
1940 Oldsmobile Series 70 Price Range: $865 - $1,045

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Oldsmobile
1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)67,783
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)270,040
1940Ford (541,896)Chevrolet (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)192,692
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)137,249
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)99,951
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)200,886
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)200,546
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)126,768

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