1957 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket Eighty-Eight Series

Automobiles evolved from being strictly utilitarian and economical to offering power, style, and comfort. Styling played a greater role than ever before in Oldsmobile's ascendancy during the late 1940s and well into the 1950s, thanks to General Motors' travelling Motorama shows, which inspired the company's design and engineering with a parade of shows cars and design studies. Under Oldsmobile chief stylist Art Ross, many design elements from the 98-based Fiesta and Starfire Motorama cars soon graced all of Oldsmobile's production cars.

Oldsmobile engineering took a quantum leap forward with the introduction of its all-new 303 cubic-inch 'Rocket' V-8 engine. It had an overhead-valve design and would instantly become an American performance legend. The displacement grew to 371 cubic-inches and 277 horsepower in basic form by 1957. Just prior to the AMA (American Manufacturer's Association) ban on motor racing that year, the J-2 option added a trio of two-barrel carburetors bringing horsepower to an 300-BHP. Along with the performance, the NASCAR victories helped solidify its growing reputation as GM's 'engineering' division.

In 1957, General Motor's 50th anniversary was on the horizon and to celebrate, Oldsmobile named their entire series the Golden Rockets. The 88 was restyled with a three-piece rear window treatment, and - for the first time since 1950 - buyers could purchase a station wagon. Power was from an overhead valve V8 engine displacing 371 cubic-inches and offering 277 horsepower. Standard equipment included turn signals, rubber floor mats, sun visors, armrest and bumper guards.

The 1957 Oldsmobile 88 was available as a 2- and 4-door sedan, 2- and 4-door Holiday Hardtop, convertible coupe, station wagon, and hardtop station wagon.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2015
1957 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket Eighty-Eight Series 1957 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket Eighty-Eight Series 1957 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket Eighty-Eight Series
Convertible
Chassis #: 577M45530
This 'Golden Rocket' Oldsmobile 88 Convertible is powered by the high-performance J2 triple-carburetor 371 cubic-inch engine mated to a four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. The engine has been refreshed with fewer than 500 miles of use since. The carburetors have been converted from vacuum- to mechanical linkage.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2015

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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1957 Golden Rocket Eighty-Eight Series
$3,015-$16,800
1957 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket Eighty-Eight Series Price Range: $2,475 - $3,015

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Oldsmobile
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)447,594
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)394,016
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

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