1940 Oldsmobile Special Six Two Door SedanSOLD
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Estimate: $20,000-$30,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $16,500

95bhp, 230 cu in. L-head inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed Hydra-matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116

For 1940, Oldsmobile presented itself to the motoring public as "The Car That Has Everything". Looking at these beautifully styled cars, one can see how, at the time, this division of General Motors was the leader of innovation in both styling and mechanical advancements. It had been a dream to have a true clutchless shifter, and while earlier attempts had lead partially in that direction, the Hydra-matic would be hailed as the greatest achievement in reaching this goal.

Oldsmobile styling was also an industry leader and the 1940 models were beautiful works of art. Details and trim items were fabricated by skilled and talented artisans of the day hired and nurtured by GM's top stylist, Harley Earl. Starting with the front grille and continuing to the rear, the proportions and attention to little things kept customers coming back and always wondering what the boys in Lansing would be offering next. Many automotive fans raved about the dashboard design and layout, citing its easy to read gauges and continuing themes of styling that started on the outside.

The 1940 Oldsmobile Special Six Series 60 Two-Door Sedan we are pleased to present here is a very solid and authentically restored example that hails from the dry and rust-free climate of Arizona. It features an older cosmetic and mechanical restoration, which was conducted with the aim of capturing the look and feel of this vehicle when new. Along with the Hydra-matic transmission, another Oldsmobile innovation was the early use of metallic paint for the finish. This example has been brought back to its original Sierra Gray with coordinated original style gray striped-cloth seats with dark brown simulated wood graining for the dashboard and garnish moldings.

While the odometer currently reads around the 9,800 mile mark, the true mileage has been lost to history. The vendor tells us this car runs smoothly and that this early version of the Hyrda-matic is one of the smoothest shifting cars they have ever owned.

This 1940 Special Six is ideally suited for the enthusiast who appreciates early 1940s styling and the importance of the automatic transmission in the American automotive landscape.

Reference Number 11235

as of 7/14/2007

Car 1940 Oldsmobile Special Six Two Door Sedan
VIN GA218349 
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