1954 Oldsmobile 88 Super 88 4-Door SedanSOLD

“The Dream that couldn’t wait” Newly designed for `54, one of the 1st with the new panoramic windshield and wraparound rear window. Longer, lower and powered by the now famous - ROCKET 88. 324ci

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w/ 4 bbl & 8.25:1 compression yielding 185 hp/300 ft.lbs. torque & boasting w/ 11 NASCAR Wins that year. The number 8 in the VIN means it’s a real SUPER 88.

This survivor has an incredible, documented (see pics) 42,283 miles!; that’s less than 1000 a year in its lifetime. It was a contemporary with these `54 footnotes: Willie Mays’ famous catch, “I like Ike”, Elvis, Davey Crockett, the sub-4 minute mile in track, the immortal Chevy small block, & if you forgot – the 1st meteorite known to strike a woman - Liz Hodges, Sylacauga AL. And get this; Miss America 1954 was Evelyn Ay from Ephrata, Pennsylvania right around the corner from this Olds. And to further the connection, this Olds was generously donated to a local church & the proceeds from the sale will go to the funding of a new building project in Ephrata, PA! Believed to be a 2 owner car originally from Ohio, then into PA in 1980.

Comes with: 1954 PA Tags ~ Original Dealer Invoice ~ Original Owner’s Manual, Spare & Jack.

But as you know, low mileage can have its pros & cons w/ machinery. In this case, the 4 spd. Hydra-Matic slips shifting into 3rd. going up a grade. It will motor down a level road or downhill in D, don’t worry, the brakes work fine. S, Lo & R work OK. The fluid is clear, no burnt smell & there are no noticeable leaks. It just seems that lack of driving took its toll. Rebuild kits are around $400 & qualified shops will run at least $1000 for a rebuild, maybe less if only adjustment is needed.

CONDITION

Exterior: Straight, solid, rust-free panels, w/ a paint scrape on lower L F fender as seen in pic. A magnet stuck solidly everywhere. Older respray close to matching original paint codes of - 30 - Glacier Green & 60 - Polar White. Paint is somewhat flat but otherwise good & will buff out really well. Trim etc. are fair/good. Bumpers are fair/good showing some surface rust areas. Glass is good w/ some de-laminating (see pic) on LR vent window. A magnet stuck solidly everywhere. All original weather-stripping is good.

Engine/Driveline: Original 12 volt engine starts right up idles smoothly, quietly & pulls strong. Transmission slips as noted above. Steers & brakes very well. Good tires & exhaust.

Undercarriage: Solid floorboards & frame rails w/ no visible rust. Surface was lightly sprayed w/ an undercoating apparently when repainted years ago but doesn’t mask any flaws. Recently lubed.

Interior: Original except for carpeting & in very good condition. Due to age & materials, the front seat (see pic) is starting to tear which is no surprise, but the Power Seat Works! Rear seat has some water staining. Headliner, door panels all good. All gauges work as they should on the wonderful dash. Wipers & aftermarket radio work & all lights work except R low beam is out. Heater fan wasn’t working

Road Test: Trans has been working a bit better after being warmed up & driven more. I’m not saying it’ll cure itself but it’s not getting worse. Once on the level, it drives beautifully w/ effortless steering & good brakes for a 57 year old car.

This solid, original, low-mileage Olds is worth keeping on the road & needs a new home, plus the money will go to a good cause.






Reference Number 119286

as of 3/18/2011

Overview
Car 1954 Oldsmobile 88 Super 88 4-Door Sedan
VIN 548M27544 
Exterior / Interior Color      Green White Top /      Green Cloth & Vinyl 
Registration PA, USA 
Condition Very Good 
Mileage 42,283 miles
Delivery Mileage 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
Options Electronics: Power Seats
Exterior: Two-tone paint
Interior: Cloth interior, Vinyl interior
Mechanics: Power Steering 
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Known History

This survivor has an incredible, documented (see pics here & on Website) 42,283 miles! This Olds was generously donated to a local church & the proceeds from the sale will go to the funding of a new building project in Ephrata, PA! Believed to be a 2 owner car originally from Ohio, then into PA in 1980 & driven somewhat regularly till a1998. Possibly trailered to Shows for a few more years. Repainted over 10 years ago.