1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta ConvertibleSOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $100,000 - $150,000

$187,000 Sold

170bhp, 303.7 cu. in. Rocket overhead valve V8 engine, four-speed automatic, independent front coil spring suspension, live rear axle, power assisted four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 124"

Unlike other production automobiles of its time, the 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta was created for the auto show circuit. It was clearly a styling preview for the next generation of Oldsmobiles, with its wraparound ‘ panoramic ’ windshield that would later be seen on all models until the 1960s. At first glance, the Fiesta appears to be a regular 1953 Oldsmobile; however, many differences distinguish it from the normal Olds 98 ragtop.

The show car, turned production car, held an impressive list of standard accessories, many of which were previously unavailable up until that year. Along with its standard Hydra-Matic transmission, the features included power steering, power brakes, super deluxe radio, heater/defroster, whitewall tires, backup lights, hydraulic servos for windows and seats, and the Autronic Eye that automatically controlled operation of the headlights. The custom leather interior was matched with a black or natural Orlon top while, under the hood, the slightly hopped up version of the already impressive Rocket V8 gave the Fiesta 170 horsepower. Distinguished from its forerunners by a larger carburetor and bigger air cleaner, the Rocket V8 also benefited from a new downdraft fuel system.

The older restored 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta featured here is a nice example of a concept vehicle that made it to production. One of only 458 built, with perhaps a mere 30 surviving, this wonderfully detailed automobile possesses an array of features to make every bit of the driving experience more pleasurable. Finished in two- tone white and Poppy Red, its eye-catching chrome bumper and trim contribute to a uniquely 1950s air of sophistication. Inside, the roomy interior gives way to comfortable seating accommodations, functioning gauges, and a spectacular view of the car ’ s classy design.

This historic low production example is sure to please the collector who is looking for one of the most rare and stylish 1950s Oldsmobile models in existence. Additionally, as one of the original “ Grand Slam ” GM motor cars, this Fiesta Convertible is a highly desirable car that would make for an impressive addition to any collection of important postwar motor cars.

Reference Number 5833

as of 1/10/2007

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Car 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta Convertible
VIN 539M39753 
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