1952 Oldsmobile Super 88 ConvertibleSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $70,000 - $90,000

$69,300 Sold

160bhp, 303 cu. in. V8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, Hydra-matic transmission, independent front and solid rear axle with leaf spring rear suspension, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120"

In 1952, Oldsmobile jumped from seventh place overall in the American auto industry to fourth with a total calendar year production of 228,452 vehicles. Interestingly, this climb in the market was achieved while total production declined by nearly 60,000 cars from 1951 and almost 180,000 fewer cars than 1950.

This decline in automobile production was a clear sign that the postwar boom had peaked, and as demand descended, competition, by necessity, was returning to the market. So although vehicle production was slowing down, achieving fourth place in the industry was still worth celebrating, because Oldsmobile ĺ s rank in the industry was ultimately a reflection of their reputation and the quality of their products. Not since the early 1900s had Oldsmobile held fourth position in the American automotive industry.

Leading the Oldsmobile sales front in 1952 was the Super 88; offered in five different body styles, total production for 1952 was an amazing 118,558 units. As the most popular Oldsmobile, it outsold its little brother, the Deluxe 88, by a six to one margin. The reason? For only a slightly higher price, the Super 88 offered all the standard Deluxe 88 items and several additional features including: foam rubber seat cushions, stainless steel gravel shields and turn signals, as well as a wider selection of interior trim and designs. However, the feature that undoubtedly swayed any indecisive customers, more than any other, towards the Super 88, was the high performance Rocket Power V8 it shared with the top of the line Super 98. This engine differed from the standard Rocket Power V8 by the addition of four-barrel carburetion, which translated to a gain of 15 horsepower and pavement-eating total of 284 foot-pounds of torque available at only 1,800rpm.

When the vendor purchased the 1952 Oldsmobile Super 88 presented here, it had recently been treated to an extensive cosmetic restoration. Needing only minor mechanical attention to bring its performance up to par with its visual condition, in its latest ownership it was given a tune up, the four-barrel carburetor was rebuilt and the front brake cylinders were replaced. Now that it is fully sorted, this outstanding Super 88 convertible is ready to fulfill whatever its next owner ĺ s classic motoring desires may be.

Reference Number 7271

as of 2/19/2007

Car 1952 Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible
VIN R178819 
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