1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta ConvertibleSOLD
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Estimate: $125,000-$175,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $242,000

170bhp, 303.7 cu. in. Rocket overhead valve V8 engine,
four-speed automatic transmission, 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 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 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta featured here is a fine 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 turquoise, 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.

Purchased in 1997 shortly after completing a full restoration to complete the McMullen Collection’s 1953 GM “Grand Slam” or “Triple Crown” (1953 - Eldorado, Skylark, Fiesta and Corvette) and it, like the others, remains in impressive overall condition. The quality of the paint is truly outstanding, with the only imperfection being very slight bubbling on the edge of the passenger door; so insignificant it is only noticeable on close inspection. The interior may be original, as it shows only slight but appealing patina, which would be consistent with the 10,047 miles registered on the odometer; however it cannot be verified if these miles and the interior are original from new or from a much older restoration. Regardless, the interior is in impressively preserved condition and in addition to being thoroughly correct is beautifully presented. The engine and underside of the Fiesta have both benefited from the restorer’s touch and are pleasantly detailed.

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 “Triple Crown” 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 8707

as of 4/18/2007

Car 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta Convertible
VIN S391141579 
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