Curbside Classic 1959 Oldsmobile Super 88 The Truth About Cars

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Curbside Classic: 1959 Super 88

Contrasts and extremes; it s keeps things (and gig) from getting Today I give you the ultimate to yesterday s Porsche 356A. were built at the same and were the pride and joy of their countries.

A reasonably affluent could afford either of although even the 60 hp Normal 356 somewhat more than the 315 hp 88 in 1959. Either way, respective owners would enjoyed the prestige and envy of neighbors when they them home new. But at these two cars forty later, and what do we see?

and lots of them. They re as different as two cars can get. But to a bi-continental childhood and a little from my friends, I can still love for both of them.

I m not going to launch into the fall from glory tank rag here. Yes, s self-confidence and exuberance of the late and early sixties was soon to be a bit misplaced. And this 59 Oldsmobile is a painful reminder of that. In my it s the weakest of the wild GM sisters of peak year of irrational

If there s an ounce of true in this design, it long up in a puff of smoke.

It s as if the blank, corporate 1959 body which for the first time was shared by all the divisions, was passed one at a time, and Oldsmobile got it last. You can image the Olds studio sketching various wild light combos deep the night that somehow look different from the four: Chevy s batwing. s ultra-fin.

Buick s fairly clean Caddy and Chevy fin. and s.. oops, maybe Pontiac and both got the dregs in that design bottom-fishing exercise. Oh

The Oldsmobile rear end still somewhat less cohesive the Pontiac s, although that s not a lot. It just looks so contrived, whereas the Caddy, and Buick tails are expressive; was being passed around to the creative juices, those got the good stuff. But then s that front end. mind; I m not even going to trying to compare them


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Any way you look at this car, it isn t going to come up as a winner.

the hood was another story; Super 88 had the new 394 cubic inch liter)  Rocket V8 that out a hefty 315 (gross) horsepower. I bet the of the original owner had some fun this sled back in the And those wide seats good for more than feeling the push of the Rocket your back.

Another study in contrasts is to the Olds Super 88 we reviewed a while back. As fun as these fifties cars are to look at and our memories of the good old days, the is that they were but an improvement of the cars being ten years earlier, except in technical aspects. But the basic of the 49 55 era cars was substantially better; compact yet much more to sit in with their tall and superb leg room.

As I ve pointed out the tallish boxy car makes a more practical one, as s better CUVs/MPVs make clear if you re looking for maximum space. If Detroit had invested in the refinement of its 1949 models, by they would have had the big version of a Porsche. Oh well

The highlight of this Olds in my is that steering wheel. My s friend drove a 1960 two-door hardtop, and it had that cool wheel. We d go wallowing off in spacey ride and drop what a perfect combination. I couldn t get enough of that wheel and nuff already. Let s say that in 1969, a hand-me-down like this and hallucinogens this Olds into a Rocket Ride. but probably and certainly more visually than the Porsche.

I knew if I kept at it long I would find something to say about this Jetsons-mobile. leave it at that, before my drops any further and colors my

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