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Oldsmobile Rocket ’88

is the senior American automotive Its imminent demise after so ingrained in the fabric of American is more than a tragedy; it is a Perhaps no automotive brand is as American as Oldsmobile.

Oldsmobile has smart, innovative, popular, and through the years since day in 1895 when Ransom E. and his partner Frank Clark got to build a horseless carriage.

In Olds and some Lansing, businessmen founded Olds Vehicle Company and thus the mass production of automobiles in the States. Of course the Olds Dash Runabout was the firm’s success. In an era when those who building cars built machines for the wealthy few, had the vision of building inexpensive for the many.

It was that vision differentiated the American auto from the fledgling auto of every other industrialized in the world.

After Ransom left the company that his name in a rift with his Olds Motor Works for a time. In fact, it drifted into Billy Durant’s Motors fold where it, with Buick Motor became the key building blocks in the of what would become the industrial corporation in the world.

As part of the GM’s plan, settled into a solidly existence, building good for good people. But the brand was than just another car producer. As the years passed began to gain a reputation as Motors’ experimental division. it started with the Olds V-8 engines of the Teens and early

Production V-8 engines were a then, with Oldsmobile’s GM Cadillac the pioneer of the engine A V-8 in a medium-priced vehicle was a sensation.

In Oldsmobile pioneered what has standard issue for every car on the — chromium-plated trim. to the Olds introduction of chrome, pieces on most cars nickel-plated and absolutely hellacious to

Olds picked a bad time to its V-8 engine for less expensive power. Its Viking V-8 of 1929 and was a good design for its era, as its 81 would attest, but coming in with the stock market it wasn’t destined to stick long. But by the mid-Thirties Oldsmobile had a reputation for solid vehicles also offered technical This was exemplified in 1937 Olds was the first to introduce the Automatic Safety Transmission. It was one of the workable systems to do away the tedious chore of manual changing and followed in the footsteps of shift to synchromesh in 1931.

AST required the driver to use the clutch simply to shift between low and ranges. Oldsmobile quickly up with the introduction of what is regarded as the first commercially automatic transmission. Olds system was introduced in 1939 for the model year, and it was one of the biggest to ease motoring since the of the electric self-starter in 1912.

both inventions were the work of one man, engineering Charles F. Kettering.

Though less heralded Thomas Alva Edison, Franklin Kettering rivals the of modern electricity for coming up inventions that changed the way lived their lives. In to the electric self-starter, Kettering developed the storage battery-powered ignition that is still in every gasoline-power vehicle

After that early he developed the first practical electric generator, which electric light into rural homes for the first In 1916 he sold out his company to GM and the post as head of its research a position he held for 31 years.

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saved one of his best inventions for as his career at General Motors retirement, and that invention be intimately involved with the name Oldsmobile. As a nuts-and-bolts Kettering reasoned that if an were able to use a compression higher than normal power would be the natural But, as Kettering and his colleagues higher compression engines literally rattle themselves to on the low-octane gasoline then

Engine knock caused by the exploding rather than in the combustion chamber was the cause. inventor might then thrown up his hands and said,

In typical fashion, Kettering backward to find a solution. of trying to adapt his high-compression to the available fuel, he set about not perfecting the high-compression engine, but perfecting a higher-octane fuel would make it practical. The of his labors were two-fold: the compression V-8 engine that soon come to be known as the Rocket engine and high-octane gasoline.

Introduced for the 1949 year, soon after retirement from GM, the Olds V-8 was a revelation. The big news, of course, was its 7.25:1 compression ratio, but the featured other state-of-the-art from its well-balanced 90-degree to its monobloc single cast block to its overhead valves to its pistons. In essence, the Rocket V-8 set the for every American V-8 engine would follow it for at least decades.

Fact is the very modern that graces today’s Corvette owes a huge to the Rocket and Charles Kettering.

a displacement of 303 cubic inches and by a two-barrel carburetor, the first V-8 churned out 135 horsepower at 3600 rpm and 263 of torque at a lazy 1800 While this might not too potent by today’s standards, in Ford flat-head V-8s considered to be among the hottest on the market, and they produced 130 horsepower. No mid-range car in the world, the Hudson Hornet, came to the Rocket Olds performance

In the immediate post-war years had two models, the near-luxury 98 and the mid-range 76. At the Rocket (or Kettering V-8) destined for just the top-of-the-line 98, but good sense prevailed and the V-8 was also offered in the much-lighter 76 in a new 1949 model dubbed the 88. A was born. Though fitted an automatic transmission (the manual couldn’t handle the torque), the Oldsmobile 88 was the hit of NASCAR’s season, winning eight of the 10

Given its lightning-like success, one clearly make the case the Olds 88 with its 135-horsepower V-8 was the musclecar, the first in a line would include the Pontiac Dodge Charger and Olds 442 scores of others. In fact, all the Oldsmobile vehicles that follow it for the next 30 years bear the distinct seal of Kettering’s last great the legendary Rocket V-8.

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