1949 Oldsmobile 88
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"To Be OFFERED AT AUCTIONEstimate:$100,000 - $125,000Professional restoration completed October 2015.Used sparingly since restoration.One of just 1,335 88 Deluxe Station Wagons produced for1949.Equipped with the legendary Rocket V-8 and Hydra-Matictransmission.It's fair to say, at no time in the history of Oldsmobile since theintroduction of the Curved Dash model did the company make such animpact as it did with the introduction of the Rocket V-8 onSeptember 15, 1948. Oldsmobile introduced what is consideredAmerica's first modern overhead valve V-8 engine. Available in both88 and 98 models, the new engine offered impressive stats for theday - 7:25 to 1 compression ratio, 135 bhp at 3,600 rpm and 263lb/ft of torque at 1,800 rpm.Styling was all-new, too. Called Futuramic by Olds marketers, thesleek Harley Earl design was concurrent with the introduction ofthe industry's first production "hardtop convertible" dubbedHoliday. An Olds 88 convertible paced the Indy 500. And, NASCARstock car racers quickly found out that new V-8 was the hot ticket.Of nine races on the 1949 season, Olds took the checkered flag sixtimes.An all-new wagon was offered in the 76 and 88 Series. TheFisher-supplied body came equipped with leather upholstery andmahogany panels. By mid-year, the wood trim was gone and Oldsjoined the ranks of those offering all-steel wagons. Just 1,355were produced. Data does not exist as to how many wood trim vs.all-steel wagons were built. Regardless, one can assume this is arare vehicle due to the switch in production.Finished in Seafoam Green with contrasting cream-colored wheels,this handsome wagon is the beneficiary of a professional ground-uprestoration, completed in October 2015. It is equipped with 135 bhp303 cu. in. V-8, Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, pushbutton AMradio, and clock. Outside, the beautiful wood trim is accented bythe proper rear fender skirts and period-appropriate Silvertownwide-whitewall tires. Paint, chrome, wood trim, and the red leatherinterior all present beautifully. Since restoration the car hasbeen used sparingly and as a result, the consignor reports that itdrives great and is in beautiful condition throughout.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction,please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo20.