1950 Oldsmobile Holiday Coupe

Mileage: 43650 (believed original)
Exterior Color: Silver
Interior Color: Chariot Red
Body Style: Coupe
Engine: Original V8
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Type: RWD
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Doors: Two
Vin: 508W9128 (note: Illinois Title has VIN typo error 208W9128)

The new 303 cu.in, Ketering OHV engine in the smaller GM C Body made the “Rocket 88” the first of the Muscle Cars. The Rocket 88 small-block engine of the 1950 Oldsmobile coupe features hydraulic lifters, a counter-weighted forged crankshaft, aluminum pistons, floating wrist pins and a dual-plane intake manifold. Coupled with a two-barrel carburetor, the Rocket 88 delivers 135 of horsepower and 253 pounds of torque per foot.

Like the original 1949 model, the 1950 Oldsmobile 88 coupe features a push-button starter combined with a key ignition and an oil bath air cleaner. The 1950 coupe replaced the two-piece windshield of the 1949 coupe with a single piece of glass. The swooping hood design dips to the front fenders, while the dash design is clean and simple.

A one-piece chrome bumper and grille include two fog lights and flare-side fenders accentuates the rear of the car.Chrome plating accents the car’s headlights and body lines. The classic Oldsmobile globe emblem is present on the hood, rear deck and steering wheel.

The 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday coupe won the first-ever Carrera Panamericana, a five-day race across Mexico on the Panamerican Highway. The 88 coupe was seen as a leader in performance and touted as the first American muscle car.

Dropping the V-8 into the 88 was inspired. While we think of the 88 as the big family car of the 1960s, in those days it shared its 119-inch-wheelbase “A body” with Chevys and Pontiacs. In the mid-1960s, the A-body was revived for GM’s midsize models like Olds’ Cutlass. Our 1950 88 Deluxe Holiday Coupe has a manufacturer’s curb weight of 3708 pounds, 274 pounds lighter than the Ninety-Eight Deluxe Holiday Coupe. Racers preferred the 88 Club Coupe, weighing in at 3616 pounds.

From the estate of avid car collector and third generation funeral director, David G. Strang, this car is largely original, completely rust free, and drives better than new. Delivered new from the Wilmington Delaware assembly plant in black paint with Chariot red wheels, it has been repainted a beautiful silver with soft, Chariot red leather upholstery and period correct carpet.

The body was built at the Fisher assembly plant in Lansing, MI and was the 575th Holiday Coupe body to roll of the line out of a total 1,366 produced. It was then shipped to Wilmington, DE for final assembly where it was mated with engine #8A299397H, the “H” indicating Hydra-Matic transmission. The engine starts readily without exhaust smoke or excessive noise and idles very smooth and quiet. The car accelerates briskly and the transmission shifts smoothly.

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