1949 Oldsmobile 88 Coupe
Convertible Car for sale in Middleburg, Virginia 20117
Middleburg, VA 20117
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
Classic Car Overview
There are many contenders for the title of “First American
Muscle Car.” Surely the 1949 Oldsmobile 88 must be among them. “Muscle car,” as
we now understand the term, refers to a large, powerful engine in a small or
medium size lightweight body. The archetypal muscle car is in-arguably the
Pontiac GTO, but the Oldsmobile 88 is from much the same mold.
The first part of the muscle car recipe, a powerful engine, came from GM’s big technical advance for 1949: two high-compression, overhead-valve V-8s, one from Cadillac and one from Oldsmobile. They were similar, yet different. The second part of the prescription, a light body, was the province of Olds alone, for no Cadillac could ever be considered lightweight. With GM’s corporate body program, that part was easy: the A-body, as used by Pontiac and Chevy, was the ideal candidate. Thus was born the Oldsmobile 88, a new “80 series” with an eight-cylinder engine, adhering to the traditional Olds naming scheme. The 88 was a big hit, the best-selling Olds series, with 99,276 built for 1949.
The Deluxe convertible coupe offered here, one of 5,434, is
a highly original example, finished in its factory color of Seafoam Green with
a two-tone green interior and black power top. It is equipped with Hydra-matic
transmission, AM radio, heater, locking gasp cap, and dual fog lights, and has
recorded only 29,800 actual miles, which is believed to be the
original miles from new. It is offered with a set of service manuals and with
the original bumper jack and spare.
This is a superb example of one of the original American muscle cars.
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Classic Car ID101358727
Custom ColorSea foam Green
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