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28 July 2012

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Lot 107

1957 Oldsmobile 88 Convertible Coupe

  • Chassis no. 577L02657
  • Engine no. A029984

Sold for $51,700

277 bhp, 371 cu. in. V-8 engine, J-2 induction system with triple two-barrel carburetors, Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122"

• Two owners from new

• Complete restoration completed in 2005

• Historical file with original bill of sale, literature, and correspondence

In addition to being one of the “Golden Rocket” Oldsmobiles built for 1957 to commemorate GM’s 50th anniversary, this very special, two-owner 88 Convertible coupe carries a wonderful and completely documented history. The current owner, who was seeking a classic Oldsmobile as a birthday present for his father during the early-1990s, was alerted to the existence of a one-owner 88 in Glens Falls, New York, which was purchased new by Edward and Margery Hammond in 1957.

Never winter-driven and always garage-kept, the car was sold by Mrs. Hammond to the current owner; a lengthy correspondence followed the sale and eventually Mrs. Hammond located and returned the original bill of sale and license plate. The Olds was returned to running order and eventually given a complete frame-off restoration by Thornton Auto Works, of Telford, Pennsylvania, which was completed in 2005. The tally including acquisition, cosmetic and mechanical restoration, and the addition of the J-2 carburetor intake stands at $125,000.

Complete with restoration and service records, the 88 most recently received a new motor for the convertible-top mechanism. A terrific example that can be shown and enjoyed with pride by the new owner, the 88 is honestly presented, with the owner reporting everything works with the exception of the clock, windshield wipers, and fuel gauge. The only cosmetic blemishes noted are recent, which are small paint chips on the passenger side door and some rust noted under the side-view mirror. A remarkable historical file accompanies the car as well. Desirable additional items include a custom cover, four spare period-style whitewall tires to complement the radial whitewalls, which are currently installed, and added seat belts. Lovely in presentation, this Olds 88 is now ready for a new long-term caretaker.


Please note that since time of cataloging the fuel gauge has been repaired and is in excellent working order.

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