Lot 283

Arizona 2019

1961 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 'Bubble Top' Coupe


$58,800 USD | Sold

United States | Phoenix, Arizona



Chassis No.
  • 34,802 original miles, believed actual
  • Stunning original interior with fresh paint
  • Colorado car from new; long-term enthusiast ownership
  • Desirable ‘Bubble Top’ coupe body style

In a move to modernize its lineup, Oldsmobile introduced a completely new 88 for 1961. The full-size car was now shorter, lower, and narrower than its predecessor, while utilizing the same 123-in. wheelbase. With styling inspired by the burgeoning “Space Race,” General Motors’ “Rocket” division produced a car that looked ballistically fast even while sitting still. Under the hood, the 371-cu. in. V-8 was replaced by the 98 model’s 394-cu. in. unit, with the Dynamic 88 receiving 250 hp. The redesigned 88 ‘Bubble Top’ coupe was fast, spacious, luxurious, and stylish, everything you’d expect from an Oldsmobile.

The truly exceptional example offered here showcases the attributes that only a low-mileage, well-preserved original car can possess. With just 34,802 miles recorded since new, the car remains in near factory original condition. The pristine condition of the tri-colored original interior and carpet is extraordinary, proving along with all factory date-coded glass that this handsome one-year-only coupe car received remarkable care throughout its life. The original 394-cu. in. V-8 purrs nearly silently, just waiting to be unleashed. It is nicely equipped with desirable options including power steering, power brakes, Hydramatic transmission, AM radio, trunk opener, and the factory tissue dispenser. Having been the recipient of a high-quality paint job, the glass smooth finish in factory code F Azure Mist poly with Provincial White top sparkles from every angle. It truly is one of the finest 1961 Oldsmobiles available.

Sold new by Arapahoe Motors in Englewood to Mrs. John R. McPhee from Denver, this car has remained in the dry Colorado climate to this day. Recently removed from the long-term personal collection of a noted Oldsmobile collector, it has never before been offered for public sale. This is a rare opportunity to own one of the finest luxury coupes of its day in better-than-new condition. It is offered with the factory build sheet, warranty book, Protect-O-Plate warranty card, and a selection of awards earned at Oldsmobile-only events.