Open Roads, February | Lot 242
1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible
North American Offering
$71,500 USD | Sold
| Westlake Village, California
19 - 28 February 2021
- Offered from The Pacific Coast Highway Collection
- Desirable Jade Mist over matching interior; white convertible top
- One of 7,128 examples produced for 1957
- 371 cu. in. “Rocket” V-8 engine; automatic transmission
- Restored by Bob Schmidt while within the Glenn Patch “57 Heaven” Collection Museum
With the commencement of the 1957 model year, Oldsmobile endeavored to celebrate their sixtieth anniversary in style. Buyers were treated to a suite of new options, revised model dimensions, and a restyling for their catalog which would ultimately serve as a bookend to the marque’s aesthetic developed in 1952.
This 1957 Super 88 Convertible is just one of 7,128 examples produced; it is believed to have been delivered new to California. It is desirably equipped with a smattering of power amenities, push-button Wonderbar radio, dual exhausts, wide whitewall tires, and a 371-cubic-inch “Rocket” V-8 engine paired with an automatic transmission.
At some point in the 1990s, the car was acquired by noted collector Glenn Patch and subject to a rotisserie restoration courtesy of his collection manager, Bob Schmidt. A well-regarded auto restorer in his own right, Schmidt reportedly rebuilt the engine, carburetors, transmission and brakes. The interior and exterior were completely refinished in the period-correct and desirable shade of Jade Mist over matching upholstery; the brightwork, trim, and power convertible top were similarly refreshed. Following Mr. Schmidt’s exacting work, this beautiful Oldsmobile joined the remainder of Patch’s collection of 1957-year automobiles in Arizona. In 2007, Patch opened his ’57 Heaven museum in Branson, Missouri, and the car was moved to that location and exhibited in a period-style exhibition until 2009.
Having entered the Pacific Coast Highway Collection in 2011, this alluring Super 88 Convertible has been carefully stored and exhibited over the past decade.