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1953 Oldsmobile 98

Sold For $56,100

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - AUBURN SPRING 5 - 7 MAY 2016


  • Rocket 303-cid, 165-hp V-8 engine
  • Optional Hydra-Matic transmission
  • Beautiful presentation
  • Code 60 Polar White as per data tag
  • Many factory options
  • Power seat & windows standard
  • Optional dash pad, clock & windshield washer

On top for the top-down days now and ahead is the classically designed 1953 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible. It was advertised as having a youthful and carefree spirit that was styled to look the part. Rakish lines and bold contours are gracefully proportioned to achieve this wonderfully handsome design that is accented by the “rocket” hood ornamentation, plus generous and stylish bright moldings that adorn the car’s side panels. The hood and trunk have detailed half-globes that are used for easy lift handles, while the lead edge of the fender skirt bulge on the rear fenders have stone guards to resist loss of paint. The same thought was in mind around the gas filler door so long fingernails and rings wouldn’t cause unintentional scratches or chips.

What’s more, this spirited beauty plays the part with the smooth and hurried response of the Rocket 303-cid, 165-hp Oldsmobile V-8 engine, in this case paired with the optional-for-1953 Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. Driving comforts were further eased with power steering and brakes, plus power top, front seat and windows. According to reliable sources this well-turned-out Oldsmobile also has factory options such as pushbutton AM radio, safety pad for the dash, heater, deluxe steering wheel, electric clock and windshield washer.

The “flagship” Oldsmobile for 1953 was the Fiesta convertible, a unique model introduced in that year’s Motorama show and garnering much praise from the motoring press. Oldsmobile, it must be pointed out, was convertible-rich that year, offering soft-tops in all series: 88, Super 88 and 98. Perhaps surprisingly, it was the 98 convertible that was most popular, with 7,521 built. With the long list of built-in attributes, it is understandably a desired car for the era.

“Glamour on the go” was the message that Oldsmobile expressed to those looking to add the 98 convertible to their automotive stable. It was handsomely styled and trimmed for power, allure and fun. In period it was regarded as a “dashing sports car – every bit as fleet and spirited as it looks.” Code 60 Polar White with a green soft-top (as per data tag) and two-tone matching interior creates an ambiance heightened by the V-8 Rocket engine, unique emblems and brightwork plus luxury features that affirm the special nature of this model. Oldsmobile was confident in the 98 being their candidate for the best-looking, best-driving car for all of 1953.


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