Lot 358

1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98

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$40,000 - $50,000 USD  | Offered Without Reserve

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Chassis No.
499M13129
Documents
Canadian Registration
To be offered on Thursday, 6 October 2022
  • Frame-off restoration completed approximately 10 years ago
  • Rebuilt 303 Rocket V-8 engine with rebuilt Hydra-Matic automatic transmission
  • Attractive Nankeen Cream paint over burgundy and tan interior
  • Rebuilt suspension, brakes, fuel system, and hydraulics
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For 1948, and carrying into 1949, Oldsmobile gave its flagship 98 Series a freshened look that drew heavily from the marque’s Futuramic styling concept. That year, Futuramic design language was applied to four 98 body types on the 125-inch wheelbase chassis, including the convertible. In period advertising, Oldsmobile promised that the 1949 Futuramic offered “the dramatic design of the future—the finest of functional modern design in any field.” With one look at the stunning convertible offered here, most post-war automobile enthusiasts would agree that Oldsmobile hit the mark.

While the styling of the Futuramic was a great success, perhaps the bigger news was the 303-cubic-inch Rocket V-8 engine for 1949. Along with Cadillac's similar unit, it was the first of General Motor's postwar, high-compression, overhead-valve V-8 engines. The Olds engine displaced 303 cubic-inches, and with hydraulic valve lifters and 7.25-to-1 compression, developed 135 horsepower. Oldsmobile had pioneered the Hydra-Matic automatic transmission in 1940, so fittingly many its cars in 1949 were so equipped. Optional on the 76 and 88 Series offerings, it came standard on all 98 Series models, along with a solenoid starter, fender skirts, E-Z-I rear view mirror, and hydraulic windows, seats, and convertible top. By any definition, the Futuramic was a luxurious cruiser born to blast down the road in comfort and style.

The Futuramic 98 convertible offered here, one of just 12,602 built for 1949, was fully restored approximately 10 years ago and said to have been driven sparingly since. During restoration, the suspension, brakes, and fuel and hydraulic systems were all reportedly rebuilt. The car wears stunning Nankeen Cream paint over a luxurious burgundy with tan whipcord interior. Acres of chrome, including the chromed wire wheels wrapped in wide whitewall tires, complete the attractive cosmetics of this legendary Oldsmobile.

As stunning an example of a post-war car as you’ll ever see, it is both capable and luxurious, an ideal open road cruiser for the great American highway. Sure to turn heads wherever it goes, this 98 Futuramic convertible will make a great partner for any number of Antique Automobile Club of America or Oldsmobile Club shows or tours.