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1948-1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98


1948-1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98 Specifications

Oldsmobile rocked the postwar market with a three-pronged attack: all-new "Futuramic" styling in 1948, plus a modern overhead-valve V-8 and a sleek new Holiday "hardtop convertible" for 1949. Here are the specifications for the 1948-1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98:

Even the dash of the 1948-1949 Oldsmobile was treated to Futuramic styling.
Even the dash of the 1948-1949 Oldsmobile was
treated to Futuramic styling.

1948 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98 Models, Prices, Production

Model
Weight
Price
Production
2-door Club Sedan
3,645
$2,078
2,311
2-door DeLuxe Club Sedan
3,685
$2,182
11,949
4-door sedan
3,705
$2,151
5,605
4-door DeLuxe sedan
3,745
$2,256
32,456
DeLuxe convertible coupe
4,035
$2,624
12,914
Total 1948 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98


65,235

1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98 Models, Prices, Production

Model
Weight
Pride
Production
2-door Club Sedan3,835$2,4263,849
2-door DeLuxe Club Sedan 3,840$2,52016,200
4-door sedan 3,890$2,5008,820
4-door DeLuxe sedan3,925$2,59449,001
DeLuxe Holiday hardtop coupe
4,000$2,9733,006
DeLuxe convertible coupe 4,200$2,973 12,602
Total 1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98

93,478

1948-1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98 Specifications

Engine1948
1949
Type
straight-8
ohv V-8
Bore × stroke, inches
3.25 × 3.88
3.75 × 3.44
Displacement, cid
257.1
303.7
Valve lifters
mechanical
hydraulic
Horsepower @ rpm
115 @ 3,600
135 @ 3,600
SAE (taxable) horsepower
33.8
45.0
Torque, pounds/feet @ rpm
218 @ 2,000
263 @ 1,800
Compression ratio
7.00:1
7.25:1
Main bearings
5
5
Carburetor
2-bbl
2-bbl
Choke
automatic
automatic
Cooling system, quarts
20.5
21.5

General
1948
1949
Wheelbase, inches
125.0
125.0
Overall length, inches
213.0
213.0
Tread, front/rear, inches
57.0/59.0
57.0/59.0
Braking area, square inches
181.1
191.7
Turning circle, diameter, feet
42.0
42.0
Transmission
All-Silent Synchromesh 3-speed manual*
Hydra-Matic
Final drive ratio
3.78:1**
3.63:1**
Tire size
6.50-16***
7.60-15***
Electrical system
6-volt
6-volt
Fuel tank, gallons
19.0
18.0

*Hydra-Matic optional
**With Hydra-Matic transmission
***8.20-15 on DeLuxe models

Calculated data (DeLuxe 4-door sedan)
1948
1949
Crankshaft rpm per mile
3,096
2,617
Stroke/bore ratio
1.192:1
0.917:1
Horsepower per cid
.447
.445
Weight (pounds) per cid
32.6
29.1
Weight per cid
14.6
12.9
Weight per square inch (brakes)
20.7
20.5

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