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1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98 Holiday


The 1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98 Holiday shares honors with the Buick Riviera and Cadillac Coupe de Ville as the industry's first "hardtop convertible," a deft creation by GM design under the ever-innovative Harley Earl. The Holiday is widely overlooked today, possibly because of its low production and consequent rarity.

The 1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98 Holiday was trimmed to convertible standards, which is to say plush, and featured simulated convertible-top bows on the interior headliner like other early GM hardtops. The year's other big news was shared by other 98s and the new Futuramic 88 series: the now-famous Rocket V-8, which was a modern high-compression overhead-valve unit that was amazingly powerful and efficient for its day.

Pluses of the 1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98 Holiday:

  • Historical importance (hardtop and V-8)
  • Performance
  • High-quality materials
  • Craftsmanship
  • Strong value increase
  • Milestone car status

Minuses of the 1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98 Holiday:

  • Guzzles gas
  • A bit large for some
  • Body parts scarce today

Production of the 1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98 Holiday:
3,006

Specifications of the 1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98 Holiday:
Wheelbase, inches: 125.0
Length, inches: 213.0
Weight, pounds: 4,000
Price, new: $2,973

Engines for the 1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 98 Holiday:

Type Size Horsepower Years
ohv V-8 303.7 cid 135 1949

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