1950 Oldsmobile 88

Oldsmobile created the 1950 Oldsmobile 88 in 1949 by combining its new high-compression Rocket V-8 from the big 98 series with the smaller, lighter platform of its six-cylinder 76 models. The result, America's first "factory hot rod," was a sensation on road and track -- especially in dashing convertible form.

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The 1950 Oldsmobile 88 offered home-built hot rod power at an attractive price.
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Though designed independently of Cadillac's larger new 1949 V-8, the Rocket, too, was an efficient lightweight engine with great tuning potential. Even with mild 7.25:1 compression, this 303-cubic-incher initially delivered 135 horsepower, giving the 88 a 22.5:1 power-to-weight ratio -- outstanding for the day. With that, the 88 brought to thousands of buyers the kind of performance once reserved for high-priced cars -- or home-built hot rods.

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The 1950 Oldsmobile 88 retained its popular Futuramic styling for the convertible.

Oldsmobile's popular Futuramic styling was little changed for 1950. While other 88s offered standard and DeLuxe versions, the convertible came in only one well-dressed model attractively priced at $2294. Olds built 9127 for the model year. Hardtop variants dominated the racing circuits, Olds claiming both the NASCAR crown and class wins in the Mexican Road Race -- "Rocket Action" indeed.

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The 1950 Oldsmobile 88's Rocket V-8 made a stir both on and off the race track.

For more classic convertibles of the 1950s, see:

1951 Chrysler New Yorker
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Lincoln Premiere
1951 Lincoln Cosmopolitan1955 Mercury Montclair1957 Oldsmobile Super 88
1951 Rambler Custom Landau1956 Ford Thunderbird1958 Continental Mark III
1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta1956 Lincoln Premiere1958 Edsel Citation
1954 Hudson Hornet Brougham1956 Packard Caribbean1959 Cadillac Series 62
1954 Packard Caribbean1957 Chevrolet Bel Air1959 Dodge Custom Royal
1955 Buick Century1957 Chrysler New Yorker1959 Ford Thunderbird
1955 Cadillac Series 621957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1959 Pontiac Bonneville

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