1960 Oldsmobile


The 1960 Oldsmobile small Super 88 had flashy two-tone interior bucket seats and plenty of chrome trim.
The 1960 Oldsmobile small Super 88 had flashy two-tone interior bucket seats and plenty of chrome trim.
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Model names and body styles for 1960 Oldsmobile were similar to 1959, with two-door hardtops known as SceniCoupes, four-door hardtops named Holiday, and four-door sedans continuing the Celebrity nameplate.

At the base of the price scale, the Dynamic 88 carried a 371-cid (240-bhp) V-8, running on regular gas with its Econ-O-Way carburetion. Both the mid-level Super 88 and posh Ninety-Eight used the 394-cid Premium Rocket Engine with its Multi-Jet carburetion and 9.75:1 compression, producing 315 bhp.

Both "88" series rode a 123-inch wheelbase, while Ninety-Eight wheels measured 126.3 inches between centers and the car stretched nearly 221 inches overall. That kind of bulk translated to some sizable poundage: All Oldsmobiles hit the scales at over two tons.

Road-testing revealed the inevitable result of all that bulk. Motor Trend tried a Dynamic 88 SceniCoupe, and found its 0-60 time to be an uninspiring 12.7 seconds, with the quarter-mile mark coming up in 18.3 seconds at 75 mph. Not too swift, especially when compared to the rousing Oldsmobile 88 coupes of a decade earlier, which had combined the then-new overhead-valve V-8 with lightweight bodies to achieve some striking acceleration figures.

Air suspensions faded into the sunset, with few regrets over their demise. Some owners liked them, but on the whole, air springing had proven to be trouble.

Oldsmobile's promise of "American-size, six-passenger room" was fulfilled with ease. The Holiday SceniCoupe's interior had Jeweltone leather bolsters, and front-seat passengers faced a Twin-Cove instrument panel, with a glove box shaped like the driver's gauge panel.

Oldsmobile offered a lot of car for a few dollars more than comparable Buicks. Budget buy was the Dynamic two-door sedan at $2,835. Most costly: a Ninety-Eight convertible with a $4,362 price tag. No surprise there.

Both critics and customers had liked the 1959 Oldsmobile, buying close to 383,000 copies. This time, total output slid to 347,141, causing Oldsmobile to drop a notch behind Dodge in the industry rankings, to the seventh spot. Considering that Oldsmobile had ranked fourth not long before, that wasn't good news. A big job lay ahead for the next generation of Oldsmobiles, which would turn to a revived performance image to complement the traditional Oldsmobile reputation for easy motoring.

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