All Oldsmobiles were completely restyled for 1959, with the 88 series given longer, lower and wider styling on a GM B-body chassis. The 88 shared its appearance with the top-model Oldsmobile 98. Styling highlights for the new models, promoted as the "Linear Look," included six-window styling on four-door pillared sedans, glassy semi-fastback rooflines on Holiday coupes and flat-blade rooflines with thin windshield and C-pillars on Holiday sedans which created a large open greenhouse effect. Two-door hardtops were called a "Scenicoupe," 4-door hardtops "Sport Sedan." While many 1959 model cars featured bigger and sharper fins, Olds flattened theirs horizontally and reduced chrome from 1958 for a much cleaner look. Wheelbases on 88 models increased by one inch to 123 inches (3,124 mm).
A larger 394 cubic-inch Rocket V8 with four-barrel carburation rated at 315 hp (235 kW) was standard on the Super 88. The lower-priced Dynamic 88 retained the two-barrel 265 hp (198 kW) 371 cubic-inch '57–58 Rocket V8, with a 300 hp (220 kW) four-barrel version optional.
A simpler but bold new grille and revised rear design with even flatter tailfins and new taillights highlighted the 1960 makeover. Power for Super 88 models remained the same, while Dynamic 88s had their 371 ci Rocket V8 detuned to 240 hp (179 kW), where a lower compression ratio accommodated lower-priced regular gasoline. Other changes included a revised instrument panel and a slimmer transmission tunnel for improved interior space.
Remember “Max,” the 1964 Volkswagen Beetle that interviewed various celebrities in a series of commercials that employed a talk-show format? Those celebrities included Heidi Klum (she made Max blush), David Hasselhoff, a chair-throwing Bobby Knight and Leonard Nimoy. The Video of the Day today — and tomorrow — features two of those “interviews.” It was […]
The merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the Peugeot group of carmakers moved another step closer with the announcement by the parties that their new joint name will be Stellantis. “Stellantis is rooted in the Latin verb ‘stello’ meaning ‘to brighten with stars’,” the partners said, adding that the name “draws inspiration from this new […]
No conversation about Japanese classic cars is complete without a mention of the Toyota Celica. The Celica nameplate, though retired since 2006, lived for seven generations and 36 years, making it one of the most widely recognized and historically significant cars from that era and part of the world. The Pick of the Day is […]
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Ever wonder what automotive luxury was like more than a century ago? H&H Classics offers an example at its upcoming July 22 auction in England in the form of a 1909 Renault Type AZ 12/16hp Laundaulette, with such French finery surrounded in coachwork by Lucas of London. The car is coming out of an estate […]
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You knew it was coming, aftermarket companies lining up to work their magic on the new Broncos unveiled earlier this week by Ford. First in line is Saleen Automotive, the company known for its modifications of the Ford Mustang. “With racing in his blood, Steve Saleen is never far from a checkered flag, and the […]
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Pierce-Arrow was one of the greatest luxury brands from its start in 1901 until its demise in 1938, building a succession of advanced automobiles of all kinds, as well as trucks, buses, boats and motorcycles of the highest order. The Buffalo, New York, automaker was in its heyday when it produced the Pick of the […]
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