1948 Oldsmobile 98 Sedan
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The Oldsmobile 98 (spelled Ninety-Eight from 1952 to 1991, and
Ninety Eight from 1992 to 1996) is the full-size flagship model of
Oldsmobile that was produced from 1940 until 1996. The name -
reflecting a "Series 90" fitted with an 8-cylinder engine - first
appeared in 1941 and was used again after American consumer
automobile production resumed post-World War II. It was, as it
would remain, the division's top-of-the-line model.
For consignment a top-line Oldsmobile, this series has the
highest-grade interior and exterior trim. Our example will need
some TLC overall, with all surfaces suffering a bit from neglect of
sitting in a barn. All the parts are there, and the overall design
is pervasive to the late 1940's.
Alpine Green bathes this heavy metal highway monster, and paint is
overall dulled and has several areas of discoloration showing as
darker dots on the paint. Its trimmed with plenty of chrome,
including the downward frowning grille, rocket hood ornament, side
door and fender trim, and dual front and back split window trim.
All this is showing dimpling, and a few areas of invasive rust,
particularly on the rear bumper. A big metal sun visor is above the
front split windshield, and some fender skirts are on back.
Contrasting white steel wheels are showing rust and are capped with
Olds badged dog dish chromed covers. Gaps on all 4 doors are
looking good, however there are several dents and dings, scratches,
and gouges on nearly all the exterior panels, appearing like there
was a scuffle with the sides of the garage, and the garage came out
victorious! No real rust though to speak of on the exterior steel
The highlight of this interior is the gold metal dash with its
arched speedometer in front of the wood steering wheel with a large
circular horn ring and 3 big spokes painted gold to match the dash.
The metal dash in "heavy design" is gold and dark brown and shows
very nicely with slight surface rusting. The original broadcloth
seats are in this car, but like the door panels, have sustained
some water damage, and dry rotting, revealing the padding
underneath of the seats, and door panels. Carpet suffers from the
same affliction with most of the nap loop rotted away. The dark
brown broadcloth headliner is tight and has a few areas of
Flipping the big rounded hood with rocket topper, we can see the
257ci V8 which is unknown if original to this automobile. It has a
single 2-barrel carburetor on top cleaned with an oil bath cleaner.
On back is a 4-speed Hydra-Matic transmission, and this pushes
power rearward to a 4.30 rear axle. The engine and attached parts
have surface rust throughout. While the engine does turn over it
would not start.
Underneath, we can note heavy surface rust on the X frame, and
rockers, with the rockers showing areas of invasive rust. Floorpans
are undercoated and clean of rust, and a new glass pack muffler is
installed. Suspension consists of independent coil springs upfront,
and the rear has a combination of coil springs, double acting
hydraulic shocks, and a lateral stabilizer bar. Drum brakes are
seen on all 4 corners. We can say overall structurally sound.
These post war metal monsters were built like there was no tomorrow
and have survived because of that theory of build. This example is
rust free on the exterior, has some faults in the paint, will need
TLC on the chrome, and interior. A barn find parts or project car,
priced ready to move out of our halls of Classic Auto Mall.
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Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.