1938 Oldsmobile Touring Sedan
Oldsmobile was considered a wealthy man's car, and ads of the day
utilized businessmen in large houses going to their car often
greeted by the hired hand who just finished washing and polishing
the car for its ride to work.
Available now from our consignment halls, a former member of a
prestigious private collection, a 2-door version of the touring
sedan. She shows fairly nicely with slight rust on some seams, and
a few dents and dings. The interior is pure 1930's with mohair and
overstuffed seating. The engine is unrestored but is all there.
Overall fair condition awaiting some TLC.
Original paint was coded 48 which would show up as Dorset Gray,
however a dark blue respray has been put on several years ago. Body
panels show fairly straight with consistent gaps. The rounded
exterior fenders have a few dents but present overall nicely. Up
front is a large V curved inward grille flanked on either side by
bullet style headlight casing and round chrome bezels. On the
bottom is a bumper stretching across the front, and the condition
of all this chrome is fair with dimpling, dulling and pitting. As
we move towards the passenger compartment, and the split front
windshield a central trim piece guides us there from the hood
ornament. On the sides are trim spears which run the length of the
car, through the doors and to the rear of this car, culminating at
the taillights. Rounded fenders are sharing the edges of a running
board on both sides. Some rust is noted where these running boards
meet the rear fenders. On back is a spacious trunk covered by a
humpback trundled, and a single bumper below. Painted body matching
blue wheels are covered in dulled dog dish wheel covers with a
central Olds badge. Medium wide white bias ply tires are covering
the wheels on all 4 corners.
Yards of tan broadcloth with dark vertical striping cover the door
panels. The original chromed handles with their bakelite knobs are
still present. In front and nicely covered tan split bench seat
which show no rips or tears and are in good condition. Climbing
into the back bench it is beautifully covered with matching tan
broadcloth, and sports overstuffed arms complete with ashtray on
either side. Carpeting covers the floors, and despite being a 2
door, there is plenty of space in the back as well as plenty of
window to gaze at the countryside as you cruise by it. The dash is
original and unrestored, and suffers from some dulling, fading
yellowing of plastic coverings, and dimpling on the metal. It is a
heavy design borrowing from the Art Deco motif of the era that was
all the rage. The original steering wheel fronts this dash and is
also unrestored. The lighter headliner shows some water damage but
Under the large hood we see the factory specified 230ci inline
6-cylinder engine. This has plenty of surface rust and a 1-barrel
carburetor on top. A 3-speed manual transmission is on back.
Currently the engine is inoperable but does turn over.
A coating of surface rust is seen on the X frame and floorpans as
well as suspension and rockers. There are a few small areas of
invasive rust, and former repairs to said rust, but the car remains
A good looker overall, from an era where mostly the wealthy could
afford an automobile of such panache. Surprisingly lots of room in
the back of this car, and plenty of storage for the luggage. Nice
interior, and good exterior give this an overall rating of fair to
good depending upon where you are looking.
NO TITLE-SOLD ON A BILL OF SALE ONLY
Please note, this vehicle does not come with a battery.
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.