Take a look at this award winning 1940 Oldsmobile Series 60 Convertible brought to you by Caruso Classic Cars. This is truly a high end build with obsessive detailing evident throughout. The car has only 23,000 miles on it since the frame off restoration was completed in 2001. It has won many awards and has been featured in numerous publications over the years.
The restoration began by reworking the floor and inner fenders to make them solid, so the body could be removed for chassis work. The stock frame was then Z’d to accommodate Corvette suspension in both the front and rear. The chassis’ antiroll bar, springs, spindles, steering rack, brakes, master cylinder, and power booster are all either stock or aftermarket Corvette products. Budnik cobalt wheels complete the rolling chassis.
The hood as well as each fender was molded and the head light area was modified to accommodate Mercedes-Benz headlights. The grille and the sheet metal surrounding it was redesigned. In the rear, the roll pan was modified to accommodate custom exhaust pipes and custom designed tail lights were located in the widened fiberglass fenders.
The color is a custom House of Kolor mix dubbed “Apricot Perfect”. The convertible top was reworked resulting in the roof line being dropped nearly 2 inches. The top is powered by a custom pneumatic system incorporating the original cylinders. It can be opened and closed without the engine running.
An Olds 455ci was located, machined, and fine-tuned. The block was bored .030 over. The heads were ported, polished, and cc’d. An Edelbrock cam and lifters were used along with Milodon springs and rockers. The Edelbrock intake manifold and quadrajet carburetor are topped off with a custom air cleaner made from three headlight buckets.
The interior features power, heated, leather Cadillac DTS front seats. The rear seats are from the same Cadillac and were molded to fit the Olds. The custom carbon fiber dash houses VDO gauges, a Sony stereo, switches, and the glovebox. It also features power windows and Air Conditioning.
2001 Boston World of Wheels “Best in Class” and “Outstanding use of color”
2001 NSRA Nationals East “Director’s Pick”
2001 Goodguys East Coast “Coolest Pick”
2001 NSRA Nationals Northeast “PPG’s Best Use of Color”
2001 Crusin New England Super Wheels Showdown
2001 Mohegan Sun Elite Dream Machines
2004 and 2007 Adirondack Nationals “Favorite 50 Pick”
And many more to date.
Featured in Street Rodder Aug. 2002
Featured in Streetscene April 2002
Featured in the coffee table book “Great American Hot Rods” by Keith Harman and Chuck Vranas.
Photos appeared in StreetRod builder, NSRA Yearbook, and Hemmings Rods and Performance.
Manufacturer Oldsmobile 1 of 1285 manufactured
Chassis Mods Z’d by Stan
Rearend / Ratio Corvette, / 2.73:1
Suspension Corvette C-4 front & rear
Brakes Corvette power 4 wheel disc
Master Cylinder Corvette
Steering Corvette rack, GM column
Front Tires Michelin, 225/4517
Rear Tires Michelin, 275/4017
Gas Tank Steel 17 gals.
Wheels Budnik Cobalt design
Engine 1976 Oldsmobile
455 bored, balanced, ported, polished
Radiator Aluminum Crossflow
Heads Oldsmobile, J-ported, polished
Induction Edelbrock Quadrajet
Air cleaner Custom made steel
Ignition/ Wires GM HEI / Taylor
Exhaust / Muffler 2/12” Stainless / Borla
Transmission GM 200-4R
Body Convertible /steel
Hood One piece peaked
Grille Custom handmade Billet aluminum,
custom front roll pan
V butted windshield
Handmade steel running boards
Electric door latches, hidden handles
Power widows including vents
Pneumatic power convertible top
Power trunk latch
Smooth firewall & insert fender panels
Widen rear fenders (glass)
E320 Mercedes Benz headlights molded to front fenders.
Custom-made wrap-around taillights
Dashboard Steel, covered in leather with carbon fiber accent
Stereo Sony in dash with CD changer in the trunk
Air conditioning Airtique Heat-Defrost
Wiring E-Z kit
Seats 2000 Cadillac DTS (neutral shale leather)
16 way power, heat and shoulder harness
Carpet Tan wool
Paint House of Kolor / custom apricot pearl
Don’t miss your chance to own this one of kind convertible. Additional information is available upon request.