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Oldsmobile : Eighty-Eight Super 88 Convertible

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Car location: United States

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Oldsmobile : Eighty-Eight Super 88 Convertible for sale

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The Ultra Classic 1956 Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible

This rare classic convertible is a real beauty and the result of a professional and thorough ground- up. frame- off. five-year restoration. As one of only 9561 produced. every effort has been made to restore it to its brilliant original condition.   The car is powered by its 324 cubic in. 240 hp Rocket V-8 with Hydramatic transmission.

The Restoration

This classic convertible was completely dismantled. bead blasted. painted and reassembled. The body on this car was amazingly solid and straight with no dents. The exceptional condition was probably because it was carefully maintained and has been garaged since the 70's.  The car was primed and painted in original specification red and white.   The under carriage was painted chassis black. and the floor pans were undercoated like they were originally. The all new interior and top were done to match the original by John Bush of J & J Upholstery of Covington. VA .

All bumpers were rechromed.   Several emblems also were replated while others were replaced with new quality reproductions. All window glass and rubber components are new.

All mechanical and electrical components of the car are original and reconditioned. The engine with 85. 00 original miles was totally rebuilt with a new crankshaft. pistons. rings. valves. etc. The transmission was completely rebuilt by a retired Oldsmobile transmission specialist.  The power steering pump. the steering gear box. and generator also were rebuilt. The brake system was overhauled completely with new wheel cylinders. brake shoes. hoses. brake lines and master cylinder/booster. All new wheel bearings. tie rod ends. and grease fittings were installed. The rear end was cleaned. greased. and reinstalled. The radiator was removed. flushed and repaired. The gas tank was removed. flushed. coated and painted. The carburetor is a rebuilt replacement. The fuel pump is new. remanufactured. The exhaust system is completely new. The tires are new. period-correct. bias-ply. wide wheel well tires.

This is an opportunity to own a rare classic that is fully restored to exemplary  9+ condition. The car is titled in VA and is free and clear.

Contact for more information

Buyers may call Dave at 540-354-7915 between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm EST or email at him at salemfour@verizon. net for more information and questions. Dave managed the overall restoration and has been the owner of more than 20 antique cars. Tom (brother to Dave) financed the restoration and can be reached at tefarewell@msn. com for questions on transfer etc.

Car History

This special car was purchased originally in Arlington. VA by the former U. S. Naval JAG Commander Corise P. Varn.  She had a distinguished career in the Navy including service in WWII and also was the first female editor of the Law Review at the University of Florida. Documents with the car indicate that she had the car in Naples. Italy during her tour of duty as a JAG in the U. S. embassy there in the early 1960's.   She returned to the U. S. . and the car was parked in 1965 when she retired to take care of her ailing mother.   The car was bought from Ms. Varns' estate in the 70's and moved to Salem. VA. where it was garaged until it was purchased by for restoration.


324 cubic in Rocket V-8

Rochester 4gc Quadrajet carburetor

Four speed Hydra Matic Automatic Transmission

Red/white base coat acrylic enamel

Power brakes

Power steering

Deluxe am radio

Deluxe steering wheel

2 tone vinyl interior (new)

Electric clock

Fiesta hubcaps

Fender skirts

Chrome plated bat wing air cleaner

122” wheel base

Weight 4033 lbs


Car cover. 1956 repair manual. 1956 brochure. tire jack. wrench. vanity mirror. and several items of memorabilia found in the car.

Payments and Transfer

Buyer responsible for pick-up and shipping

This vehicle is eligible for up to $50. 00 in Vehicle Purchase Protection when your transaction is completed online through eBay.

The car is offered as is/where is with no warranty implied.

Nonrefundable deposit due within 72 hours of sale; PayPal preferred. Balance due must be free and clear before pickup and title transfer. Balance due by cash. certified check or bank wire from approved US bank.

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