Thanks to reader John G for sending us the link to this very nice looking 1950 Olds Rocket 88 two door for sale here on craigslist in Seattle, Washington. Even though this is a non-running example that has been sitting in storage since 1960 and there is very little information provided about its condition, this car is likely to sell fairly quickly at or near the asking price of $3,500.
The car is said to be complete, 100% original, including paint, and its fender skirts are in the trunk. As was very typical for these cars, the floors and rear quarters are rusty and will need work. Nothing said about interior, which may well need to be replaced. The engine turns over by hand but has not run in over 55 years, and it’s very possible this car was put away in 1960 because of mechanical issues.
1950 was the second year Oldsmobile offered the the now-famous Rocket 88, featuring the first mass produced overhead valve V-8 (with 303 cid in these early years) in the relatively light intermediate size GM body. Drivers who liked to go faster than their neighbors loved this Oldsmobile 88, which the company labelled “Futuramic” to make sure potential buyers knew this was a new design for the post-war era.
The car offered for sale here is called a club coupe, even though it looks like a sedan. Many of these cars were hot rodded or made into mild customs over the years – above is a beautiful example that was featured in a Hot Rod magazine article a few years ago. This one is stock looking but heavily modified with thousands of hours of work done to modernize and improve on the original.
Despite the amount of work this car for sale here doubtless needs, I think it is going to be purchased fairly quickly and either restored or made into a custom like the one pictured here. Compared to so many similar cars I’ve seen recently, even with the work needed, this good looking, complete Olds looks like a good deal for its next owner.