EXCLUSIVE: 1955 Oldsmobile 88

For 1954, Oldsmobile restyle the 88 and while it’s a beautiful car, one of the coolest features has to be the Rocket 88 badges. They are little rocket ships, how cool is that! This particular 88 is a highly original survivor that has covered just 41k miles. It’s in perfect running and driving condition but needs a new home. It’s actually a part of the Dahl’s Old Car Museum collection in Davenport, Iowa and has been on display there. If you’d love to have one of the nicest Olds 88s we’ve ever seen, be sure to contact Jennifer via the form below!

What Makes It Special? Extremely original survivor car with one repaint in the 1970’s. Car was sold originally at McEleney’s Motors in Clinton, IA. Trade back to the McEleney Family in 1970’s and put into their private collection. Rocket 88 V-8, automatic transmission, spinner caps, AM radio, dealer added compass. One of the most desirable Oldsmobiles of the 1970’s. Original McEleney dealer tag on the trunk. Bought by K.V. Dahl in 2005 and displayed at the Dahl’s Old Car Museum. Runs and drives like a dream. 41,555 original miles. A very nice car.

Body Condition: One repaint in the 1970’s. Original McEleney dealer tag on the trunk.

Mechanical Condition: Rocket 88 V-8, automatic transmission, spinner caps, AM radio, dealer added compass. Runs and drives like a dream. 41,555 original miles.

So, will you be taking off in this rocket? Hopefully, we can find a good home for it where it will be enjoyed, but preserved. It really is a beautiful car and would be amazing to have if you want something to drive to car shows and in parades!

Do you have a survivor that needs to go, please consider listing it for sale here on Barn Finds!

  • Asking Price: $28,000
  • Location: Davenport, Iowa
  • Mileage: 41,555
  • Title Status: Clean
  • VIN: 557M3191

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  1. Uncle Bob

    Gorgeous car, and a two door to boot, worth buying. If………… A repaint takes it out of the “Extremely” original, and even original, category and may be the only weakness that a sincere buyer might bargain on if the rest is verifiable.

  2. Wayne from oz.

    Awesome, except for red heater hoses. Pity it hasn’t got two more doors. Guess you can’t have everything.

  3. Bob C.

    OMG, my father had this car. I was little, but it was the same exact color combination except it was a 4 door.

  4. Mountainwoodie

    Pretty sweet.good looking and expensive (!) and as always, even though the song was written about an earlier version of the Car…………..an opportunity to listen to one of the coolest rnr songs ever:


  5. PatrickM

    Now we’re talking!! title of this article says, ” ’54” Olds. This is a ’55. But, that’s okay with me. I forgive… The only thing I see wrong here is there are no underside pics. However, I would love to have this! It is really difficult for me to not bid on this. Right now, I have too much else to deal with. Dang, man!!

  6. charlie

    Uncle had one, I was 16, let me drive it, neighbor had a Buick with the same basic body, the Buick was soft, wallowed, Dynaflow was slow, Olds with Hydramatic was much firmer, much more responsive, shift to S (for Super but was really gear 3 of the 4 I think) given a choice, there was no question that the Olds was the car to have. A lot more guts than my father’s ’56 Chevy, let alone the really gutless ’50 Studebaker that I began on and the ’54 Plymouth provided by Driver’s Ed, with Hi Drive. So this Olds would be good to go anywhere at Interstate speeds, but too nice to drive much?

  7. BOP_GUY Member

    Absolutely beautiful! When I was little, my grandfather had a 55 with very similar colors, if I remember correctly. Wish I had a picture of it. Man, I wish I had the actual car! Good luck with the sale.

  8. Howard A Member

    When I was in high school, a friend,who was older, had a ’55 Olds like this, only a 4 door, as well. We re-arranged the letters in the grill to read “Leboomsled”. It burned so much oil, he was running it on almost straight STP. He lived on a hill, and would roll backwards down the hill, throw it in low, and it smoked the tire for half a block. He literally killed that car.

  9. RITON

    When I click on the small pics under the text I end up looking at a Wildcat??? Where are the bigger pictures?

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