Fiesta Wagon: 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88

1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 Fiesta Wagon

One thing is for sure, Oldsmobile went all out when they designed the Super 88 Fiesta Wagon! This example isn’t exactly stock, but its body is uncut and wears its original trim. And boy is there a lot of trim on this thing! Someone has lowered this exceptionally rare and cool wagon, but I actually don’t mind it. I do have to admit though that a vehicle as rare and special as this really deserves to be restored back to original. If you haven’t ever heard of the Super 88 Fiesta, that’s because they only built 8k or so! This one can be found here on eBay in Dade City, Florida with a current bid of $2,750 and no reserve!

1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 Engine

The Fiesta really was meant to be a fun wagon, with the option to equip it with a six pack of carbs for 312 horsepower it was actually one quick family hauler. This car appears to be equipped with the more mundane 4 barrel setup, which was only good for 305 horse. Oh wait, that’s still an impressive amount of power for a 1958 station wagon! I bet there were more than a few teenagers who had too much fun in the family’s Fiesta wagon and ended up running it into a pole or ditch.

1958 Oldsmobile Fiesta Wagon

These things really were impressive, but there isn’t much information about them out there. I think they are often overlooked because they came as a 4 door, but I think in this case the extra set of doors just increases the cool factor! I’d love to have one of these, but I’m a bit nervous about buying this one. I get that way anytime rare and customized are in the same sentence, as it usually means you are going to have a hard time finding the correct parts and trim. As long as all the hard to find bits are here and unmodified, it might be alright. What do you think? Is it worth taking on this lowered party wagon?

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Comments

  1. Howard A Member

    What a freakin’ tank! And they say the Chrysler’s of this era were strange looking. There’s a 5 mph bumper for ya’. I’d say you’d stick out in a crowd with this one. Keeping in mind, while it does have 300 hp, it weighs a bunch, so the 2 cancel each other out. Cool car.

  2. KO

    Wow, beautiful and bold! I want it!

  3. DrinkinGasoline

    The 58 Olds’ and Buick’s make me want to own a plating shop. $CHA CHING$ Beautiful wagon.

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    • Alan (Michigan)

      Seriously.

      I think that there must have been some inside GM competition to see which marque could throw down the biggest bumpers! Those things are HUGE!

      Like 1
  4. CoventryCat

    Would hate to be the guy in a TR3 getting tapped by that front bumper.

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    • DrinkinGasoline

      Imagine driving a Fiat 500 or worse yet, a Smart Car and seeing that Olds creeping up fast on your six in the rearview….gives me the willies just thinking about it.

      • Jesse James

        I’m sure if that thing passed up a smart car it would sent it into a whiffle ball spin in a hurry

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      • tugdoc

        4650 lb., drum brakes, no seat belts, grandpa driving, loaded with grand kids yikes!

  5. Walt

    A Very Deep Space Battle Cruiser, twin ray blasters imbedded in
    that huge 600 lb. bumper !

    Like 1
  6. grant

    It’s up to $3850 now. If it stays under 6k or so, THIS will be an example of how a person on a budget can join the classic car world. Just look at that preposterous thing. Magnificent. You could drive it while you tinkered with it and brought it back to spec. Love it.

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  7. JW454

    That is one big honkin’ bumper in the front and, while we’re at it, the back one is no toothpick either.

  8. Bob Hess

    As a kid I always thought anything made in ’58 was world class ugly. I still feel that way but if you take some of these “design by committee” designs and do simple things like lower them it’s amazing how they come alive. Ugly but cool.

    • MikeH

      Anything American made in ’58 is STILL world class ugly, and the Buicks and Oldsmobiles were at the top of the list. Now they are unique, but still ugly.

  9. Roselandpete

    Love vintage wagons. GM had some over the top great styles in 58.

  10. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Bet it goes to a foreign buyer….reserve maybe not hit until $12,500 or more. We had the Buick mate to this in our yard on top of two other junkers – someone finally noticed it – and the rarity….glad it found a home about 1991.

    • grant

      If you look at the eBay page it’s a no reserve auction. Someone might get a nice deal.

      • Russ

        Final sale price 9666.

  11. Bobsmyuncle

    Not sure what bits and parts you are worried about, looks pretty complete to me…

    Fantastic looking car. Only thing I’d do is remove the tint.

  12. BradL

    The paint code of 68-90 means it was originally Mountain Haze over Victorian White (brown over light tan).

  13. angliagt

    this thing just looks weird! I don’t know if it’s
    the hub caps,the light blue paint,or what?

  14. Prowler

    Cars like this will never be built again
    Auto makers in this Era did everything they could to show off
    These cars had so much detail in chrome…stainless and body lines.
    Long live the long roofs

  15. Ron

    My dad had a black 4 door sedan like this. Was 5 years old sleeping in the back seat many times. Land yacht or tank.

  16. RoughDiamond

    The design of that 1958 Super 88 Fiesta wagon is something to behold. Beautiful!

  17. Candy man jim

    Or this bad boy 1959 Edsel villager
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/142097693901

    • Bobsmyuncle

      Both!

  18. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Selling some other cool stuff also.

    • Alan (Michigan)

      The seller “mcl23aren” has been seen before in another BF feature.

      Funny that even though he buys, preps, and sells more vintage cars and motorcycles in a year than most enthusiasts will in a lifetime, he claims: “However, I am by no means an expert on vintage cars (motorcycles).” A look at his seller history gives a good idea on his level of knowledge.

      Don’t construe this to be only a critical comment, however. This guy is obviously providing a service, bringing to light some very interesting rides which would otherwise be sent to the scrap yard.

  19. Rich Truesdell

    These Oldsmobiles and their Buick hardtop station wagon counterparts, had bodies built Ionia Manufacturing, the same company that built the Continental Mark II bodies. These station wagons did not have Bodies by Fisher.

    Information can be found here.

    http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/i/ionia/ionia.htm

    I wrote about this 1957 Buick Century for Cars and Parts years ago. Some info on the bodies is contained in the story.

    http://photos.imageevent.com/mmm_mag/richtruesdellpdfs/57per20Buickper20Century.pdf

    These are magnificent cars, especially the rare pillarless hardtop station wagons.

    • Alan (Michigan)

      Spectacular car, Rich! Thanks for posting the link to your article. Those postwar years clearly were a time when the car companies surged ahead in a quest for style, performance, and comfort.

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