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Oldsmobile Rocket 88 2door Coupe on 2040-cars

Year:1951 Mileage:106233 Color: Black /

Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Body Type:Coupe
Engine:303 cu in
Vehicle Title:Clear
Fuel Type:Gas
For Sale By:Owner


VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
: xxxx
Year: 1951
Interior Color: Gray
Make: Oldsmobile
Model: Eighty-Eight
Trim: Eighty Eight
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Drive Type: Hydromatic
Mileage: 106,233
Sub Model: Futuramic
Disability Equipped: No
Exterior Color: Black
Number of Cylinders: 8

   This car is an amazing example of an unmolested survivor.  Completely rust free through out.  The car is reported to have spent it's whole life in central Virginia.  It appears to have been repainted sometime in the past.  I have no idea how long ago.  I see no signs of any repair work ever being done prior to the repaint.  Paint is exceptionally nice and shines beautifully, with only a few chips on the front from being driven. Chrome and stainless are excellent inside and out.  The interior is very nice also.  Dash  and all instruments are beautiful and all original.  All gauges work perfectly with the exception of the fuel gauge, which is showing signs of being temperamental.  Clock, wipers, fan blower, and all lights and turn signal function properly.  The interior appears to be and is in really nice condition.  Headliner, door panels, and  seats are tight. The back seat has some small damage from a mouse, it is down toward the bottom on  the kick panel.  The trunk is very clean and appears to be water tight, no water stains. 

   Mechanically this car is great. The original 303 cu. in. Rocket motor runs perfectly. Starts and runs strong and quiet. No smoke or strange noises.  Hydromatic shifts as it should.  Emergency brake functions properly.  These cars do not have a "Park" position on the column.  Car is fun to drive, and always attracts a crowd.  It is not just another Chevy or Ford. " IT'S A ROCKET 88 OLDS"   The only modification to original  is the addition of an Alternator in place of the Generator and an eight volt battery to aid in cold weather starting.  Mods were done very professionally.  Most people don't even notice the change.  The car still retains period correct cloth braid wiring harness.

   The car currently has after market wheels, (for that hot rod look) the original wheels and hub caps are shown in the pictures,  buyer can have their choice of which ever set they want. I will mount either set for you.

   This is one of the nicest unmolested Oldsmobiles I have seen in years, You can drive this car to any cruise or car show with pride, because you DROVE it there. And it's a ROCKET!!

   Thanks for looking and happy bidding, If you win this car you will not be disappointed!   E-mail me for any additional information you require.  God Bless!

   Now the legal stuff:  No warranty is implied, I will help with loading with your shipper, or will possible transport on the East Coast for a fee.  Payment: $1000.00 due within 48 hrs of sale,   Balance:  cash in hand or wire transfer, vehicle will be released upon verification of funds.

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