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1959 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible, Original 65,000 Mile Car on 2040-cars

Year:1959 Mileage:65000
Location:

West Des Moines, Iowa, United States

West Des Moines, Iowa, United States

 For Sale is an ORIGINAL CONDITION 1959 Oldsmobile 98 CONVERTIBLE.   Only 7,514 of these were produced new and very few are left.   This car is extremely rare because it is in original condition with 65,000 original miles.   This car belonged to a gentleman who passed away over 25 years ago.   His wife parked the car and did not drive it ever.  It has been garaged it's entire life but sat for the last 24 plus years garaged and was not even started.  The woman passed away recently and my father-in-law purchased the car non-running.  The engine turned over by hand so we knew it would run.  It was professionally brought back to life by putting all new belts and hoses on it.  All of the fluids were flushed, the fuel tank was flushed and the brakes were all gone through.  After starting it, we discovered it also needed a new fuel pump and filter so these were also changed.  It also needed a new battery.   The tires are from the 1980's and are in great shape, no dry rot because they were out of the sun. 

The car is an amazing time-machine.  The interior is completely original and the only issue I saw was a small tear on the passenger side, side of the seat near where the seat folds forward.  It is minor and an upholstery shop can easily repair it.   You can see in the pictures that rest of the seats are in great shape as is the dash and carpet.

The drivetrain is also original and UNRESTORED.   The engine runs great and is very quiet.  You can barely hear the car running while you sit in it with the top down.  It is the 394 ci Rocket V8 (315 hp @ 4600 rpm, 435 lbs of torque).  The transmission is an automatic Hydramatic which runs like new.  It shifts perfectly and smoothly.  This car features power steering, power windows, power brakes, power seat and a power top.  Power top pump was just rebuilt. 

The body is 100% original and has only 1 small rust issue as pictured.  The opposite side of the car is fine, which is strange.  There are some dings in the car as pictured.  The previous driver must have had some issues parking it but no major dings or damage.  Has the original spare tire & jack.  You can fit a small army in the trunk, gigantic. 

Similar original cars (non-restored) would bring $55-75,000 at auction.   We believe this car to be in the range of $40,000-$50,000 as it sits.  The current NADA book lists this car with an AVERAGE Retail of $62,260 due to the rarity of it.  Add in the original condition and this adds substantial value for any collector or museum. 

This car runs and drives very smoothly.   I would not drive it any long distance just for the fact that is hasn't been really driven on the open roads for over 25 years.  Everything looks and sounds good on it but I would want to drive it around and test it out before taking it on any long road trips.   You can have this car inspected by appointment. 

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GM recalling 8.4M cars, 8.2M related to ignition problems

Mon, 30 Jun 2014

General Motors today announced a truly massive recall covering some 8.4 million vehicles in North America. Most significantly, 8.2 million examples of the affected vehicles are being called back due to "unintended ignition key rotation," though GM spokesperson Alan Adler tells Autoblog that this issue is not like the infamous Chevy Cobalt ignition switch fiasco.
For the sake of perspective, translated to US population, this total recall figure would equal a car for each resident of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, the District of Columbia, Vermont and Wyoming. Combined. Here's how it all breaks down:
7,610,862 vehicles in North America being recalled for unintended ignition key rotation. 6,805,679 are in the United States.

This Or That: 1980 Oldsmobile 442 vs. 1989 BMW 635CSi [w/poll]

Thu, 09 Oct 2014

The last time I roped a coworker into an automotive debate, I lost. Resoundingly, I might add. Still, 2,385 voters chose to cast their lots for the Fiat 500 Abarth, as opposed to 5,273 choosing the Ford Fiesta ST, and so I can rest easy in the knowledge that at least 30 percent of you, dear readers, see things my way. I still like to think we have more fun, too.
My loss in the first round of our This or That series, in which two Autoblog editors pick sides on any given topic and then attempt to explain why the other is completely wrong, didn't stop me from picking another good-natured fight, this time with Senior Editor Seyth Miersma. Last time, our chosen sides were eerily similar in design, albeit quite different in actual execution. This time, our vehicular peculiarities couldn't seemingly fall any further from one another: A 1980 Oldsmobile 442 wouldn't seem to match up in comparison to a 1989 BMW 635CSi.
How did we come up with such disparate contenders? Simple, really. Seyth and I mutually agreed to choose a car that's currently for sale online. It had to be built and sold in the 1980s, and it had to be a coupe. The price cap was set at $10,000. The fruits of our searching labors will henceforth be disputed, with Seyth on the side of the Germans, and myself arguing in favor of the Rocket Olds. Am I setting myself up for another lopsided loss?

eBay Find of the Day: 1976 GMC Motorhome is a jolly green giant

Wed, 18 Jun 2014

If you have a need to relive the 1970s, then here is the vehicle for you. This groovy blast from the past is a 1976 GMC Motorhome currently for auction in Florida on eBay Motors, and it is one green machine - just not in the modern sense.
The seller claims that this beast has had just two owners and has covered a mere 61,308 miles in its decades on the road. It's reportedly never been restored or repainted and comes with all of the necessary books and manuals. A 7.5-liter (455-cubic-inch) Oldsmobile V8 with a three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission powering the front wheels propels this far-out RV, and the double set of rear wheels out back use a self-leveling air suspension to provide a cushy ride.
The purported low miles and good condition really make this GMC a stand out, though. The exterior combination of lime stripes and beige with just a touch of green is like nothing else on the road today. Plus, the polished bumpers and wheels make it all pop. Inside, it's even better with monochromatic green upholstery and shag carpet. It features everything you'd ever need on a long trip, including a bathroom, kitchenette and lots of seating. The only hint of modernization is an HD TV next to the stove, but its size is a perfect fit for the hole there.