In the 1950s, Oldsmobile refined its winning strategy by providing more of everything—more power, more luxury and more style for the American automobile buyer. In turn, Oldsmobile moved up to fifth place in industry sales rankings for 1955, and in large part, Oldsmobile’s remarkable success was due to its increasingly powerful engines, long list of standard amenities and its modern and very stylish Holiday two- and four-door hardtop models.
For 1955, the entire Oldsmobile line continued with the X-member frame that was first introduced in 1954, with the larger 98 series riding a 126-inch wheelbase, four inches longer than that of the 88 line. The Super 88 and 98 shared the top Oldsmobile “Rocket” V-8 engine. While the entire Oldsmobile line offered many standard features not available on other makes, the 98 series raised the bar with a padded dash, an electric clock, power steering, windshield washers and a Deluxe steering wheel, plus courtesy and back-up lights.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
202 hp, 324 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, four-barrel Rochester Quadra-Jet carburetor, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126"