In the late 1960s, a man GAVE my father a '55 88 two door hard top. I was about eight years old, but I wish I were older, I would have loved to have gotten that car and restored it, but my dad traded it in 1970 for a '64 Dynamic 88. That '55 was a light gray when given to my dad, so he had it painted avocado green. It has the squared rear wheel wells, but not with teardrop skirts, they went straight across, like the '54s. I only remember it being an 88, not any other name. It had the small hubcaps, so I am guessing it was a junior 88 model, but man was it pretty. I just wish my dad had kept it and stored it somewhere, because even in the late sixties, the body was solid and intact. Then, after my dad traded the car for the '64, we saw the '55 parked in front of a house about one mile from our home. So, someone bought that car in a hurry, after my dad traded it in. Gosh, I wish I could go back in time now, and have that car to restore for my sons. Wow, what memories!
When I was a back in 1965, I owned a beautiful 1955 Olds Starfire 98 convertible. I believe it had a 371 cubic inch motor. It had a wonder bar radio. Such a strong car and fast for those days. Had the big wide whitewalls; such a beautiful car.
To 21st Jan 2011, 19:26.
If that 1955 had a 371 V8, that means that somebody did an engine swap. That car had a 324 as standard. The 371 was first made for the 1957 model year.
I just looked through all the 1955 Oldsmobile comments. Brought back too many good memories.
My Dad bought a 55 in about 57. Black top, White Body, Super 88, two door. Ended up driving it to Nebraska when we move there in 1961. The Olds had a grand life, through 150,000 miles, but finally passed away in 1965 at the age of 10. Money was tight, and who would put money into a 10 year old car.
I wish I had it today, it was a member of the family. At age 57 I can't tell you how many dreams I have had over the years that I found it, got it running and it was MINE!. Then sadly I wake up knowing it is long gone to a junk yard in Nebraska.
Best year Olds ever had. They were strong, and fast machines right off the factory line. Those were days when GM knew how to make a car that was quality. Sorry that the line is gone - Sorry that GM killed the brand. But how can a brand stay with faulty manufacture and distribution.
Back in 1964, I was 17 years old, and my father bought me a beautiful 1955 Olds Starfire Convertible; it was turquoise with a white top with a 371 Olds motor. Back then that was a lot of power. It had a Wonderbar radio and a button on the floor like a dimmer switch, and when you pressed the button with your foot, the radio would change stations. What I would give to have that today.
I have always enjoyed Oldsmobile vehicles, and today I am a proud owner of a 2004 GLS Alero, and I love it.
I am looking for a 1955 Delta 88 Holiday Coupe hard top. I am looking for my boyfriend, and I'm not sure where to search for such a rare vehicle?
If anyone has one or knows where I can get one, please email me @ email@example.com
Thanks for your time, Moni.
Moni... they show up from time to time in the classifieds at Hemmings Motor News. http://www.hemmings.com
My father-in-law (Richard in Wichita Ks) has owned the 55 black & gold Olds from WW and The Dixie Dance Kings for many years. The car has been handed down to me, and is looking forward to some TLC in Knob Noster Mo. TED.
My grandparents owned a 1955 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday. The exterior was black and gold with mint green interior. Do you have any pictures that you could post? My mom has great memories of the car going cross country, and would love to see pictures of your car.
My father restored a 55 Olds black and gold like in the movie. Fox sent him the movie and pictures, and he sold the car for 25,000. I wish I could find the car now.
In my younger years I also had a 1955 Oldsmobile. I had three of them at different times. The 1st one was a 55 Olds 4 door sedan, then came a 2 door hardtop, a beautiful red and white, and last I bought a 55 Olds Starfire convertible, which I was told by the dealership had a 371 cubic inch motor. I found out that the 55 Olds had three different size motors; a 324 cubic inch, a 371 cubic inch, plus a 391 cubic inch. I know the 55 Olds with the 371 had a lot more power that the other two Oldsmobiles, which I was told had the 324 cubic inch motors, But how I wish they made cars like the 55 Olds again; what a beautifully made vehicle.
To 21st Sep 2012, 13:23:
The only engine for the 1955s was the 324 V8. The 371 was first available in the 1957s. The 394 (not 391) appeared for the 1959 model year.
Yes he did. I was the one who sold it to him. I showed as a feature car on Starbirds show circuit for a year or so. I was living in Nashville when the movie was filmed. It was built by Doug's custom shop. I still remember every detail about this car. Hope to build another one some day.
I have ALWAYS wondered what happened to that '55 movie car. I've owned a black '56 Olds, 2-door "88" Holiday hardtop for over 7 years now.
I would LOVE to be able to see the "W.W." Olds in person and take some photos, if that was ever possible!
Mike Bradbury, Mountain Home, Idaho
I would very much like to get in contact with you!! I've got a lot of work to do on the WW. It's been locked away for a long time.
Ted from Knob Noster MO. I can post pics, but not sure where to post them. Have a happy T-day.
Sir, if you are in Knob Noster MO, I would be happy to let you take photos of the old girl. However, I'm just getting started putting her back to her old GLORY. Looking for a right rear panel, paint, and gas tank. I'm hoping to pick up the original motor this weekend from by father-in-law in Wichita Ks. The best way to get it all together. Ted.
I would like to talk with you. I'm Ted, Richard Augustus son in-law. I own the WW now.
Just finished watching WW and the Dixie Dance Kings, and just love watching that car. Couldn't imagine that someone would really burn a classic like that.
Hope your restoration is coming along. We look forward to any pics you might be willing to post or email if possible. We own a 1962 Pontiac Catalina 421 Tri-power 4 speed, and are in constant restoration! That's our life!
Bob and Mary