September 19, 2017
No, this isn’t a still photo from American Graffiti. I passed this 1957 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket 88 holiday coupe one recent Saturday afternoon in Blasdell, sitting in front of a shop with a few other period hot rods & customs scattered around. In 1957 Olds introduced the Golden Rocket 88 moniker only to replace it (after one year) with the 1958 Dynamic 88. Also, the previously-named Ninety-Eight was changed for one year in 1957 to Starfire 98 (Starfire previously being used for the convertible only), before changing back to the spelled-out Ninety-Eight in 1958. Not sure what they were thinking there. Pretty confusing.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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