July 31, 2019
With all of that chrome trim, at first glance it’s hard to imagine that this 1958 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Holiday Sedan is from the Lansing manufacturer’s lowest-priced model lineup. Of course, parking it next to the higher-priced Super 88 or Ninety-Eight would show that indeed, Olds’ designers seem like they may have owned stock in the chrome-plating business. All of the 1958 Olds models shared one of General Motors’ mid-fifties design tricks — the hidden gas-filler door. The Olds gas filler neck, or “gas port” as the brochure described it, was accessed by lifting the top portion of the driver’s side taillight framework (see below), leaving the quarter panel (again, from the brochure) with “…nothing visible to mar the smooth, unbroken sweep from the new front end to the sparkling Twin Blades.” Saw this one as last Friday’s weekly cruise night at Striker’s Lanes in West Seneca.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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