Pick of the Day: 1950 Oldsmobile 88 custom coupe

The Oldsmobile's trim has been cleaned up and the chrome polished
The Oldsmobile’s trim has been cleaned up and the chrome polished

The Pick of the Day is a gorgeous cover girl, a dream machine that graced the front cover and centerfold of the November 4, 1991, edition of Hot Rod Mechanix magazine, under the headline, “My Blue Heaven.”

The coupe is painted in an attractive shade called Crest Blue
The coupe is painted in an attractive shade called Crest Blue

The 1950 Oldsmobile 88 coupe has been tastefully transformed into a period-style custom cruiser with a cleaned-up nose, grille and rear deck, and painted a luscious shade called Crest Blue. The Olds is powered by its original, rebuilt 303 cid Rocket V8 and three-speed automatic, with new brakes, tires, springs, shocks and battery, according to the Brainerd, Minnesota, dealer advertising the coupe on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Mark’s 1978 Oldsmobile Toronado

Low-VIN car now needs a lot of TLC
Low-VIN car now needs a lot of TLC

I worked at Clark Oldsmobile in West Palm Beach, Florida, right after graduating high school in 1978. This (formerly) beautiful but still rare and unusual Oldsmobile Toronado came in for service and oil changes.

I gave the owner my name and number and told him to call if he ever wanted to sell it. In 1980 he did, and my dad purchased it. They drove it very little. Continue reading

’56 Olds-based original Batmobile on Vicari auction docket

First licensed Batmobile was built on 1956 Oldsmobile chassis | Vicari photos
First licensed Batmobile was built on 1956 Oldsmobile chassis | Vicari photos

What is believed to be the first officially licensed Batmobile, a 1956 Oldsmobile 88 customized by then 23-year-old Forrest Robinson and his friend, Len Perham, is headed to auction as part of the Vicari sale scheduled for October 5-7 at Biloxi, Mississippi.

Vicari reports that the car was sanctioned by a DC Comics licensee — All Star Dairies/Green Acres — and was built in the Robinson family barn in New England. It was completed two years before George Barris and his team created the first Batmobile for the television series. Continue reading

Driven: 1942 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Club Sedan

1942 Oldsmobile was the first car equipped with GM's revolutionary Hydra-Matic transmission | Nick Kurczewski photos
1942 Oldsmobile was the first car equipped with GM’s revolutionary Hydra-Matic transmission | Nick Kurczewski photos

For automotive purists, now might be the time to look away. That’s because standing right in front of you is the car that helped bring automatic shifting to the masses. While the sleek Art Deco exterior of this 1942 Oldsmobile is striking, it’s what connects car’s inline8-cylinder engine to the rear wheels that makes this truly an historic automobile. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible

1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible has 50-year, single-family ownership history
1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible has 50-year, single-family ownership history

Being offered for sale after 50 years of single-family ownership, this 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible comes with what the seller reports to be “unrivaled documentation.”

According to the ad on ClassicCars.com, that documentation includes the original sales order, bill of sale and winter sticker, as well as the owner’s manual, data plate, original keys and knockouts, original 1966 New Hampshire license plates, and “all receipts.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1989 Honda CRX

The 1989 Honda CRX is a well-preserved dry Arizona car
The 1989 Honda CRX is a well-preserved dry Arizona car

There is a lot of discussion in the hobby about future classic cars. Will there be any? What are they? Who will the collectors be, and when will we see their influence?

If you look at today’s collector car market, it is already happening. And a lot of the cars rising in collectability are from Japan, models such as the Nissan GTR and the Acura NSX. These cars are already changing hands in excess of $50,000. But there are Japanese collector cars that can be had for a lot less.

The Pick of the Day, a 1989 Honda CRX for sale in Phoenix, Arizona, can be had for about a tenth that. These sporty little hatchbacks were extremely popular in their day among young drivers, who are older now and perhaps looking to relive the experience. Today’s younger drivers also find a lot to like about the CRX. Continue reading

Fast and rare, an original 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible set for auction by Russo and Steele

The 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible is a high-performance survivor  | Russo and Steele
The 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible is a high-performance survivor | Russo and Steele

(Note: An earlier version of this story stated incorrectly that the car had been restored.  The Olds is actually a completely original survivor that has never required restoration.) 

A highly original, preserved example of a sought-after muscle car, a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 4-speed convertible, will hit the auction ring in January during Russo and Steele’s 16th annual Scottsdale sale. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible

1967 Cutlass Supreme convertible
1967 Cutlass Supreme convertible

Pose your classic car next to a classic airplane and chances are your classified advertisement is going to draw a lot of attention. That certainly was the case with our Pick of the Day for today. It’s a 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible parked on the tarmac next to an historic military aircraft. Continue reading

Pick of the Week: 1940 Oldsmobile Dynamic wagon

The 1940 Oldsmobile Dynamic woodie wagon is a one-of-a-kind period custom
The 1940 Oldsmobile Dynamic woodie wagon is a one-of-a-kind period custom

Woodie wagons are back in style, not so much as when The Beach Boys sang about them with surfboards hanging out everywhere but as bona fide collectors’ items respected for their period charm. Continue reading