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Oldsmobile 88

 from 1949 to 1999

Oldsmobile 88 road car

1949 : Generation 1


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Oldsmobile introduced the 88 badge in 1949.
It was named to complement the already-existing 76 and 98, and took the place of the Oldsmobile Straight-8 engined 78 in the model lineup.
The new car used the same new Futuramic B-body platform as the Oldsmobile Straight-6 engined 76 but paired it with the powerful new Rocket V8 engine.
This combination of a relatively small light body and large, powerful engine made it a precursor to the muscle car.
The Rocket 88 vaulted Oldsmobile from a somewhat staid, conser ...

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Oldsmobile 88 Futuramic,Deluxe,Super  (1949-1953)



Oldsmobile 88  convertible  (1949-1953)

1954 : Generation 2


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The 1954 Oldsmobiles were completely restyled with new longer and lower body shells and wrap-around windshields and rear windows.
Wheelbases increased to 122 inches (3.1 m).
Base models reverted back to being simply called 88s after being designated as DeLuxe 88s for only one year and the Super 88 was once again the mid-line series.
The Rocket V8 was enlarged from 303 to 324 cubic inches with 88s powered by a two-barrel, 170 horsepower (130 kW) unit while Super 88s came with a 185 horsepower (138 kW) versi ...

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Oldsmobile 88 Super,Golden Rocket  (1954-1956)



Oldsmobile 88 Super convertible  (1954-1956)

1957 : Generation 3


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For 1957 only, the basic 88 was officially named Golden Rocket 88, taken from Olds' 1956 Motorama two-passenger show car.
However, the only badging was an "88" underneath each taillight.
Also for 1957 the "J2" option was offered, with three 2-barrel (0.32 m3) carburetors, similar to the Pontiac Tri-Power.
The Super 88 continued as the upscale mid-line series.
Under the hood, the Rocket V8 increased in displacement to 371 cubic inches and 277 horsepower (207 kW) for all models across the board.
Styling high ...

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Oldsmobile 88 Super,Golden Rocket  (1957-1957)



Oldsmobile 88 Super convertible  (1957-1957)



Oldsmobile 88 Dynamic,Super  (1958-1958)



Oldsmobile 88 Dynamic,Super convertible  (1958-1958)

1959 : Generation 4


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All Oldsmobiles were completely restyled for 1959 with a longer, lower and wider body on the basic GM B-body, which for the first time was used on all of General Motors' standard-sized cars from the lowest-priced Chevrolet to the most-expensive Cadillac.
Styling highlights for the new models, promoted as the "Linear Look," included six-window styling on four-door pillared sedans, glassy semi-fastback rooflines on Holiday coupes and flat-blade rooflines with thin windshield and C-pillars on Holiday sedans w ...

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Oldsmobile 88 Dynamic,Super  (1959-1960)



Oldsmobile 88 Dynamic,Super convertible  (1959-1960)

1961 : Generation 5


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An all-new body and chassis with perimeter "Guard Beam" frame and all-coil suspension replacing the previous leaf springs highlighted the 1961 full-sized Oldsmobiles, which were joined by the new compact F-85.
Wheelbases remained the same as in 1960, but overall length and width were reduced slightly.
All full-sized Oldsmobiles were now powered by the 394 cubic-inch Rocket V8 with the Dynamic 88 getting a two-barrel, 250 hp (186 kW) version that used regular gas, while the Super 88 was powered by a four-ba ...

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Oldsmobile 88 Dynamic,Super,Jetstar  (1961-1964)



Oldsmobile 88 Dynamic,Super,Jetstar convertible  (1961-1964)

1965 : Generation 6


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The Delta name appeared for the first time in 1965 as an upscale trim line of the Dynamic 88, the Dynamic 88 Delta, replacing the previous top-series B-body Olds, the Super 88.
Early '65s were referred to as Dynamic 88 Deltas, but within a few weeks after the start of the model year, Olds began marketing the line as a separate series known as the Delta 88.
Other full-sized Oldsmobile model lines included the low-priced Jetstar 88, the volume-selling Dynamic 88, sporty Jetstar I and the sporty and luxurious ...

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Oldsmobile 88 Jetstar,Dynamic,Delta  (1965-1966)



Oldsmobile 88 Dynamic,Delta convertible  (1965-1966)



Oldsmobile 88 Delmont,Delta  (1967-1967)



Oldsmobile 88 Delmont,Delta convertible  (1967-1967)



Oldsmobile 88 Delmont,Delta  (1968-1969)



Oldsmobile 88 Delmont convertible  (1968-1969)



Oldsmobile 88 Delta  (1970-1970)



Oldsmobile 88 Delta convertible  (1970-1970)

1971 : Generation 7


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All GM B-body full-size cars were completely restyled and enlarged for 1971, but continued to ride on a 124-inch (3,150 mm) wheelbase.
It was available as a pillared four-door Town Sedan, two-door and four-door Holiday hardtops and a convertible.
Series models for 1971 included the base Delta 88, Delta 88 Custom and Delta 88 Royale, the latter inheriting the convertible body style previously offered on the base Delta 88.
All models received fuselage styling somewhat similar to what Chrysler Corporation int ...

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Oldsmobile 88 Delta  (1971-1972)



Oldsmobile 88 Delta Royale convertible  (1971-1972)



Oldsmobile 88 Delta  (1973-1973)



Oldsmobile 88 Delta Royale convertible  (1973-1973)



Oldsmobile 88 Delta  (1974-1975)



Oldsmobile 88 Delta Royale convertible  (1974-1975)

1976 : Generation 8


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The 1977 Delta 88s and other GM B-body cars were considerably downsized from their predecessors in length and wheelbase (116 inches the same as the four-door 197377 A-body Cutlass Sedan models) and nearly 900 lb (410 kg) lighter in weight, with curb weights dropping to between 3,500 and 3,600 pounds depending on model.
Other than a reduction in shoulder room, however, interior room was not adversely affected; in fact, headroom and rear seat legroom increased.
Both base Delta 88 and Royale models were no ...

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Oldsmobile 88 Delta  (1976-1985)

1985 : Generation 9


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For 1986, the Delta 88 switched platforms from the GM B platform to the smaller front-wheel drive H platform, with a wheelbase of only 110.8 inches (2,814 mm).
The headlights changed from square sealed beam quads to integrated regular/high beam composite lamps in 1987.
A few NASCAR teams built racecars with 1986 Delta 88 sheeetmetal and ran them on the circuit in the 86-88 seasons, however only one victory (Terry LaBonte) was scored. ...

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Oldsmobile 88   (1985-1991)

1992 : Generation 10


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The Oldsmobile Eighty Eight was redesigned for 1992, following the redesign of the Ninety Eight the previous year.
This would prove to be the last Eighty Eight or 88 model from Oldsmobile (along with its performance LSS and Regency models) before being discontinued in 1999 with the 2001 Aurora V6 as a replacement.
The 3.8 L Buick V6 was still the only engine, but output increased to 170 hp (130 kW) and 220 ftlbf (300 Nm) of torque. ...

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Oldsmobile 88   (1992-1999)



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