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1954 Oldsmobile 88

I saw this 1954 Olds 88 when I stopped at Home Depot today. What struck me about is that it has the new B-body platform that Chevrolet moved to in 1955. I didn't realize that another division had the jump on Chevy. Not sure when Buick and Pontiac went to the new platform. But I found it interesting that Olds had it before Chevrolet.

Of course, as I think about it, that's really not that rare. Chevy was the last division to ditch the RWD g-body Monte Carlo and go to the w-body Lumina back in 1989.

Anyway, I thought this was worth sharing. BTW, if anyone is interested, it's for sale here in Plano. Also note that it has shackles on the rear springs jacking it up a bit. I suppose that's to compensate for worn springs, but it throws off the stance some.


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Oldsmobile was GM's experimental division or guinea pig. Some things were chrome plating, automatic aka safety transmission, inflatable restraint as early as 1974 and on board DVD player.

I grew up in and around the Lansing area and still live in the area. At one time we had 5 plants and 25K people employed. Now down to 2 plants plus a parts warehouse and 5k employees.

My dad and uncle both worked for Oldsmobile. I have two Oldsmobiles and I am a master judge for the Oldsmobile club of america.

GM in the fifties had 65 percent of the market share. Now it's 22. They killed 5 divisions over total stupidity. And continue the same routine of hiring dog food and soap people! Why not car people that have some passion and knowledge.

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For years, my father bought new Oldsmobile’s. I learned to drive with my father’s Oldsmobile Delta 88, with the 425 CID “Rocket V-8”. The cars used for my school’s mandatory driver education training were full-size Pontiacs. I still have fond memories of a variety of Oldsmobiles my father owned, including a Toronado.
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I saw this 1954 Olds 88 when I stopped at Home Depot today. What struck me about is that it has the new B-body platform that Chevrolet moved to in 1955. I didn't realize that another division had the jump on Chevy. Not sure when Buick and Pontiac went to the new platform. But I found it interesting that Olds had it before Chevrolet.



Of course, as I think about it, that's really not that rare. Chevy was the last division to ditch the RWD g-body Monte Carlo and go to the w-body Lumina back in 1989.



Anyway, I thought this was worth sharing. BTW, if anyone is interested, it's for sale here in Plano. Also note that it has shackles on the rear springs jacking it up a bit. I suppose that's to compensate for worn springs, but it throws off the stance some.





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Not interested in buying but is that Plano IL?
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Not interested in buying but is that Plano IL?
Plano, TX.

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