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In 1957, Oldsmobile marked its 50th anniversary with the Golden Rocket series, which included the 88, Super 88, and Starfire 98 models. To compete in the ensuing horsepower race of the day, Oldsmobile increased the capacity of its V-8 to 371 cid and matched it with the Jetaway four-speed automatic transmission, which wowed auto aficionados with its seamless efficiency. The Golden Rockets featured suave ovoid styling throughout – but most noticeably, the rear-quarter panels were crowned by a sophisticated rolling tunnel, evocative of a surfer’s wave, that spurned the angular fin frenzy of the day.
This gorgeous example of the 1957 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight presents in beautiful, largely original condition in Dove Gray with Ice Green accents on the exterior and green brocade cloth with cream leather bolsters inside. It was owned for many years by Alan Faultas of Ellensburg, Washington, who kept the aptly dubbed “Holiday Deluxe” at Lake Chelan in Washington specifically for outings during the family’s summer vacations. The current owner purchased the car from Mr. Faultas in 1998, with all the routine maintenance work performed by John Munson of Ramshead Automobile Collection in Sacramento.
Showing less than 43,000 miles, this gray and green Ninety-Eight Hardtop is a wonderful example of the nouveau design approach that was exclusive to Oldsmobile. Its stout driveline and sophisticated, unconventional details offer its new owner the joyful experience of summer cruising at any time of year.