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1955 Oldsmobile Rocket 88

Restored to Driving Condition

  Lot # SUPER
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1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 

This 1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 offers the perfect canvas for a personalized restoration. With the heart of an Oldsmobile Rocket 455 Engine paired with Flowmaster exhaust, this classic stands poised for its next chapter. With a mix of original charm and modern touches, including a sleek, custom interior and updated mechanical components, this is the right vehicle for those with with the passion for driveable restoration projects. As you put your finishing touches on this classic automobile, you’ll not only own a piece of history but also shape its future legacy.

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Vehicle Overview:

  • Make: Oldsmobile
  • Model: Super 88
  • Year: 1955
  • VIN: 558C1631
  • Odometer Reading: 94,881 (inoperable)
  • Title Status: Clean Title - Will Transfer to Buyer

Vehicle Viewing Schedule

Date Begin Time End Time Location
Monday 4/15 10:00AM 3:00PM 4047 Pepper Post Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88011
Tuesday 4/16 9:00AM 12:00PM 4047 Pepper Post Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88011
Friday 4/19 9:00AM 12:00PM Call or text 575.805.0570 (Sonoma Ranch Area)
Wednesday 4/24 Any Time Call or text 575.805.0570

Additional Times Available Upon Request: Call or text 575.805.0570

Engine & Performance:

  • Engine: Oldsmobile Rocket 455 Engine
  • Transmission: TH400 Turbo 400 three-speed automatic
  • Fuel System: Edelbrock 7050 Carburetor with automatic choke
  • Exhaust System: Flowmaster
  • Updates: More recent fuel tank, restored driveshaft, battery relocated to trunk

Interior Features:

  • Seating: Power Bucket Seats, Custom Faux Leather Tufted Channel Interior
  • Steering: Modern Tilt Steering Column
  • Climate Control: Vintage-Air Air Conditioning
  • Headliner: Custom '88' embossed

Exterior & Cosmetic Condition:

The following information is provided as a courtesy based on our observations. We encourage you to schedule a viewing of this vehicle.
As with all of the items sold at nmauctions.com, this vehicle is sold as-is.

  • Paint: The paint is generally in fair to good condition, displaying minor scuffs and scratches. There is isolated bubbling primarily around the window trims as well as and age-related wear. 
  • Chrome: Some oxidation and bubbling
  • Windows: Driver side window crank inoperable, rear passenger window crank detached but included
  • Other Issues: Missing emblems on front fenders, non-functional glove compartment lock

The exterior and cosmetic condition of this vehicle present a mix of strengths and areas for improvement. The paint exhibits fair to good condition overall, with minor imperfections such as scuffs, scratches, and isolated bubbling. While the chrome elements show signs of oxidation and bubbling, indicating some wear and tear, they remain largely intact. However, there are notable operational issues with the windows, as the driver side window crank is inoperable, and the rear passenger window crank is detached (though included). Additionally, the absence of emblems on the front fenders and the non-functional glove compartment lock highlight minor aesthetic and functional shortcomings.

Mechanical Condition:

  • General: Starts and idles well, shifts smoothly, handles well
  • Known Issues: Brake system leak, minor oil leaks, aged tires
  • Additional Notes: Headlights and windshield wipers need service

The power drum brakes are effective but there is a leak in the brake system that needs fixing. Despite this issue, the vehicle's mechanical base is strong; it starts reliably, maintains a steady idle, and there are no issues with battery drain—the battery holds a charge well.

Restoration Details:

  • The vehicle was acquired by our client's family in the late 1990s. The restoration was brought to this point in 2011. 
  • The quality of the restoration is good but not perfect. While significant improvements have been made, the vehicle will require additional tinkering and problem-solving to fully complete the restoration. This provides an excellent opportunity for a new owner to put their personal touch on the final details.

Bidder Notice:
Out of state bidders are welcome we will facilitate transportation if needed. 

Prospective buyers are encouraged to schedule a private inspection of this vehicle.

Payment Terms:
Cash, Check, Wire or Certified Funds Only.
Payment must be received in full within 72 hours of auction ending.
We do not accept Credit Cards for automobiles.

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  • Balance Due in 72 Hours
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