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  • Orphan of the Day, 05-02, 1958 Oldsmobile 88 Fiesta

    NOT the more common hardtop version.





    Craig

  • #2
    I'll take one!
    Dylan Wills
    Everett, Wa.


    1961 Lark 4 door wagon
    1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
    1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
    1914 Ford Model T

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    • #3
      Gotta love that chrome!
      Joe Roberts
      '61 R1 Champ
      '65 Cruiser
      Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
        NOT the more common hardtop version.



        Craig
        Indeed, Craig, not only is it a "cheapie," it's also the lowest-production(!) 1958 Oldsmobile wagon.

        'Not that any of them were made in substantial quantity:

        1958 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Fiesta station wagon (the pictured car): $3,284 MSRP; 3,249 units built.

        1958 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Fiesta Holiday station wagon (hardtop): $3,395 MSRP; 3,323 units built.

        1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 Fiesta Holiday station wagon (hardtop): $3,623 MSRP; 5,175 units built.

        'Kind of surprising to see the most expensive one being the best seller, but Dynamic 88 series sales were divided among two body styles.

        Can you imagine trying to find that little Fiesta chrome nameplate for the upper quarter panels if you were restoring a car on which they were missing? Yipes! BP
        We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

        Ayn Rand:
        "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

        G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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        • #5
          $25,000 worth of rechroming (well, it looks that good) and oddly enough, it came with hub caps instead of wheel disks! How...how...1958 is that?

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          • #6
            Well, let's just see how much everybody knows about the rear end of 1958 Oldsmobiles:

            Why would the little chrome "fin" on top of the left tail lamp assembly more likely require rechroming than the little fin on top of the right tail lamp assembly? BP
            We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

            Ayn Rand:
            "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

            G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
              Why would the little chrome "fin" on top of the left tail lamp assembly more likely require rechroming than the little fin on top of the right tail lamp assembly? BP
              Will that be regular? or high-test?

              I didn't know a gas attendant's fingers would be that acidic!

              Craig

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jim B PEI View Post
                $25,000 worth of rechroming (well, it looks that good) and oddly enough, it came with hub caps instead of wheel disks! How...how...1958 is that?
                The owner told us the actual rechroming bill was $6K. For all the stainless trim, he pulled a 'Matt' and performed any repairs and polishing of it himself.

                Craig

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                • #9
                  Back in the 60s, when I was still playing with 57 Oldsmobiles. I used to look for the 57-58 Olds. wagons in the scrap yards because a lot of them had J2s under the hood.
                  Klif
                  55 Speedster/Street Machine
                  63 Avanti R2
                  64 Convertible R1

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
                    Will that be regular? or high-test?

                    I didn't know a gas attendant's fingers would be that acidic!

                    Craig
                    BINGO, Craig.

                    Sure, all other things equal, the frequency with which gas station attendants had to grab that little left fin and rotate it sideways to satisfy the fuel appetite of a 1958 Oldsmobile, would certainly produce a different wear pattern than on the unmolested right side...not to mention an occasional attendant having rings or other jewelry to mar the chrome ever so slightly. BP
                    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                    Ayn Rand:
                    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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