1958 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight
Engine: 371 c.i.d. V-8 with tri-power @ 10:1 compression
Transmission: Jetaway Hydramatic
Power output: 312 HP @ 410 ft. lbs. torque
About our 1958 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight
Our 1958 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible with the factory J-2 package is finished in Alaskan White with red and white leather interior. It has one repaint and still retains its original interior. It’s potent tri-power configuration produces 325 HP which it needs to move the 4,500 pound car.
This Oldsmobile represents the top-of-the-line offering from Lansing in 1958, as it incorporates open-air style with such standard luxuries as a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, a dual exhaust, an electric clock, and “lounge seats.” Only 5,605 in all variants were produced, at a staggering cost of $4,200 each. and less that fifty are thought to have survived.
History of the 1958 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight
The Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight was a full-size vehicle introduced in 1941 and continued in production until 1996. Oldsmobile’s 1958 models were powered by its Rocket V-8 that rightfully holds a position of tremendous stature in American performance history. The 98 convertible wasn’t Oldsmobile’s most popular model for 1958, with a total output of only 4,504 units, but Olds was the top seller in its class and the 98 convertible was one of its crown jewels.
“Olds for 1958 is the epitome of good taste: Majestic, with an unmistakable look of luxury…” boasted the sales brochure. It was backed up by an ample array of new features, previously not available such as a power top, power windows, A/C, auto-dim headlamps, power antenna, power brakes, power steering, and six-way power seats. Another futuristic option was the sentinel speed warning alarm allowing the driver to set the speedometer to an alert signal when set speed was reached. Its “transportable” radio also provided music wherever you go by allowing its removal and independent operation via a 160-hour battery.