1956 Oldsmobile 88 2-door hardtop coupe

US $21,500.00
Private seller / Contact Seller
North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada

Technical data for 1956 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight

Make: Oldsmobile
Model: Eighty-Eight
SubModel: Deluxe
Type: Coupe
Year: 1956
Mileage: 97500
VIN: 567C1122
Color: Blue and White
Engine: 324 Rocket
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Blue and White
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear

1956 Oldsmobile 88 Deluxe 2-door hardtop/coupe/"Holiday"

Smooth running. Does a 40mi round trip every couple of weeks.Performs on highway or hills (driven 275 miles through the Coast Mountains)

Older restoration, but holding up well.

Many options and accessories (see below)

Includes over $1500 in new spare parts

Original documentation included

Approved for Collector status in British Columbia


-Two tone paint: Artesian/Cirrus Blue

-324ci Rocket engine - Casting Number 568922 (sn V1000186)

-Rochester 4GC 4-jet carburetor

-Automatic 4-spd transmission: Dual-Range Hydra-Matic “Slant pan” (sn R-55-586996)

-Power brakes

-Power steering

-Cooper white wall tires, incl. full size matching spare

Recent work done:

-seats re-upholstered, new headliner, visors

-washer pump rebuilt

-new vacuum and washer fluid lines

-carb rebuilt

-new ignition components (distributor cap, rotor, points, plugs, plug wires)

-tuned up

-AM radio restored

-custom true dual exhaust

-restoration at 91 k miles: engine ported and polished, all NOS transmission parts, differential rebuilt

Upgrades beyond stock:

-added temp and oil pressure gauges

-added coolant overflow reservoir


-always stored covered

-only driven in fair weather

-in winter: stored with full fuel tank, fuel stabilizer, start and run engine a couple times a month

-maintenance record included

Original materials included in sale:

-Owner’s Portfolio

-User Manuals

-Service Manual

-receipts and registration paperwork going back to 1955

-lug wrench and original jack

Other materials included in sale:

-CD with body, chassis, and service manuals

-second set of radial wheels: 2 wire, 2 baby moon

-front rubber floor mat

-spare keys

-fire extinguisher (you won’t need it)

Options and accessories (original price in brackets):

-Backup lights ($13)

-DeLuxe heater and defroster ($77)

-Dual exhaust ($38) – currently exhaust is custom, not factory

-Electric clock ($18)

-Power brakes ($37)

-Power steering ($100)

-Radio, DeLuxe 6-tube pushbutton ($96)

-Whitewall tires ($33)

-Windshield washer ($10)

-Heavy duty air cleaner ($6)

-Oil filter ($10)

-Rear view mirrors - interior and exterior

-visor/vanity mirror

-Rocket Circle dash ornament

-Steel fender skirts - rare!

-Oldsmobile Club of America license plate frame

Not perfect:

-paint job is about 30 years old, holding up great, but some minor scratches, nicks, small rust areas, lightly scuffed in a couple locations. Body is solid.

-some minor dents, hard to spot, paint unaffected

-brake light occasionally sticks on (Installed an indicator light under dash, quick tap of pedal always fixes it, booster rebuild kit included)

-accelerator pump performance could be improved (Never is a problem with a sensible driver, but can momentarily hesitate if you really hammer the gas.)

-clock is right twice a day

-steering wheel plastic has cosmetic cracks (still secure, doesn’t affect driveability)

-one small front and rear windshield chip

-chrome has pitting and a few scratches

-rust on front passenger floor inside, but underside looks good, probed and is solid except for two tiny holes

-bit of a rubbery ride (Like it was in 1956)

-will leave a drop of oil after running

-coolant overflow reservoir is missing cap

-rear-view mirror has minor cracks in silvering

-speedo light dimmer switch has a dead spot, but can easily be positioned to work fine

-white walls are now off-white walls

-tail light lenses are crazed (a better condition replacement set is included)

-second set of wheels in mediocre shape: rust on rims, dented covers

-if the car hasn’t run for more than half a week, it can take a bit of turning over to start, but it always fires up

-rusty exhaust manifolds (not surprising for 63 years old) No sign of holes, cracks, or leaks.

-intake manifold has surface rust

-minuscule rad leak, top up coolant once a season(leak at top, can be brazed without removing rad)

-trunk liner is weathered, trunk cardboard damaged in places

-rear window cranks slip when winding up (but windows hold just fine, and can be closed with a helping hand on the glass)

-faint squeak somewhere in the accessory belt path (generator and power steering pump checked ok)

New parts included with sale:

-15 Push rods and valve lifters

-carb base gasket and rebuild kit

-5 camshaft bearings

-timing chain, cam gear, crank gear

-mechanical fuel pump rebuild kit

-electric fuel pump

-master cylinder rebuild kit

-engine gasket set

-cam shaft

-2 oil filters

Used parts included with sale:

-distributor cap, rotor, points, and condenser

-shifter arm

-2 signal arms

-2 tail light lenses

-starter solenoid


-mystery shroud

-2 wire wheels with tires

-2 baby moon wheels with tires

Shipping Terms

-Local pickup

-Will ship nationally or internationally, but buyer is entirely responsible for coordinating and paying

General Terms

-Please review "Shipping and Payments" tab
-Vehicle is also listed for sale locally. I reserve the right to end the auction early.

-Price includes only items described in this listing. I do not charge any additional fees. However, the price does not include any fees for Insurance, Transfer, License, Registration, etc.

-Buyer is responsible for all taxes to be paid. Buyer may be required to pay British Columbia Provincial Sales Tax for private auto sales (12%). PST is collected by the Insurance Corporation of BC at the time of registration, or to be paid by a Casual Remittance Return on or before the last day of the month following the month in which you purchase or receive the vehicle. If buyer is outside BC, taxes may also be subject to buyer's place of residency.

-I will not falsify any record of the sale price.

-Although every effort is made to present accurate and reliable information, it should only be deemed reliable after an independent review of its accuracy, completeness, and timeliness. It is the sole responsibility of the bidder to verify the vehicle condition before time of sale. Any issues must be addressed prior to time of sale.

-Condition has been honestly described (to a fault), but no expressed or implied warranties are made, including condition of the equipment listed.

-An offer is a commitment to purchase and is not contingent upon inspection, financing, or any other terms.

-Signed transfer form (BC APV9T) and cleared payment in full will be needed before the vehicle is released.

-If purchaser resides outside of BC, or will be exporting the vehicle from BC, purchaser will ensure all necessary paperwork is in place to do so.

-Potential buyers wishing to test drive the vehicle: a photo will be taken of your driver’s licence, and I will hold the keys to your own vehicle during the test drive.

-Failure to meet any of these conditions will result in seller retaining deposit.
-No refunds or returns after payment has cleared.

-Phew, sorry about all the legal stuff there.. I am looking forward to a straightforward sale, and for you to enjoy this great car!

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