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1953 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
304 cid, V-8, 165 bhp

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Production curbs due to the Korean War were gradually lifted in 1953 and Oldsmobile was no exception, building more than 341,000 cars that year becoming sixth overall for U.S. automakers.  Oldsmobile’s sported a fair number of changes for 1953, including a half-point compression boost which increased horsepower to 165. All 1953 Oldsmobile were switched from 6-volt to 12-volt electrical systems. Other changes included a new symmetrical dashboard and large oval outriggers on the horizontal grille bar. The options list now included power brakes and factory air conditioning. There were 7,521 convertible coupes built by Oldsmobile in 1953 at a list price of $3,199. Highlights:
  • 1953’s massive grille & straight rear fenders predicted the 1954 Olds’ radical changes; Ninety-Eight’s available as 4-door sedans, convertibles, holiday hardtops
  • 334,462 Oldsmobiles for 1953, but only 7,521 Ninety-Eight convertibles
  • The most expensive mass-produced 1953 Oldsmobile at $3,229
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