1950 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 - Silver Gray Chase Car (Ertl Authentics) 1/18
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***PLEASE NOTE*** Model is the Limited Edition Chase Car with black roof.
The Oldsmobile 88 was a full-size car sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors and produced from 1949 until 1999. From 1950 to 1974 the 88 was division's top-selling line, particularly the entry-level models such as the 88 and Dynamic 88. The 88 series was also an image leader for Oldsmobile, particularly in the early years (1949-51) when it was one of the best performing automobiles thanks its relatively small size, light weight and advanced overhead-valve high-compression.
In '50 the Oldsmobile Rocket 88 styling changes included the replacement of a two-piece windshield with a one-piece unit and the addition of the Holiday hardtop coupe to the line. Also a three-speed manual transmission with column shift became available as a "delete for credit" option to the Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. The 88 now outsold the six-cylinder 76 lineup, which was dropped entirely after the '50 model year.
The Rocket engine debuted in 1949, originally named for its principal designer, Charles Kettering, as "Kettering Power". Corporate GM policy disallowed that, so the powers that be opted for "Rocket Power". It was termed the Rocket 88 engine. This engine was big in NASCAR, in fact with the automatic (no manual transmission available early on), the Rocket won 8 out of 10 races in 1950. This engine had a number of interesting features: overhead valve train, hydraulic lifters, over square bore-stroke ratio, forged crank with counterweights, aluminum pistons, full-floating wrist-pins, and a dual plane intake manifold.
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