1958 Oldsmobile Hardtop with Continental Kit in Tow

The 58 Oldsmobile Hardtop with the Continental Kit is an elegant step above the Chevy and yet something less than a Buick. At least that’s the way General Motors saw it back in the day. How things have changed! Now-a-days every GM ride is basically a Chevy with varying amounts of Whipped-Creme on Top! – Haa! – That is, for the marques still left in the stable of the once great auto-maker. I’m not dissing them mind you. Just saying rides like this Oldsmobile were spectacularly special – Not to be confused with the Buick Special which was Really Special back then! – Anyway! – Presented for your approval the fabulous ’58 Oldsmobile Pretty Special!    ~;0) VivaChas!

58 Oldsmobile with Oldsmobility!

58 Oldsmobile Atomic Olds Tee in Reg - Big Sizes and Styles - Click the Tee to shop this T-Shirt!

58 Oldsmobile Atomic Olds Tee in Reg – Big Sizes and Styles – Click the Tee to shop this T-Shirt!

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58 Oldsmobile Automotive Art from VivaChas!

The 58 Oldsmobile was a work of Art! And in that same vein below you’ll see a watercolour tribute to the Olds 88 for 1958. The VivaChas brand is the automotive art and writing persona of artist Chas Sinklier. He and The Internationally Recognized Opinionist – JuJuni – are automotive adventurers. Spend a few minutes exploring the galleries of VivaChas Stories and Articles and you’ll begin to see what we mean. – Anyway – VivaChas designs T-Shirts and art forms for the Hot Rodding and Street Rodding enthusiast. And never forget a large helping of opinion from both of them! ~;0)

58 Oldsmobile automotive art from VivaChas! - Check out the swag featuring this great ride!

58 Oldsmobile automotive art from VivaChas! – Check out the swag featuring this great ride! – Click It!

58 Oldsmobile 50th Anniversary Vintage TV Commercial

58 Oldsmobile Tall and Big Sized T-Shirts - click the Tee Pix to Shop your Tall Size!

58 Oldsmobile Tall and Big Sized T-Shirts – click the Tee Pix to Shop your Tall Size!

Television adverts were aplenty back in the Mid-Twentieth. They were sometimes quite odd by today’s standards.  – But! – Don’t think that doesn’t make them fun and informative to watch! Let’s see how well you hold up over the next 60 years! – Haa!     Video Source:  US Auto Industry

58 Oldsmobile Stats!

58 Atomic Oldsmobile Hoodie lots of sizes - pick your by clicking the hoodie pix!

58 Atomic Oldsmobile Hoodie lots of sizes – pick your by clicking the hoodie pix!

The 58 Oldsmobile model year is sometimes called the year of the ChromeMobile! As you can see throughout today’s post the Olds is draped in chrome trim. Naturally the greatest concentration of body chrome wound up on the Super 88 and Ninety-Eight rides from Olds that year. Generally automakers have tubs of slogans and blurbs about their line. And 1958 was no exception to the rule! The Oldsmobiles in ’58 sported the – Mobile Look! That Olds carried the Dynamic 88 monker from ’58 through 1966. It became Oldsmobile’s decade!

The Olds Rocket V8 Mill!

Cheaper Rocket V8 engines powered the Olds 88 line. The mills were 265 hp versions of the 371 cubic-inch Rocket V8 with two-barrel carburetion. Additionally the Super 88 models ran 300 hp engines fed by a 4-barrel carb. And the three two-barrel carburetor option pushed horsepower to 310. You could say the Rocket 88s were real goers for the time!

58 Model Year Torture Tests!

Oldsmobile held it’s own as a recession in 1958 bit into auto sales. But Oldsmobile sold well finishing in fourth-place. It came in right behind the kings-of-cheap! That’d be Chevrolet, Ford and Plymouth. Oldsmobile outdistanced the middle-priced competitors Pontiac, Mercury, Dodge and Chrysler. And everybody beat out Ford’s sad-sack Edsel! As for Chrysler everybody gave up counting long before their poor industry finish. But Chrysler soldiered on with great commercials like this one!   Video Source: AutomobileHistoryUSA

58 Oldsmobile Atomic Lady's Tee - Click that T-Shirt to shop your size!

58 Oldsmobile Atomic Lady’s Tee – Click that T-Shirt to shop your size!

58 Oldsmobile 88 Almost Caught that Chrysler!

Yeah the 58 Oldsmobile ran a close second in that Chrysler commercial didn’t it! But Olds trounced Chrysler in sales. A favorite automotive advertising medium here at the VivaChas Clubhouse is Print. Print advertising was king in much of the last century. That’s because people back then could read! Back then many a PostMan had a bad back from delivering the reams of magazines subscribers got everyday! Below is a – Slick – ad! These ads ran in high-end magazines featuring slick finished pages. They were great for holding colour print images.  – Have a look!

58 Oldsmobile print ads pulled out all the stops to finish ahead of all the other mid-priced rides that year! - Thanks to Old Car Advertising to providing this vintage ad!

58 Oldsmobile print ads pulled out all the stops to finish ahead of all the other mid-priced rides that year! – Thanks to Old Car Advertising to providing this vintage ad!

What’s a Magazine?

Love those old magazine ads! – Hey! – Here’s a link to the VivaChas T-Shirt Store here at Hot Rodney Hot Rods. We know most of you wear clothing. – I said most of you! – Anyway! – Did you know you can wear a VivaChas T-Shirt under a Tuxedo – or a suit. Yeah! You can even wear them without a more formal shirt coving them! It’s True! – Here’s the thing. If you’d like to increase your wow-factor get your Tees from VivaChas! It’s like they’re designed just for you. There are hundreds of designs to choose from! – Go Get Some!

Just One More Thing!

And! Type the name of a ride you like into the search bar. If it comes up – explore the article! – If it doesn’t – then let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for future publication. That would make you somebody special around here. Not quite and Editor – But! – Pretty close! Also – subscribe to the Newsletter and never miss a post here at Hot Rodney’s. It’ll arrive in your eMail box. We respect your privacy so you’ll only get the VivaChas Newsletter from us. – Anyway! – Come Back Often! It’s Good for You! ~;0) VivaChas!

1958 Oldsmobile Super 88

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