Unfortunately, it remained a dream1954 Oldsmobile F-88 concept

The 1950s was the dream car era in America and several of those years delivered Corvette-like concepts from every General Motors division with the exception of GMC.

And, yet, this one was quintessential Oldsmobile.

Anyone that follows my writings knows that I don’t often bring up subject matter from this far back. That’s mostly because its all been covered so extensively elsewhere and, until the last ten or so years, I’d honestly not paused long enough to appreciate or even understand the beauty of pre-antique and antique automobiles. Maybe it’s my age but I do now.1954 Oldsmobile F-88 concept

Moreover, in looking at the F-88 concept, it’s hard not to ponder the possibilities. What if GM’s other divisions had produced their two-seat dream cars, like Chevy did? The idea might seem more far-fetched than this concept since the F-88 was almost down to earth in execution and possibly better conceived than the original Corvette.

Futuramic fraternal twins

Three distinct versions the Oldsmobile F-88 concept were developed over the years, which included Mark II and III, but it started in 1954. It was difficult to determine exactly how many first-year copies were built and, from what I could gather, there have been refuted stories of a duplicate burned in a fire. However, there do appear to have been at least two, dismissing the possibility of a facelift.

1954 Oldsmobile F-88 concept

Though GM labeled each of these concept cars as “1954” and their overall shape is consistent, there are differences in details as well their paint colors.

1954 Oldsmobile F-88 concept

In any event, that second model is the golden-colored one that had been photographed on the show circuit for several years, including at an engineering exhibit at the 1955 Notre Dame Engineering Open House.

Apart from styling differences, the main component that made this Oldsmobile concept distinct from its divisional platform-mates was its engine. Under the fiberglass hood was none other than a bona fide Rocket V8. It displaced 324 cubic inches and had a 9 to 1 compression ratio delivering 250 horsepower. No performance figures were provided with the press information.

1954 Oldsmobile F-88 concept

While it is unclear exactly how many first-year F-88s were made, for sure one golden-colored example is still around. In fact, it changed ownership in 2007 following a Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. It set a record for the time, having gone for $3,240,000.

1954 Oldsmobile F-88 concept

Golden indeed. The 1954 F-88 concept currently resides at the Gateway Canyons Auto Museum, in western Colorado, and appears to be their pride and joy.