Monday, May 3, 2010

Harley Earl’s 1958 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight, king of chrome and junkyard rust

Automotive stylist, Harley Earl’s chrome-laden legacy achieved its peak during GM’s 1958 model year. One of his boldest creations, a 1958 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight, adorned in Festival Red awaits rescue at Jefferson County Auto Parts. The ’58 models, gaudy and overdone to some, would be Earl’s final designs after 30-plus years at GM. Ironically, Earl’s handiwork can be found in an Alabama junkyard more than 52 years later.

PHOTOS BY JODY POTTER/JUNKYARDLIFE.COM

1950s GM vehicles are unique, in that each model year was redesigned. Styling changes were made to lure customers into showrooms to buy the latest creations. Pound-for-pound, General Motors’ vehicles had more chrome and trim than any U.S automobile manufactured in 1958. Sheetmetal and trim pieces are highly prized on low-production vehicle years, like 1958. This rusty, mostly unmolested Oldsmobile provides a good starting point for a project or parts car. 
A quick investigation of this 1958 Olds revealed the original 371 cubic-inch, Rocket V8 engine. In my book, the styling alone out-shined dozens of weather-beaten classics rusting in this Alabama junkyard. The $850 asking price was tempting. Check out my earlier post if your tempted too.

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