Sunday, October 2, 2016

Fiesta Wagon: 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88

1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 Fiesta Wagon
One thing is for sure, Oldsmobile went all out when they designed the Super 88 Fiesta Wagon! This example isn’t exactly stock, but its body is uncut and wears its original trim. And boy is there a lot of trim on this thing! Someone has lowered this exceptionally rare and cool wagon, but I actually don’t mind it. I do have to admit though that a vehicle as rare and special as this really deserves to be restored back to original. If you haven’t ever heard of the Super 88 Fiesta, that’s because they only built 8k or so! This one can be found here on eBay in Dade City, Florida with a current bid of $2,750 and no reserve!

1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 Engine
The Fiesta really was meant to be a fun wagon, with the option to equip it with a six pack of carbs for 312 horsepower it was actually one quick family hauler. This car appears to be equipped with the more mundane 4 barrel setup, which was only good for 305 horse. Oh wait, that’s still an impressive amount of power for a 1958 station wagon! I bet there were more than a few teenagers who had too much fun in the family’s Fiesta wagon and ended up running it into a pole or ditch.
1958 Oldsmobile Fiesta Wagon
These things really were impressive, but there isn’t much information about them out there. I think they are often overlooked because they came as a 4 door, but I think in this case the extra set of doors just increases the cool factor! I’d love to have one of these, but I’m a bit nervous about buying this one. I get that way anytime rare and customized are in the same sentence, as it usually means you are going to have a hard time finding the correct parts and trim. As long as all the hard to find bits are here and unmodified, it might be alright. What do you think? Is it worth taking on this lowered party wagon?


1958 MG Magnette ZB

1958 MG Magnette ZB
Some of my favorite cars have the MG badge on them. Family responsibilities necessitate a back seat though. The padded board in the back of my MGB GT just didn’t cut it when it came time to transport junior around so this Magnette looks tempting. It’s nothing like a MGA, but I bet with a few tweaks, it could be fun to drive. It’s too far away for me though, so if any of you are interested, it’s located in Bedford, New York and is listed here on craigslist for $4,500.

1500 B-Series

The 1500 B-Series engine found here is the same as that fitted to our MGA. Sure, it may be detuned a little, but with a free-flowing head and exhuast it should be able to keep up. Heck, if you are going to go to all that work, you might as well drop a 1800 from an MGB in there and call it a day. Actually, I wonder if the engine and tranny would fit in there…

Magnette Interior
Those seats look a lot like the ones in our A too, but they are most likely the same ones found inside the Wolseley 15/50. That’s because this car was basically a rebadged BMC sedan. The MG version had some nice upgrades such as dual SU carbs, but most sports car guys probably wouldn’t consider it the real deal.

MG Grill
Then again, almost every MG sports car used parts from other mass-produced vehicles in order to benefit from economies of scale. That’s not always a bad thing, but I doubt this car has the magic that “real” MGs enjoyed. A grill and badge does not an MG make. Still, it would be fun to see what you could do with a Moss Motors catalog and some ingenuity. What do you think – could this make a good roadster replacement for a family guy?


1955 Buick Super Convertable

This project listed on eBay is just like building an airplane. When it looks like you’re almost done, there’s still the other half of the project to complete. For example, that’s either the cleanest windshield ever or, well, it isn’t there! This is a no reserve auction, but with an opening bit set at $15,500, it may not be a bargain at that price. It was painted 8 years ago, but there’s already rust bubbling up on the rockers so the quality of the bodywork and paint is an issue. The chrome looks pretty nice, but there are rusty bits on the front bumper so it will need a rechrome. Many of the necessary parts are included, so there is a chance this could be a reasonably priced driver, especially if you can go topless. It needs not only the top but also the hydraulic pump and lines. It does have a new battery, though! It will take a close inspection to understand what state this car is really in. For example, you have to wonder what’s under all the POR 15 he coated the underside with. One might also wonder why he’s wanting to sell it to a foreign buyer. He says we Americans have no money, implying the Europeans have more.

The upholstery and interior look nice. The carpet and kick panels (for a Roadmaster) are included.

It’s missing tail lights and trunk lock, but the chrome is OK with only minor pitting.

Things look complete under the hood. It’s not pristine, but it is clean enough to be a driver. It’s had a recent tuneup, so it runs. The hood bumpers are painted red and the paint was masked across the top of the firewall. Perhaps this points to less professional paint work.


It is pretty and shiny, but what will someone be willing to pay for it? Will they pay more than it’s worth? To make it a show car, the buyer would likely have to start over, but perhaps it might make a good driver if it’s as nice as it appears. What do you think it would take to complete this project? What would you do with it? Could it be a driver and an ongoing driver if the paint and body work aren’t too bad?