Radwood car show in South San Francisco, where I shined up and displayed my 1999 Buick Regal GS. I'd already paid the bridge toll to be on the peninsula, so I headed up north for a little while. Sure enough, I was greeted by this all-original 1958 Oldsmobile finished in what I believe to be Champagne Mist Poly.
'58 Olds and more than two dozen features later we're back to a '58 Olds. This one is a decently equipped two-door hardtop whereas the first car was a lower trim four-door sedan.
The sales literature is definitely worth a look!
If there was ever one thing the '58 Oldsmobiles had, it's an abundance of styling. Virtually everything, inside and out, is styled. I never found these cars particularly attractive as a whole, but there are a lot of little details and chrome gingerbread to draw your eye and keep you looking at it. And you can't just take all that chrome and stainless off like you can on a Tri-Five Chevy. The quarter panel ribs and front side sculpting are molded into the body. The baroque styling almost does the car a disservice to its mechanical merits, as a Hemmings article I read on a well-kept 1958 Olds 98 Holiday coupe described it as being very smooth and quiet on the road, very quick for its size and mainly let down only by the bias ply tire technology of the day. I imagine it's a very thirsty engine, but sounds like a fine vehicle for cruising one of President Eisenhower's freshly built federal highways. Once you're coddled inside that Fashion-Flair interior of Airweave fabrics and Morocceen vinyl seat bolsters, just point that big chrome spear of a hood ornament between the lines and go.
Photographed June 2018