1959 Oldsmobile Super 88 – Jay Leno’s Garage

1959 Oldsmobile Super 88 - Jay Leno's Garage

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1959 Oldsmobile Super 88. Original and unrestored! After a few minor adjustments, it’s a car that makes the ladies swoon…
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1959 Oldsmobile Super 88 – Jay Leno’s Garage

Jay Leno’s Garage

26 thoughts on “1959 Oldsmobile Super 88 – Jay Leno’s Garage”

  1. Those lines are amazing. That era was pretty wild and creative when it came to sheet metal shaping and chrome accents. And burnouts… oh yeah.

  2. My Dad traded in his Savoy wagon for the Super 88.
    I remember that day well.
    We took a trip down the Blue Ridge to Tennesee.
    I used to pee out of the expansion plug under the carpet behind the seat….good times!

  3. We had the '59 Pontiac Catalina Safari Wagon. Same chassis as the Olds 88. Same A-pillar/windshield that was shared by Chevrolet and Buick as well. All the bodies were made in the same place: "Fisher Body". In fact, the door sill often had the stylistic coach logo of Fisher Body. Neighbor had the 98, one step up from Jay's 88. It also had the color-changing speedometer.

    I take issue with Jay's characterization "you can fit eight people inside". The rear seat legroom was awful across all G/M divisions. That's because the wheelbase was relatively short. For young children, that wasn't an issue. But if two adult couples were going to a restaurant, it was typical for both women to sit in the back because of the lack of legroom.

    The "idiot lights" that Jay pointed to (above the speedometer) were commonplace in G/M auto of that era. In the winter, you'd start the engine up and the "COLD" light would illuminate to let you know to go easy on the throttle because the oil was probably still thick. After 2-3 minutes of 30 MPH, that indicator would extinguish and you could then feel safe to accelerate more aggressively. The only true gauge you got was the fuel level. Everything else was "idiot light".

    As for the ride… This car was from an era before radial ply tires were commonplace. This car would have come with bias ply tires. They gave a very supple ride. But these cars wobbled a lot around corners.

  4. To paraphrase Jay: "They wouldn't rust if you took care of them". Well, in Massachusetts, that means don't drive near the ocean at any point in the year and don't drive in winter (when salt is used on the streets). "Rust bucket" was a valid description in the northeast for this car, since these were unreasonable restrictions. To be fair, Datsuns were famous for not casting a shadow in New England until well into the 80s. It took a while for the Japanese to understand how to rust-proof the body metal.

  5. At one point when Jay is looking under the hood, and the camera is following him around you can see SIX Bugattis in the background! That's amazing – how many collectors have that many?

  6. Is there anyway to download or get these episodes on dvd? My dad is 94, WWII vet, loves cars, is in a nursing home now and very much misses driving and his Cadillac. I think he would really enjoy watching these shows.

  7. I remember growing up we had a 62 Olds 88 or 98. I remember it had a speedometer that changed colors from green to yellow to red.
    It had a 4 speed automatic which was unheard of back then. I would pass everything but a gas station.

  8. I was 4 years old when my Dad brought the Exact Same Car Home. Our's was two tone Baby Blue and White. That car got like 12 feet to the gallon. LOL. I was lucky that my Mom had a real heavy foot. That thing used to squat when she hit the gas and then lurch forward. Good God… The steel in that car. The next car he brought home in 1962 was a Brand New Oldsmobile Starfire. It had a Rocket 394 V-8.
    Such beautiful Cars back then. The styling was impeccable. Every Year there was a change so you could tell one year from the next and what Make the cars were. Not like today where pretty much all cars are the same size and almost look identical. So Sad.

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