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Old 10-20-2011, 07:42 AM   #1
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Default 1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket!



In the 1950s, nobody created new concept cars like General Motors. They flat out ruled the roost when it came to producing opulent, over-the-top prototype dream cars- And they actually designed separate, one-off creations for their multiple divisions...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:59 AM   #2
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You fail to mention REAL MEN Ran General motors in that era . By 1970, G M began using way too many committees , useless and redundant data and knuckled under government pressure . Today, we have Obummer motas . scrubba
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:15 PM   #3
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Default Re: 1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket!

I for one am glad and grateful that GM and Chrysler are still with us and not just a memory like Packard or Studebaker or so many other fine cars from the past. If some had had their way there would be no new Corvettes, Camaros or Challengers. I don't like politics on the HAMB but I just got an opportunity to visit the GM Tech Center and I had to say something. It could have been sold off in bankruptcy. To me, these companies are veterans. If it wasn't for GM, Chrysler, and Ford we might all be speaking German or Japanese in addition to driving their cars.
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:37 PM   #4
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If it wasn't for GM, Chrysler, and Ford we might all be speaking German or Japanese in addition to driving their cars.
I disagree, the military veterans are the ones to thank so you need not speak German or Japanese.
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:09 PM   #5
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Default Re: 1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket!

Always loved the Olds, my first new car was an Olds 442.

Hoping to use an Olds powerplant in my coupe.
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:29 PM   #6
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You fail to mention REAL MEN Ran General motors in that era . By 1970, G M began using way too many committees , useless and redundant data and knuckled under government pressure . Today, we have Obummer motas . scrubba


"Car Guys vs. Bean Counters" (Bob Lutz) is a must read for all gearheads.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:40 AM   #7
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Default Re: 1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket!

Back when car guys ran the show, not bean-counters. Thanks for the article.
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:24 PM   #8
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Back when car guys ran the show, not bean-counters. Thanks for the article.
How is that book, anyway?

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Old 10-20-2011, 03:11 PM   #9
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How is that book, anyway?

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HA - I never heard of it until your link.
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:57 PM   #10
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How is that book, anyway?

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It's kinda interesting, but Mr. Lutz is a little too whiny in this book for my taste. He blames many of GM's woes on the liberal press, Toyota, the government, and many others. His message about design management needing to be independent of the bean counters is right on the money, though.
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Old 10-20-2011, 09:16 AM   #11
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dig the steering wheel!
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:05 AM   #12
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Oh yeah, I would order one just like the example is fine, yes, I want the same whitewalls. RED HOT!! ~sololobo~
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:28 AM   #13
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Default Re: 1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket!

One of my favorite GM Motorama concepts..........(Others are the Cadillac El Camino and the XP-38 El Dorado Brougham concept).......

Thanks for posting!!!
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:21 PM   #14
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I can't remember a GM concept car that I didn't like.
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:27 PM   #15
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Default Re: 1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket!

That speedo in the center of the wheel thing is RAD! Also, did the roof panels open and close by themselves with the door opening and closing? Or did the occupants have to open the panels manually? I'd love to see how the engineered them if they were automatic!
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Default Re: 1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket!

Jive-Bomber Jay - Cool post!

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Old 10-20-2011, 05:31 PM   #17
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Jive-Bomber Jay - Cool post!

... and just 'cuz a Blog/thread can never have too many pics:

Why did I think of a Karmann-Ghia when I saw those pics, maybe I need to balance my meds better.........
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:48 PM   #18
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... and checkout the 1:22 mark of this video:

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Old 10-20-2011, 04:07 PM   #19
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Default Re: 1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket!

Harley Earl and his team knew a thing or two about style
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Old 10-20-2011, 04:10 PM   #20
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Ad line: "Designed to ride right up and over pedestrians...or spear them." To my eye this looks more contemporary than 1956, even by concept standards. The profile and color look great in HEMI's posted pic #10. Nice wheel and tire treatment, too. Anyone know if they made multiple copies or if they just painted the same car different colors?

Why do all the gals in the ads look so cosmopolitan while the poor motorama girl had to dress like a clown?
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