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Oldsmobile Corvette??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by papajohn, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. papajohn
    Joined: Nov 2, 2006
    Posts: 886


    I got this email from a friend. Pretty neat. But, is it real?

    <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top>World's rarest Car RAREST RAREST C RAREST CAR

    This is the car that in 1954 could have "killed" the Corvette. So, Chevrolet, being GM's big sales and profit division, campaigned to GM to "kill" this car. When Chevy was coming out with its 6-cyl. Sports car with its 2-speed "powerglide" transmission and side curtains, here was a sports car from Olds with a big old V-8 and power windows.

    So, GM said no to Oldsmobile on building this car.

    The world's rarest automobile: a 1954 Concept Old's Rocket F88 - the only one in existence. (read the story below)

    John S. Hendricks, (Discovery Communications founder) paid in excess of 3 million to acquire this 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Convertible Concept Car .

    After spending decades as a collection of parts stuffed into wooden crates, the F-88 was reassembled. In 1954 the F-88 was a Motorama Dream Car and was one of only two, or an unconfirmed possible three, ever created. The F-88 seen here is literally the only car left of its kind and was sold to John and Maureen Hendricks at the prestigious Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, for an unbelievable $3,240,000. This acquisition made automotive history and is the cornerstone of the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum in its own special room in a rotating display worthy of the F-88!


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  2. slepe67
    Joined: Jan 22, 2008
    Posts: 1,146


    wow, that is gorgeous...too bad it didn't take off.

    It looks like the Vette had strong influences in its design.
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,601


    Real autorama car
  4. Turbo442
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 702


    It's real and pretty cool in my opinion. I wouldn't call it the "rarest" car as any car there is only one of is pretty rare.;)

  5. i think that car was recently sold in an auction for a rather hefty price.
  6. this e-mail has been thru here a time or two. I liked the Buick and Pontiac better

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  7. Yep its real, I was lucky enough to get to see it go across the block in Snotsdale a few years ago.
  8. draggin'GTO
    Joined: Jul 7, 2003
    Posts: 1,773


    Compared to the same year Corvette it's a pooch.

    Neat car no matter what.
  9. carcrazyjohn
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 4,844

    from trevose pa

    Could of killed the 54 ,Corvette came out in 53 and the second mako shark is the best corvette ever produced ,,,,,,,,,,In my opinion Zora arctov duntov knew his stuff ....
  10. Triggerman
    Joined: Nov 18, 2006
    Posts: 578

    from NorCal

    Anybody else bother to google that museum? It's out in the middle of bum fuck egypt. Who the hell is going to go there?
  11. WQ59B
    Joined: Dec 14, 2005
    Posts: 2,533


    It has been confirmed via Oldsmobile records that 3 complete F-88s were built, plus the crated body parts would make it '3 and a half'.
    1 is known to have been destroyed, there's this car, but the fate of the 3rd one is unknown as far as I know.
    I would have to check, but I recalled that this car ^ was NOT assembled from the crated parts, which weren't quite finished/operational pieces.
  12. buster6972
    Joined: Apr 3, 2007
    Posts: 234

    from Florida

    actually it is in the gateway auto museum in Colorado. If you ever get a chance to go, do it. There are some beautiful cars and the owner is the developer of the discovery channel, so you know there are some neat exhibits.
  13. Triggerman
    Joined: Nov 18, 2006
    Posts: 578

    from NorCal

    It's not in the middle of nowhere? It looked kinda desolate around that area?
  14. Spity
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 438


    The poncho was cooler.
  15. those are cool and very real not to hi-jack this thread but

    ,if a very smart man named delorian would of had his way the corvette would have died in 68

    in 64 when pontiac was designing the firebird( actually called the banshee ) (based on the vette platform) for its 67 realease delorian basically designed the 68 corvette 2 seater and all
    then in 66 GM bigwigs made pontiac re design the firebird based on the fugly camaro (because they didnt want any in house competition for the vette)
    so they had to hurry up and design it in like 6 months for the 67 release

    and then the GM bigwigs just said well hmm we have these cool designs lets make the new for 68 vette like this(with a few small changes) .......cheatin basturds
  16. colorado51
    Joined: Feb 24, 2003
    Posts: 1,577


    I have been there a few times and have seen the car, it is pretty cool! The entire auto museum is awesome too.

    Gateway Canyons Resort is an extremely nice place. It is owned by John Hendricks who owns The Discovery channel. Everything there is top notch.
  17. 42 chevy
    Joined: Nov 1, 2006
    Posts: 623

    42 chevy

    Oldsmobile was the training bed for GM in a lot of things. First turbo, first aluminum block, first front wheel drive V8 powered car and many others I can't think of right now.
  18. 57J2
    Joined: Dec 13, 2008
    Posts: 142


    This one was for sale on the San Diego Craigslist last week for $1500000.00
    Oldsmobile F-88.jpg
  19. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,188

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    1954 Solstice? That thing's tits!
  20. i know the guy that restored that car , and the story told at the auction does not match up with what he told me about the car and the pictures he showed me while in restoration at his shop.
  21. willowbilly3
    Joined: Jun 18, 2004
    Posts: 4,356

    Member Emeritus
    from Sturgis

    Being an Olds fan and not as big a Cheby fan, I think it's just tits. Lots of cool stuff chevy got started out at Olds, not saying the corvette did but Ed Cole designed the first slipper piston overhead valve V8 for the Olds, 6 years or so before Chevy got one, of his design.
    Talk about a pooch, the 53 vette was a huge one, chevy had a hell of a time selling 300 of the junky heaps.
  22. Think that was just a scam. First the car isn't currently available and second if you were selling a $1.5m car would you really put it on Craig's list - not quite the target market!
  23. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,763


    I did and actually it's in one of the most beautiful states in our union. I'm bummed that I did not know about this museum last summer when I drove within a hundred miles of the place. Just wish I could afford to stay there while I'm visiting the resort next time thru. Lucky for me my pal Johnnie Walker lives in Gunnison, not too far away.:D
  24. 61 chevy
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 891

    61 chevy

    how much money is that, can you spell it out,:confused:
  25. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
    Posts: 7,731


    I think it's a million and a half. This car was sold on BJ a few years ago to the skinny jackass in the Ferrari hat, who was working for the museum at the time. The big guy bidding against him "ran" him a million, just because he was acting so arrogent. I'm pretty sure I was told it the same guy that does Pickers on History channel now.
  26. It's in Gateway, Colorado, not too far South of Grand Junction, Colorado. Try making a little road trip out there sometime - it's in the middle of some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet! Does everything have to be within five minutes of friggin' Los Angeles or NYC to go see???

    Trust me, LOTS of people go to that part of Colorado. Get in you car and drive East. Enjoy the ride. THEN, say what you said.

    I'm from that part of the country, and can't wait to get back.
  27. rustyangels
    Joined: Sep 28, 2010
    Posts: 178


    If I recall , the rug from the motorama was included
  28. cyclejim
    Joined: Aug 10, 2009
    Posts: 51



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