Space 25: 1952 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Sedan – SOLD!

May 2020 | Sold Cars

July 6th Update:  We’re please to report Jim sold his nicely restored, rust-free 1952 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight over the July Fourth Holiday weekend.  Its a great car we wish “Good Luck With The Purchase!” to the new caretaker whom we are sure will thoroughly enjoy!

June 9th Update:  We’re pleased to report the private seller Jim just lowered his asking price of his nicely restored rust-free Ninety-Eight sedan from $19,900 to $18,000.

By the early 1950’s, American automotive manufacturers had completely caught up with the immediate post-World War II pent-up demand and were more free to focus on innovating new designs and features.  Among the innovation leaders during this time was GM’s Oldsmobile Division, and beginning in 1952 Oldsmobile’s top model became the Ninety-Eight.  The series shared the higher output 303 cubic inch 160 HP Rocket V8 with the Super 88s.  Standard equipment across the three available body styles (Two-Door Holiday Hardtop, Two-Door Convertible Coupe, and Four-Door Sedan like the example featured here) included bumper guards, gray rubber floor mats front and rear, dash-mounted electric clock, dual horns, aluminum door sill plates, chrome gravel guards, foam rubber seat cushions, turn signals, carpeting front and rear, stainless steel wheel trim rings, windshield washer, and Deluxe steering wheel with horn ring. is pleased to offer a nicely updated and mildly restored, Arizona rust-free example of the four-door sedan offered for the 1952 model year.  The current caretaker Jim, found his ’52 Ninety-Eight several years ago locally in Lake Havasu, Arizona.  While the car features an older repaint that still presents very nicely, Jim found his new purchase required a complete mechanical and interior rebuild detailed below.

Jim initially offered his #2 “Excellent” condition Ninety-Eight four-door sedan for the asking price of $19,900 and then lowered it to $18,000 in early June before it finally sold. Our check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms Jim currently has his car priced between the #1 “Concours” appraisal of $21,300 and the #2 “Excellent” estimate of $14,400.  A second review of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms Jim’s asking price is just below the middle of the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $8,717, $22,660, and $40,590, respectively. 

The original 303 cubic inch, overhead valve “Rocket” V8 features a fresh rebuild topped with its factory original four-barrel carburetor.  As part of the rebuilding process, the cylinder heads received hardened valve seats to facilitate the use of modern gas.  The local Hot Rod shop that performed the power train work did a nice job detailing the valve covers to like-new condition.  The optional Hydramatic Transmission was also completely resealed and detailed prior to reconnection with the motor and installation back into this sedan.  The electrical system also received a proper upgrade to 12 volts featuring a modern alternator.

The interior has been completely reupholstered.  To cope with the Arizona temperatures, an under-dash mounted mounted air conditioning system to make cruising for you and five of your family or friends a comfortable experience.  While the steering wheel features the rare self-winding clock option, it is currently not working.

If you’re looking for a luxurious but non-ostentatious classic four-door sedan featuring modern conveniences such as air conditioning and an automatic transmission, this top-of-the-line Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight may be the car for you.  Thank you for looking and good luck with the purchase!

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  1. Lawrence Radford

    in canada our rocket 88 and 98 came with a 324 engine


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