1956 Oldsmobile Holiday 88

1956 Oldsmobile Holiday 88 4 door hardtop panel painted watson style

1956 Oldsmobile Holiday 88

This 1956 Oldsmobile Holiday 88 is our shop car here at Clean Cut Creations Vintage Auto Works. One of the owners here traded a chopper for this Olds that we found on Craig’s List. Wanting to make it our own we quickly brought in one weekend and changed the entire look of the car, going form some kind of hillbilly rat rod to a cool Watson style mild custom. The body of the car is painted white & gold with a 60% gloss clear. The roof is white pearl and gold with a full gloss clear. The interior has been replaced with a custom tuck & roll white interior kit from EZ-Boy Interiors. This is a car that we have a lot of fun with just cruisen’  around St. Louis in to shows or just to get parts.

For 1956, styling highlights included a new split grille in front and revised taillights and deck along with revised side chroming. Horsepower for the 324 Rocket V8 increased to 230 for 88s and 240 for Super 88s. A new four-speed Jetaway Hydra-Matic was introduced this year to replace the original Hydra-Matic transmission that Olds had used since 1940. The new Jetaway Hydra-Matic retained the four forward speeds and fluid coupling unit, but added a new “Park” position to the shift quadrant and no longer required band adjustment as a specified routine maintenance. Inside, an oval speedometer replaced the round unit and a new foot-operated parking brake replaced the previous T-handle unit.