- Transmission Type
- 3 Speed Automatic
1957 Oldsmobile 88 Coupe
Oldsmobile showed a real propensity for power in the '50s. The 304-cu.in. OHV V-8 that the division introduced in 1948 ran 7.25:1 compression and had only 135hp on tap; by '57, less than a decade later, the base Rocket T-400 V-8 displaced 371-cu.in., sported 9.5:1 compression, and was rated at 277 horsepower--more than double the earlier 88's output. That was the base engine.
For an extra kick in the pants, you could order the J2 option (code W). J2 had been around as a performance option since the early '50s, but for 1957 and '58, J2 ran three two-barrel carburetors. Historically, Oldsmobile's J2 beat Pontiac's Tri-Power to market by a matter of weeks. Olds had been developing 3x2-bbl carburetion for a couple of years under Pete Estes, an engine-development engineer and assistant chief engineer at Olds before he became chief engineer at Pontiac in September 1956. In December of '56, Pontiac announced Tri-Power for a spring release--no doubt prepared with information Estes brought with him from Oldsmobile. It caught his former co-workers off-guard, and they had to scramble to ready the J2 intake for a late January/early February launch as a mid-year option.
This is one gorgeous 1957 Oldsmobile, and best of all it has the 371ci J-2 engine with three 2-barrel carburetors and the Hydramatic automatic transmission. The J-2 engine was rated at 300hp and 415 ft lbs of torque. This car doesn't have power steering or power brakes but that because when it was new it was ordered to go fast and didn't want the extra weight and power drain. In 1957 this was one of the fastest production cars on the market, and today is still such an iconic car. It has an older restoration but still looks like it was done yesterday. It has a striking black and white paint job with a complimentary black and white interior. Check this car out today and pick it up tomorrow.