Car Show Capsule: 1959 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 – Basic Black Oldsmobility

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Here’s a ’59 Olds I saw last May, at the Sycamore Mall cruise-in Iowa City. Though it sported some reverse-chrome wheels and lakes pipes, this basic two-door sedan still had a very no-nonsense vibe, despite its wild 1959 GM styling.

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The Dynamic 88 was the easiest way to get an Olds of your very own that year; prices started at $2,837, and production totaled 16,123 units. For comparison’s sake, a Ninety-Eight Holiday hardtop coupe had a base price of $4,086, and it’s likely that many went out the door with plenty of added options. At the same time, a bechromed ’59 Impala hardtop coupe could be had for a hundred bucks less than the plainer Dynamic. Decisions, decisions…

I was very happy to see this one at the show; it is a regular attendee. It’s nice to see that at least one two-door sedan has survived to the present day. They weren’t all full-boat Super 88 and Ninety-Eight two-door hardtops and convertibles, you know!