CC Capsule: 1962 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight – It Never Rains, It Pours

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(first posted 9/3/2014)     I was in Galesburg, IL last year to attend the Railroad Days car show. On my way out of town, I saw a very interesting car–this 1962 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight at a repair shop. I quickly pulled the car over to check out and get pictures.

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This beauty is one of 33,095 Holiday Sports Sedans, the most popular of 1962 Ninety-Eight models. Said model started at $4256, or about $1000 lower than a comparable Cadillac Series 62.

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The Sports Sedan gained the four-window styling with thick C-pillar that was ushered into many 1962 GM full-size cars. A simpler six-window Holiday four-door hardtop was also available for $4118. Regardless of body style, all Ninety-Eights received a 330-hp 394 CID V8 engine as standard equipment. However, a 345-hp variant was optionally available.

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As Oldsmobile’s top model (the Toronado was still four years away), Ninety-Eights received plush interiors as befitting of its status in the GM hierarchy. Many times, the Ninety-Eight has been dubbed “the thinking man’s Cadillac,” due to its power, luxurious appointments, and markedly lower price of entry when compared to a Cadillac. Power Steering, power brakes, power windows, power seat and Hydra-Matic automatic transmission were all standard.

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So, why only four pictures? Well, that brings me to the title of this post. As I was getting out of my car, it was starting to drizzle. Then, about thirty seconds later, it started to rain–hard! So I sprinted back to the car, and that was that. But hey, at least I got a few! Some day I will need to write up my friend K. V. Dahl’s silver-blue 1962 Ninety-Eight with only 9,700 miles. So never fear CCers, one day you WILL see a full ’62 Ninety-Eight CC from me!

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