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    World's Rarest Automobile

    This is the car that in 1954 could have "killed" the Corvette. So, Chevrolet, being GM's big sales and profit division, campaigned to GM to "kill" this car. When Chevy was coming out with its 6-cyl. sports car with its 2-speed "powerglide" transmission and side curtains, here was a sports car from Olds with a big old V-8 and power windows. So, GM said no to Oldsmobile on building this car.

    The world's rarest automobile: a 1954 Concept Old's Rocket F88 - the only one in existence. John S. Hendricks, (Discovery Communications founder) paid in excess of 3 million to acquire this 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Convertible Concept Car. After spending decades as a collection of parts stuffed into wooden crates, the F-88 was reassembled. In 1954, the F-88 was a Motorama Dream Car, and was one of only two, or an unconfirmed possible three, ever created. The F-88 seen here is literally the only car left of its kind, and was sold to John and Maureen Hendricks at the prestigious Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, for an unbelievable $3,240,000. This acquisition made automotive history, and is in the cornerstone of the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, in its own special room in a rotating display, worthy of the F-88!

    Aw, Heck! I guess you guys probably want some pics, too.

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    Oh my god I love that tail end. That screams 50's. I think chevy got the vetts lines off that car. I thought it was a vett proto before I read the caption.
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    Gosh.....That's nice!!! I'm an old dude and never seen this car before!!!
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    Looks like a cross between a vette + a T bird

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    That is one beautiful car. It's a shame what GM did to the Oldsmobile line.
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    I can see me cruising in that thing. Just as well I don't. Can you imagine the insurance premium?

    Car designs today, just can't compare to those of years gone by.
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    What a sweet car!! You just can`t beat the car designs of yesteryear!!!
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    Nice,thanks for posting

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    Put that on the market now and it would sell. I would want one.

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    Nah.
    Too big, too heavy, and too late.
    By the 1955 model year, obviously in development by the time this concept car was cobbled together (not the use of Chevrolet tail lights), Chevrolet had already made it redundant by putting the new small block V-8 into the Corvette. Both the Chevrolet 262 and Oldsmobile 303 made 165 horsepower, although in 1955 Oldsmobile had a 324 that made 202 hp. Unfortunately that engine had a problem in that the aluminum pistons tended to come apart.
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