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1936 Oldsmobile Oldsmobile 88


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Driven 38,000 miles
 
Manual transmission
 
Exterior color: Black · Interior color: Red
 
Fuel type: Gasoline
 

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LETS GET AN OFFER GOING HERE !!!! ---1936 Oldsmobile Boat tail Roadster---Convertible - A rare opportunity to acquire a one off Boat tail Roadster from a collection of classic vehicles. Custom built on an Oldsmobile factory produced commercial chassis/frame supplied to Henny Hearse Company in 1936. It has a 158 inch wheelbase, much longer than a Dusenburg Boat tail. The conversion from a hearse to a boat tail roadster was a rewarding achievement. It is considered to be a project in progress as it needs a complete mechanical restoration although it is cosmetically show car ready. Has perfect paint and chrome. The engine was started but never driven. Will require a skilled and creative mechanic to finish and make fully functional. Similar to Auburn, Lincoln, Cadillac and Bugatti
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Hmmm?

I'm torn on this one.  It's fascinating, ....like the two headed calf at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Hollywood.

The craftsmanship and overall look is pretty good.  And I love that they retained the flat head straight eight rather than a small block Chev.   The lack of doors is a shame but understandable I suppose.  The modern high back bucket seats with head rests are probably very comfortable and much safer but seem to spoil the flow of an otherwise decent design.

It seems odd that someone would go this deep into a project of this magnitude and then not finish.

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He should have shortened the chassis for a 128" wheelbase, built doors with a nice Auburn 851/852-beltine, mounted the spare under the deck, brought the boat-tail to a sharper creased point and shaped the aprons on each side, offset seating not visible above the beltline, and a Duvall chromed cast V-windshield.  For power, swapped in a postwar Oldsmobile 257 ci straight eight and any speed equipment available or built to render performance to go with the looks.

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. . . . Or he could have just restored the rather rare Henny Progress Oldsmobile professional car. . . . . . 

Would have cost about the same and probably brought the same amount of cash upon sale. 

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