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For Sale: 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 Hardtop - "Original Black Plate California car built in LA" - San Francisco, CA - Not Mine - 10/15 Reduced - 10/21 Deleted

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For sale on Craigslist: 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 2-door Hardtop in San Francisco, CA  -  $15,000  -  No phone # provided.  Reply to Seller through Craigslist's email to: f1b2ea3caea03546999b367a6d7badd6@sale.craigslist.org


On 10/15, Seller reduced price to $14,000


Link: https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/d/san-francisco-1958-Oldsmobile-Super-88-2dr/7385519536.html


Seller's Description:

1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 2-door Hardtop

  • odometer: 91,000
  • cylinders: 8 cylinders
  • transmission: automatic
  • title status: clean

This is a 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 2 dr hardtop. It was in storage for over 30 years in Los Angeles. Now in San Francisco. I brought it back to life.
Freshly rebuilt transmission, engine purrs, new brakes, new fuel pump, new gas tank, rebuilt 4 barrel carb. Engine is a 1959 394 V8 with 300 horsepower. Very solid body with only surface rust. Interior is fair, paint is fair, chrome is fair. new generator, new voltage regulator. Runs and drives very well. New wiring!!
Very hard to find one in original shape in a 2 door hardtop. An original black plate California car built in Los Angeles. Restore or drive as is. Title in my name, registration is current through September 2022. A couple of photos show the car on a movie set from a few years ago.















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2 hours ago, The 55er said:

OK, a shabby original car with the wrong engine that was on a movie set 30 years ago. What makes it worth 15 grand?


I agree that this car is priced somewhat optimistically.  I disagree that it was on a movie set 30 years ago.  The set is obviously from "Tales of the City" in San Francisco with the fictional "Barbary Lane" sign.  This miniseries was filmed first in 1993 and then a sequel was filmed in 2019.  I suspect the photo is from the 2019 filming, given what the seller says about how he acquired the car and what he has done to it.

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1 hour ago, GregLaR said:

This Olds would not be an original black plate car.  Black plates were not produced until 1963.  It would have been an original yellow plate car.




Why do so many cars from pre-1963 have black plates?

Is it because the cars have continuously been in California from original sale or were registered to a new owner during the period 1963-1969? 



1953 Oldsmobile Rocket 88



1953 Plymouth Suburban Wagon



1954 Hudson Hornet

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The yellow plates ,which were first offered in 1956, were discontinued at the end of 1962 and no 1963 decal/tags were offered.    Rather the new 1963 black plate had "63" stamped into the metal, in the upper right corner where the tags which would be offered for 1964 would eventually go.  So everyone had to get the new black plates for 1963 no matter what year car they owned.

Now with the "Year Of Manufacture"  option available in California, many pre '63 owners are choosing to equip their cars with the original style yellow plates (and earlier cars/plates as well).   I did the same for my 1957 Thunderbird.

Cheers, Greg



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You could always get new plates in California, if the old ones get damaged or whatever. For instance my Dad's '64 Dodge pickup had original 6 digit commercial black plates number N49687. Some sucker stole the chrome front bumper along with the front license plate. I went in and said both plates were stolen and they gave me new ones. You get the new current style. White background, dark blue letters, new number, 7 digit commercial plates. I still have the one original black plate that was on the rear.

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The old style black plates add a little value, because all the newer style plates look cheap or silly. You don't want current style plates on a vintage car. Looks wrong.


California Black Yellow License Plates Tags Matched Set | Etsy in 2021 |  Vintage license plates, License plate art, License plate


After the black plates they went to blue



then white



New black plate looks wrong, not like the original. Letters too thick.



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