In the late 1950s and early 1960s, ‘Space Age’ style and fashion was all the rage.
Space Age design was heavily influenced by the global space race and the futuristic vibe that surrounded all things related to space exploration at the time. Space Age style managed to leak into nearly every aspect of society, influencing the design of clothes, shoes, houses, furniture, appliances and yes, even cars.
General Motors, looking to capitalize on this trend, injected heavy Space Age influence into its 1961 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88. With a futuristic, sci-fi like design, the Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 made an immediate impression and was particularly striking in two-door coupe form.
RM Sotheby’s is selling a near-perfect 1961 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 ‘Bubble Top’ Coupe at its upcoming Arizona auction. Shockingly, the auction house estimates this absolutely breathtaking example of 1960s American design will only sell for about $40,000 to $50,000. That seems a bit low for a car that’s so drenched in coolness, but perhaps not everyone agrees with GM Authority’s positive opinion of this Space Age Olds.
No matter what you think of its design, there’s no denying this is a good example of the breed. It has 34,802 original miles and remains in near-factory condition with the original interior, original carpet, original 394 cu. in. V8 and original automatic transmission.
The car was sold to the first owner in Colorado, where it has remained ever since. It has never been offered for public sale before and is now being offered from the personal collection of a noted Oldsmobile enthusiast, RM Sotheby’s says.
“This is a rare opportunity to own one of the finest luxury coupes of its day in better-than-new condition,” RM Sotheby’s listing for the Dynamic 88 Coupe says.
The lucky winner of this lot will also receive the original factory build sheet, warranty book, Protect-O-Plate warranty card and a selection of awards the vehicle has earned at various Oldsmobile-only events.
Check out the listing here for additional information and photos.
(source: RM Sothebys)
Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby’s