Oldsmobile
Lot 426¤
1938 Oldsmobile Series F Six Sedan Chassis no. F861762
US$ 5,000 - 8,000
£3,000 - 4,800
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1938 Oldsmobile Series F Six Sedan
Chassis no. F861762
Oldsmobile's range had expanded to include four-cylinder, six-cylinder and V8-engined models by the time America entered WWI. Revived in 1921 as the Model 43-A, the four-cylinder Oldsmobile would be the company's top seller for the next few years until rationalization saw the range confined to six-cylinder designs from 1924 onwards. Olds would not have an eight-cylinder model in its line-up again until 1932, when the Series L inline eight was introduced on a chassis similar to that of the existing 'six'. Oldsmobile offered independent front suspension on its cars in 1934, synchromesh transmission having been introduced two years previously, and this 'knee action' system was further refined on the restyled 1935 range. Little changed in 1936 before the Oldsmobile line-up was comprehensively restyled yet again for '37, emerging with a smoother, more streamlined look.

This F-Series six-cylinder sedan has the well-tried side-valve engine that had been enlarged slightly to 230ci (3,770cc) for 1937, producing 95bhp and was kept for this season. The '38s were visually notable for their front treatment, which stood slightly proud and the grill had pronounced bands, a very clean and 'art deco' style feature, offset by torpedo style headlights.

This is a highly original example which has recently been unearthed from dry Virginia storage. Close inspection suggests that the car has never been restored, its interior appears to be entirely complete and save for some moth damage to the cloth, the continuation of the 'deco' styling on various trim pieces and the dash are all still present.

An example of a car that appears to be exactly as stock, with some careful cleaning this would make an interesting 'preservation' candidate.

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