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1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Concept: Encounter of the Third Kind

It’s been 15 years since the Oldsmobile brand ceased to exist in 2004. It was, until then, the oldest active American carmaker. It had been founded bt Ransom Eli Olds back in 1897. That’s right, Olds became Oldsmobile, it was as simple as that.

More recently, in May of 2017 to be precise, I found myself participating in a Chevrolet even in the city of Gateway, Colorado. The occasion was the launch of the ZR2 version of the truck that carried that American state’s name. Where we lodged, quite in the middle of nowhere, was an automotive museum packed with incredible vehicles.

And it was there I was introduced to this remarkable and little-known car. While I’d been aware of its existence, I honestly never thought I would encounter it up close and in the flesh so to speak. Here is its story.

The concept of a concept car
In 1954, Oldsmobile wowed car shows with a futuristic concept car that it gave the name F-88. It had enraptured visitors to those shows, at which it was the top attraction. Six decades later, it’s still on display and still as captivating for those who have the opportunity to see it, and who invariably shake their heads with that “if only” feeling.

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