1952 Olds 88
Up for auction is this 1952 Oldsmobile super 88. In 1988 he had the car repainted a darker blue than the original colour and had the interior redone. The rest of the car is in original condition. The odometer is showing 34,518 miles and is believed to be the original mileage. All chrome is in good condition except the back bumper will need to be re-chromed/replaced.303 cid Rocket Engine with a 4 bbl carb. My name is Jim Higham and the estate has asked me to look after the sale of this car. I can help arrange shipping and customs clearance if required to the buyer. For questions please call Jim [hidden information] or [hidden information] Following is a description from his daughter as she remembers the car.
My Dad liked cars. The first car he ever bought was a new 1952 Super 88. He would have been 25 years old. He met my mother in 1954 and they were married in 1955. Their wedding pictures show them smiling and driving away in the Olds. Once kids started to come into the picture, they sold the car to a friend.
Years later, in 1988, my father wanted to surprise my mother for their 33rd wedding anniversary. Without her knowing, he purchased the same model car and had it restored. He had it repainted, re-did the interior, and had the breaks and suspension repaired. On one of the bills that we found in the envelope labeled “52 Olds”, there was a comment “not to tell the wife”. He wanted it to be a surprise. On the day of their anniversary, Dad had arranged to have the original wedding party gather on the steps of the chapel where they had married in Winnipeg. As they were posing for pictures, my brother drove up in the Olds. My mom was speechless! They drove away, with my brother driving and a sign on the back of the car saying “Still Married, 33 years”.
When my husband and I were married in 1992, the Olds was shined up and brought out for our celebration. We had champagne in the back seat, like mom and dad did on their anniversary. Someone had also put a “Just Married” sign on the back bumper, complete with tin cans.
Every now and again, my dad would take mom out for a drive in the car. In his later years, as the scourge of dementia set in, he would still speak of the car with fondness. He passed away in 2018.
Dad was careful with the maintenance of the car. Every fall he would put oil in the cylinders and the same in the spring, before turning over by hand to make sure everything was lubricated. From 1988, it never saw a rain. The last time it was on the road, was 1997. The last time it was started was 2008, till just starting it again now in the last week.
It is with regret that we as a family are selling the car. We feel that it would be best to move on to an individual that will treat it with the time and respect it deserves. We hope that it would give them as much joy as it did our parents.
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