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Pick of the Day: 1956 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday

A Holiday for the holidays


The remainder of 2023 will be cause for much celebration: There are over ten holidays celebrated around the world between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Let’s look at another holiday that you may want to add to your agenda – an Oldsmobile Holiday, to be precise.

The Pick of the Day is a 1956 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday listed for sale on by a private seller in Plainfield, Illinois. (Click the link to view the listing)

“Nice driving classic! This is the rare 98 Holiday hardtop model and is loaded with options like power brakes, steering, windows, and even working power seat. Has the rare headlight dimmer, too,” the listing begins.

The 98’s name originally came from combining the “Series 90” model with a V8 engine. Today’s car is a fourth-generation 98, and it ranked at the high end of the Oldsmobile model lineup when it launched in 1954. The car rode on the General Motors C-platform and had a wheelbase that was four inches longer than its sibling, the 88. The list of standard features was lengthy for its time, and features included bumper guards, aluminum door sill plates, a cigarette lighter, decklid ornamentation, and a padded dash.

While this car looks fantastic in photos, the seller provides an honest assessment of the condition. Worth noting: The car has been repainted once to its original color scheme, and there was some filler found in the inner quarter panels. In addition, the chrome shows some corrosion, and the interior has some tears along the seams as well as a worn driver arm rest. All that being said, this car is much better suited to be a “driver” than an all-out showpiece (and it is priced accordingly). A 40-photo gallery has been provided which shows the car’s interior, exterior, engine bay, and underbody in greater detail.  

Power comes from Oldsmobile’s “Rocket” 324cid V8 mated to a Hydramatic automatic transmission. The listing says, “Runs and drives great. You can drive it on the highway. Mechanically sound, dual exhaust sounds great. Tires in good condition.” The seller later summarizes the car as a “A great turn-key classic to get in and enjoy. Good driver.”

The asking price is $16,995 or best offer, which seems in line with its quality and presentation. What do you think? Celebrate the holidays with a Holiday that you can park in the garage.

To view this listing on, see Pick of the Day.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine,, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


  1. I had that same car in blue and white. The year was about 68 or 69.
    It never left me at the side of the road. Good luck to the seller. It’s worth every penny .
    My garage is full


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