Feature Vehicle of the Month
1957 Olds Convertible
Owners: The Verners, Florida Region members
The Verner’s bought this car in 1995 out of California and drove it back to Florida with “zero problems”. A frame off restoration was completed in 2001. As part of the restoration, the frame was painted gold, like the engine valve covers, in honor of GM’s 50th anniversary. This Olds got its AACA Senior badge in 2005 and most recently a Preservation Award in 2008. The vanity Florida license plate features the Space Shuttle as a nod to this “Golden Rocket”. The car colors are Oldsmobile’s Alcan White and Festival Red.
1957 marked the last year that Harley Earl designed cars at General Motors. The Verner’s have added two safety features since receiving their Preservation Award. A set of 215/75-15 radial tires replaced the stock 14 inch bias ply tires because the front end also received power disc brakes which required 15 wheels. The 15 inch wheels have been modified to accept the stock 14 inch hub caps. These upgrades were performed by John Adams from Apopka, FL.
The 3 speed automatic transmission is shifted on the column. This convertible weighs 4,232 pounds on a 122.5 inch wheelbase. The original 1957 base price for this car was $2,895. According to Automotive Information Clearinghouse, La Mesa California, there are only 41 of these convertible registered in the United States (4 in Florida) out of the 6,423 convertibles made in 1957.
The 371 Cubic Inch (6.1 liter) flathead V-8 engine develops 277 horsepower at 4,400 rpms and torque of 400 at 2,800 rpms using a factory four barrel Rochester carburetor. The electrical system is 12 volt. The modern power disc brake booster and master cylinder blends in.
A highlight of their ownership of this Olds was in 1996 being the Grand Marshall lead car in a Disney parade with Bob Hope and his wife Dolores in the back seat.
Next Club Meeting...
The Florida Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 P.M. at the Kress Memorial Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, 746 Formosa Av, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Located 2 blocks south of Fairbanks Avenue.
Next Club Activity
July 14, 2014 (Monday)