One of the most memorable ’50s concepts was the Oldsmobile F-88. It was a model they managed to produce that found their way to a few customers. In those days, manufacturers produced concepts solely for promotional purposes. So, after their life on the show circuit, they destroyed them. But, somehow the Olds F-88 found a way to survive.
Oldsmobile made two cars using a stretched Corvette chassis and its own 324 V8 engine with a specially-designed lightweight roadster body. Back in the day, Corvette only used six-cylinder motors, so a roadster with a V8 was a big deal. Out of two models, most people believe only one example exists, which is safely parked in a special display at the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum.
The second example is still unaccounted for, but there is a rumor that it caught fire in the late ’50s and burned beyond repair. However, Oldsmobile produced several chassis and bodies, so some car historians claim there are several more F-88s out there, but no one has confirmed that. So, until there is evidence of a few more, there is one confirmed example of the great looking F-88.