Pretty quiet around here lately.  Well, I was in Philadelphia yesterday, as a part of my cool, hip, jet-setting lifestyle, but I guess I didn’t miss anything.  Being that it was St. Patrick’s Day, however, it was fitting that one of the shop techs at the facility I was visiting drove his very green 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Futuramic (how’s that for a name?) in to work.  Naturally, the car provoked a huge mass of people asking questions, taking pictures, and in general Not Doing Work.  What interested me most (ok, blew me away) about the car, though, was the neat jet/ space age detailing on it.  I mean, who the hell today would put this in the center of the steering wheel:

I have lots of great pics of this car…email me if you’d like them!  mechimike@yahoo.com

Personally, I think GM should break out the body dies for this puppy and start cranking them out again- white wall tires and all- and stuff some modern powerplants like an LSx Covette motor and modern mechanicals and safety equipment into them.  They’d sell the crap out of them.  Hell, I’d buy one.

6 Responses to “Futuramic”

  1. Adam says:

    Does the steering wheel double as a bottle opener? I can imagine what that would do in a headon collision. Thats why the NHTSA was created.

  2. Pitt says:

    That’s the price you pay for style.

    NHTSA: No Head Traumas from Styling Accents

  3. BrianN says:

    Does the car also have a javelin like hood ornament?

  4. Pitt says:

    @Brian: actually, it does. One of those old-school airplane-looking deals. Nice and pointy.

  5. matt says:


    Yeah, I haven’t posted anything in a couple of days — once again, I was struck down by some sort of horrible lung funk. One of the few downsides to working at a college is that being around students all the time has bumped me from “never get sick” to “laid low once or twice every winter”.

    That’s a pretty sweet ride. If you want to set up an account on the Gallery side of the web site (www.roadflares.org/gallery) to post the pictures, you’re more than welcome to.

  6. Pitt says:


    Yeah, I’ve been suffering through the lung funk again, too. Took last Friday off of work. Just when it seems to be getting better, though, I spend a night laying out on the concrete floor wrenching on the Tunachucker Volvo and the next day its flared up again.

    I’ll try to get the pics up on your gallery. It was an awesome car. I’ve never loved a four door car so much.

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