The 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday coupe is built on General Motor's B-body platform and features a 5.0-liter OHV Rocket V8 engine. This carbureted engine has a 90-degree bank angle and 303-cubic inch displacement. The 1950 coupe features either a three-speed manual transmission with column shifter or a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.
The Rocket 88 small-block engine of the 1950 Oldsmobile coupe features hydraulic lifters, a counter-weighted forged crankshaft, aluminum pistons, floating wrist pins and a dual-plane intake manifold. Coupled with a two-barrel carburetor, the Rocket 88 delivers 135 of horsepower and 253 pounds of torque per foot.
Like the original 1949 model, the 1950 Oldsmobile 88 coupe features a push-button starter combined with a key ignition and an oil bath air cleaner. The 1950 coupe replaced the two-piece windshield of the 1949 coupe with a single piece of glass. The swooping hood design dips to the front fenders, while the dash design is clean and simple. A one-piece chrome bumper and grille include two fog lights and flare-side fenders accentuates the rear of the car. Chrome plating accents the car's headlights and body lines. The classic Oldsmobile globe emblem is present on the hood, rear deck and steering wheel. The coupe includes vacuum-operated windshield wipers, interior chrome plating and a Vintage Air heater and air conditioning unit.
The 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday coupe won the first-ever Carrera Panamericana, a five-day race across Mexico on the Panamerican Highway. The 88 coupe was seen as a leader in performance and touted as the first American muscle car.