|1938 OLDSMOBILE COUPE [SLOPER]
Oldsmobile suffered less from the Depression than most other makes, thanks to conservative but salable styling and a fairly consistent line up of six- and eight-cylinder models. Its L-head six began the decade at 197.5 cubic inches and 62-65 brake horsepower.
Olds' first straight-eight, another orthodox side-valve design, arrived for 1932 with 240 cubic inches and 87 bhp. These smooth, quiet, and reliable power plants received important improvements as the decade wore on, such as aluminium pistons for 1936. The eight was otherwise unchanged, but the six grew to 213.3 cid and 74 bhp for 1932.
A major redesign for 1937 took the six to 230 cid and 95 bhp, the eight to 257 cid and 110 bhp. Additional changes that year comprised full-length water jackets, stiffer piston skirts and crankshaft, stronger cams and valve lifters, and longer valve guides. The eight continued in this form through '48, after which it was retired for the history-making overhead-valve "Rocket" V-8. The six would remain unchanged through 1940.
This car was originally Black purchased from Gilbert Motors at Strathalbyn in 1938 by the Lukey family, from Murray Bridge. After his Father’s death Alan Lukey inherited the car, the car sat in a shed for 30 years. In 1992 it was purchased by Stephen Milham who restored the car had the original wheels widened and removed every second Grill piece for a super cool look. As you see it today. In 2013 the engine was rebuilt. Unique and so cool.
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