Oldsmobile had introduced the 88 badge in 1949. It was named to complement the already-existing 76 and 98, replacing the straight -8 engined 78. The new car used the same new Futuramic B-body platform, now pairing it with the new 303 cu in (5.0 L) Rocket V8 engine, producing 135 horsepower (101 kW). With a relatively small light body and large, powerful engine, it was thought of as the first ‘muscle car’. The Rocket 88 also gained a wide reputation as the one to beat on the track too, particularly in NASCAR circles, where it had numerous successes. Post World War II, there was a demand for new cars and the 88 appealed to many young ex-military motorists who were familiar with driving powerful vehicles in their professional life. The 88 therefore enjoyed a great success, even inspiring a popular 1950s slogan, "Make a Date with a Rocket 88", and also a song, "Rocket 88".
Our first Rocket 88 release appears as the 1950 Coupé in a rich cherry red and cream with dark red interior and whitewall tyres. Exterior trim includes the 1950 Rocket 88 emblem which Oldsmobile would adopt as its logo, and the 88 name would remain in the Olds line-up until the late 1990s, Our model is registered 024-372 from North Carolina in 1950.
Orders can be placed online, by phone or by post. The UK Postal address for orders is: Oxford Diecast Ltd, PO Box 363, Southampton S014 0TJ
As well as accepting sterling cheques we accept Euro cheques (over 50 euros) and US$ cheques (over 50 dollars).
The postage charges for non members are:
Order Value: £0.00 - £19.99UK: £2.95
Rest of the World: £6.45
Order Value: £20.00 & OverUK: £4.95
Rest of the World: £6.95
Orders are dispatched within 3 working days and can take between 3-5 working days for UK mainland.
If you choose to join the club you will receive any multi-purchase discounts at the time of ordering, by selecting the membership level you want and adding it to your order.
We can ship to virtually any address in the world. Note that there are restrictions on some products, and some products cannot be shipped to international destinations. Please click here to learn more about our international postage.
You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).
You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
If you need to return an item, please contact our customer services team on 023 8024 8850