Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight

Oldsmobile first introduced the 88 badge in 1949, as it was meant to compliment the already-existing 76 and 98 badges. These newer car used the 76's platform with a grand new Rocket V8 engine. This mating of a relatively small light body and a large and powerful engine made it a pioneer in the muscle car world. This combination performed quite well in racing classes, which led frankly to increased sales to the public. Buyers were excited to see a car that they could afford to own that was also the image of 'cool'. There was an increasing demand for new cars in the quickly growing post WWII booming economy. Of course, the 88 appealed to many ex-military personnel who were young and were familiar with operating powerful military equipment. Why of course, they wanted that at home as well. On the other hand, one might have thought they would have left that on the battlefield, but that is for the shrinks to determine. Anyhow, the Oldsmobile 88 was a full-size car sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors and was manufactured from 1949 until 1999. Over those 50 years, the 88 enjoyed great success, and even inspired a popular 1950s slogan, Make a Date with a Rocket 88. To further this, there was a song called Rocket 88, which was often considered the first rock and roll record of all time. This of course only elevated the 'cool' factor even more. To play on this, in the 1960s, Oldsmobile adopted a rocket as its logo, which may have helped the 88 name remain in the Olds lineup until the late 1990s. This was practically until the end of the Oldsmobile marquee itself. To boot, from 1950 to 1974 the 88 was the division's top-selling line, which is a great thing to be.