Oldsmobile Show Cars

Show Cars are usually close to or based upon confirmed or already existing models - but with some slight changes in styling or technologies.

1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

2 passenger car, styled to resemble a rocket, made its debut at the 1956 General Motors Motorama.
The Rocket had a fiberglass body with nerf-like built in bumpers that give an overall rocket effect. It was powered with a 275HP Rocket V8 engine and weighed 2,500 pounds.
The upholstery was done in blue and gold leather. The speedometer was mounted in the center of the two-spoked steering wheel along with buttons to tilt the wheel, making it one of the first vehicles with a tilt steering wheel. As either door was opened, the roof panel automatically raised and the seat came up 3 inches and swiveled outward for easy entry or exit.
The Golden Rocket was revised several times and stayed on the show circuit for several years. As seen below, it was originally painted gold for the 50th Anniversary of Olds, then later repainted blue.

1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

 

1963 Oldsmobile J-TR

The J-TR was a custom designed F-85 convertible made for the 55th annual Chicago Auto Show. Fender openings expose cast aluminum wheels. Front styling includes rectangular shaped headlights, and louvered rocker panel moldings which house stainless steel exhaust outlets.
The interior is custom fitted with 4 bucket seats and full length sports console. Exterior colour is Firefrost silver.

1963 Oldsmobile J-TR

1963 Oldsmobile J-TR

1963 Oldsmobile J-TR

1963 Oldsmobile J-TR

1963 Oldsmobile J-TR

1963 Oldsmobile J-TR

 

1963 Oldsmobile el-Torero

Multiple coats of firefrost gold paint on exterior, the interior reflected a Spanish-motif. The presenter wore a cape that matched the gold brocade fabric used to upholster the inside door panels. Two-plus-two white naturally contoured bucket seats accented with red satin striping. El Torero was a custom version of the 1963 Olds 98 convertible.

1963 Oldsmobile el-Torero

1963 Oldsmobile el-Torero

 

1969 Oldsmobile 442 Apollo

Featured fireball red paint with black accent stripes and hood panels. Interior featured four metallic red and black leather "contour couches" and head restraints.

1969 Oldsmobile 442 Apollo

1969 Oldsmobile 442 Apollo

1969 Oldsmobile 442 Apollo

1969 Oldsmobile 442 Apollo

 

1972 Oldsmobile Contessa

Not much is known about this particular car. GM photostore lists it as a show car, so it was likely very close to a production model car, perhaps only had minor visual differences. If anyone has further info on this car, please let me know.

1972 Oldsmobile Contessa

 

1977 Oldsmobile Toronado XSR

Featured electrically retractable t-tops. "XS" was the production model. The XS did not have the power t-tops, but did have the wrap around rear windows which showcased a new 'hot-wire' technology for bending glass.

1977 Oldsmobile Toronado XSR

1977 Oldsmobile Toronado XSR

1977 Oldsmobile Toronado XSR

1977 Oldsmobile Toronado XSR

 

 

1995 Oldsmobile Aurora Show Car

Slightly different front end style than the production Aurora. Tinted glass roof allowing 7% of the sun's rays in. Oldsmobile's Guidestar system with controls mounted where cupholders were placed in the production Aurora.

1995 Oldsmobile Aurora Show Car

1995 Oldsmobile Aurora Show Car

1995 Oldsmobile Aurora Show Car

1995 Oldsmobile Aurora Show Car

 

1998 Oldsmobile Bravada X-Scape

Incorporated levels of luxury found in an Aurora but in a Bravada. Low profile high-performance tires mounted on 17" wheels gave it a more agressive stance while improving on-road stability and control. Supercharged engine delivering 245 hp.

1998 Oldsmobile Bravada X-Scape

1998 Oldsmobile Bravada X-Scape

1998 Oldsmobile Bravada X-Scape

1998 Oldsmobile Bravada X-Scape

 

2001 Oldsmobile Alero Zebra Show Vehicle

Oldsmobile "Zebra" cars were built by the GM's special vehicle divison (SVD) specifically for the North American Auto Show of 2001. Oldsmobile logo & Tiger/Zebra ghost stripes  airbrushed onto fenders & quarter panels appears only at certain angles. One-Off 18in Budnik CNC  "Billet Rocket"wheels Ultra high polished aluminum. Body lowered, custom rear fascia molded for dual exhaust "Tail Light Shape" stainless steel Exhaust Tips. As of Jan 2016, we now know the Alero's custom wheels still exist (this info from current owner).

2001 Oldsmobile Alero Zebra Show Vehicle

2001 Oldsmobile Alero Zebra Show Vehicle

2001 Oldsmobile Alero Zebra Show Vehicle

2001 Oldsmobile Alero Zebra Show Vehicle

2001 Oldsmobile Alero Zebra Show Vehicle

2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue Zebra Show Vehicle

Oldsmobile "Zebra" cars were built by the GM's special vehicle divison (SVD) specifically for the North American Auto Show of 2001. Oldsmobile logo & Tiger/Zebra ghost stripes  airbrushed onto fenders & quarter panels appears only at certain angles. One-Off 18in Budnik CNC  "Billet Rocket"wheels Ultra high polished aluminum. This car is reported to still exist with its custom wheels.

2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue Zebra Show Vehicle

2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue Zebra Show Vehicle

2001 Oldsmobile Aurora Zebra Show Vehicle

Oldsmobile "Zebra" cars were built by the GM's special vehicle divison (SVD) specifically for the North American Auto Show of 2001. Oldsmobile logo & Tiger/Zebra ghost stripes  airbrushed onto fenders & quarter panels appears only at certain angles. One-Off 18in Budnik CNC  "Billet Rocket"wheels Ultra high polished aluminum. The Aurora seen here was reportedly completely scrapped.

2001 Oldsmobile Aurora Zebra Show Vehicle

2001 Oldsmobile Alero Convertible

An Alero with a convertible soft top to help broaden the appeal of the car to young buyers. The Oldsmobile O4 concept also hinted that the next generation Alero could have had a convertible model.

2001 Oldsmobile Alero Convertible

2001 Oldsmobile Alero Convertible