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CRIDERSVILLE —Futuristic styling, plus the new high-performance Rocket V8 engine and Hydramatic automatic transmission, made the 1949 Oldsmobile very desirable. 1949 was a new era for the U.S. automobile industry. The horsepower race was beginning. The 1949 Olds Rocket 88 was the beginning step to what would eventually become the march into the muscle car era. The big engine in the little car concept would become an industry wide trend. Supposedly, the original intent had been to us the new Rocket engine only in the 98 models. Sherrod Skinner, Oldsmobile's general manager came up with the idea of putting the new V-8 into the smaller, 76 model, some 350 pounds lighter than the larger car. Oldsmobile brochures read "The New Thrill!"

Bill Dickerson, of Cridersville, brought his 1949 Oldsmobile Series 76 Club Coupe to The Lima News. He purchased the car last summer. The car has only 59,147 miles on it. It is all original. He found the car sitting in a garage in St. Henry. "My buddy was looking for an Olds. He didn't buy it so I did," Dickerson said. The car drives nice and is real quiet and "floats over bumps," as Dickerson explained. Dickerson knows the background of the car. It was sold new in St. Marys and a year later the guy traded it in. Another man bought it then and drove it until 1957 or 1958. That man died and the car sat in the garage for 19 years. His wife gave it to her granddaughter and her husband rebuilt the engine, radiator and put a new exhaust on. "It runs like a top," Dickerson said.

1949 Oldsmobile Series 76 Club Coupe
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