About Our 1956 Oldsmobile "Rocket"

"Rocket" is a 1956 Oldsmobile Super 88 4 door Holiday Sedan.

VIN 63639SD803523 Built in Oshawa, Ontario
Model Number 3639SD 4 door holiday sedan
Body Number 592 
Trim 933Medium Tourquoise & Ivory
Paint 417Pageantry Tourquoise / India Ivory
Engine 9135326324 CID 240HP Rocket V8 (with automatic transmission)
Production Date May 11, 19561,078 produced for sale in Canada (same model no. only)
Shipping Date May 14, 1956 
Dealer Jack Fowlie Motors Ltd.Drumheller, AB
Information provided by George J. Zapora, Vintage Specialist, GM Canada

It is our intent to keep "Rocket" as stock as possible, with any modifications either being for safety or easily reversible. So far, these include:

  • Electric wipers
  • Seat Belts
  • A CD Player (Requiring a hole in the glove box cardboard. Larger speakers were mounted under the dash without modifying anything. The existing radio still works as well).

Rocket is a daily driver driven all year round. Our 20 footer is very complete, but has a rusty floor and almost totally rusted out driver side rocker panels. A major restoration will have to be done soon.

FAQ

  1. Q: "Is it all original?"
    A: Mostly, but Rocket seems to have had a paint job at some time in the not too distant past.
  2. Q: "You let your teenager (a relatively new driver) drive it?!!"
    A: Yes. With the rust in the floor and rockers, I know I need to do some body work eventually anyways. :-) [Update: In the end it was my lovely wife that ended up having to stop Rocket using a post. We were lucky to have an experienced driver behind the wheel when the brakes let go.]