Custom Cruise Friday
We have hit a new level of pristine for this week’s Custom Cruise Friday Blog. The 1958 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Holiday Coupe, owned by Bill Storr, is unquestionably the cleanest, most original and most preserved vehicle we have profiled to this point. For the most part, the rest of our profiled vehicles have been built to be seen around town or around a race track. That is not the case for Storr and his prized “Eighty-Eight.” Listening to Storr tell his story, it is entirely likely that this car has never been driven on a cloudy day, much less ever felt a drop of water that has fallen from the sky.
Storr has been heavily involved with classic cars since his teens. His love of these vehicles started by admiring the Oldsmobiles that his older brother Ron used to drive. He would even get behind the wheel as a child; and while he feet may not have always touched the pedals, there is no restraining a young boy’s imagination while pretending to drive.
“I’d be there all afternoon,” Storr said.
His collection numbers about a dozen classic and vintage cars and truck, mostly of General Motors brands. However, the 1958 Olds 88 is the crown jewel of the collection. This car actually started life in the U.S. being sold to a couple that lived in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They would use the car as a cruising vehicle going on Sunday drives and such activities. By all reports, the strict care regimen that Storr follows was essentially started by the original owners. After the first owners passed away, their daughter properly stored the car for 20 years before working with a broker to sell it.
Storr came across an advertisement for the car in an automotive magazine and after reading the description, he only had one thought and a new mission.
“I don’t care what it costs,” Storr said. “I’ve got to have it.”
He took delivery of the car in 2006 on the exact day it was built at a plant in Michigan, 48 years to the day, and couldn’t believe what he was seeing. The paint, the interior, the chrome accents on the outside; all of it was pristine; not just clean or having been professionally restored. The original plastic from the factory is still covering the front and rear seats. The entire car looked like it just rolled off of the truck and was ready to go into the show room.
“It was like taking delivery of a new car,” Storr said. “It gleams like jewelry.”
When Storr brought the car back to Edmonton, Alberta, there was approximately 46,000 miles on it. Since he’s had it in his collection, he’s only driven it about 200 miles. This car has certainly never driven through snow, despite spending its life in the far north. Storr only drives it on perfect days and never on the highway. It is understood that the original owners also followed these same guidelines for the most part. In the few trips per year that Storr takes in the 1958 Oldsmobile 88, he never travels very far from home and he never takes his eyes off of the car.
“If you wanted to put a car on a pedestal,” Storr said. “This is it.”
During the course of interview Storr, he made two things clear. Not only does he love this car, but he also is working very hard to keep it in pristine condition, to preserve the car and its history.
The other point he made clear: The car ‘is not for sale at any price — it can’t be replaced.’
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