Four cars came out of the XP20 project, but only this car survived.
The 1954 Olds F-88 is using the Corvette chassis and the body is made from fiberglass just like the Corvette.
Miss Armed Forces USA and F-86 Sabre USAF Fighter Jet with the F-88.
There were 4 F-88's built with some differences and only one survives today.
The power is transferred via four speed Hydra Matic transmission to a 3.55 Corvette rear axle.
Mario on Jun 15, 2021 said:
Another great looking GM Concept Car, the 1954 Olds F-88 XP20 from the studios of Harley Earl and his Team.
The front end is all Oldsmobile in a smaller scale but the rear end is the new Corvette with tail lights and styling.
This is a beautiful car well engineered and years ahead of its time.
The Center mounted instruments was a novel idea for left or right hand drive although I think it would be difficult to read them while driving.
Still it's a survivor today and with such a high price tag, I'm sure it will be kept safe and be around a long time.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Jun 22, 2021 said:
Hey Mario...I keep looking and looking and looking..and it looks like a Corvette and an Oldsmobile conceived a child. The front, all OLDS. But the rear doesn't work on this. The rounded front hood and then a dramatic change in angles and confusing add ons. Not GM's best work. It's hard to find anything thet truly flows in this design both in and out. Just my 2 cents. Keep up the great work Mario.[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Jun 23, 2021 said:
It's like 2 cars in one Rob! The 2 separate cars front and back have their own characteristics which is why I think the designers did this.
The concept cars were toured and seen at the GM Motoramas and they were looking for the public's reaction.
They probably heard exactly what you said and the stylists had a reference point to go on. I can only imagine the comments made on the various styling ideas.
Thanks for your input, Mario[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Jun 27, 2021 said:
The styling! The color! Just perfect! I wish somebody repro'd these- it wouldn't matter if it had a modern, small block. Just to BE SEEN in it![Reply to this comment]
Mario on Jul 1, 2021 said:
Thank you for your comments.
Olds was serious when developing this car since they produced 4 prototypes! That's unheard of back then.
Unfortunately only 1 survives today sold by Barret Jackson in 2005 for $3.2 mil to a private collector.
Olds in front and Corvette in back but a real sharp looking roadster! Cheers, Mario[Reply to this comment]