The car was powered by an upgraded 324 cubic inch Rocket V8 engine tuned to produce 275 hp.
It rode on unique dotted-line whitewall tires.
The Golden Rocket was revised several times and stayed on the show circuit for several years.
Amazing Concept Car: 1956 Olds Golden Rocket XP400
1956 Olds Golden Rocket
1956 GM Motorama Opening Day
1956 GM Motorama Design for Dreaming
57timemachine on Aug 22, 2022 said:
One of the better looking bizarro creations and I see a hint of the 1960 Caddy fin and tail light. Cheers.[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Aug 22, 2022 said:
You have a keen eye George, there is definitely a hint of the future 1960 Cadillac fin and tail light there. Among several other future designs.
It amazes me how GM designers as well as other car manufacturers continuously used "Rocket" styling features in the mid to late fifties in their cars.
I remember in 1957 when the Sputnik satellite was launched by Russia and opened up a whole new "Rocket" era. Cheers![Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Aug 22, 2022 said:
My, my, my...looky what we have here. Hmmmmm, as others, I see the split window 63 Corvette. I'd be chastized if I didn't notice that. Good eye George and the caddy rear fender fins. You can never have too many fins. That is one thin steering wheel. And it was cool that the hatch would lift to allow easier access when the door was opened. The doted white walls were cool.
I'll give it a thumbs up.....well done once more Mario.......[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Aug 23, 2022 said:
Thanks Rob you noticed a few items as well on this car. Funny you noticed the thin steering wheel. That was generated for the "Ladies with dainty hands to drive the new cars". That was the marketing ploy to buy a second car for the "Lady at home". The fifties ads for cars were loaded with that. As well as all the power options. Try saying that today! Cheers.[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Aug 22, 2022 said:
The 1956 Olds Golden Rocket XP400 Concept Car had a fiberglass body and a very low and long profile. A split-window fastback roof design later incorporated into the 63 Corvette, a swept back wrap around windshield typical of late 50’s cars, taillight fins later incorporated into the 1960 Cadillac.
It also had seats that swivel out when the door is opened like Chrysler picked up in 1957. Hatch like roof panels similar to the T Top in the 1968 Corvette coupe. The 68 Vette was the first U.S. built production automobile to feature a T-top roof. The roof lifts up several inches when the door is opened for ease of entry.
The car was powered by an upgraded 324 cubic inch Rocket V8 engine tuned to produce 275 hp. The car was 201 inches long, 75 inches wide and 49 inches high. It also had unique dotted-line whitewall tires.
Only one prototype was built and designed by Harley Earl's Design Team. Current existence of Olds Golden Rocket seems doubtful. Though photos show it still existing as late as 1962, it’s been unseen since. Enjoy! Mario.[Reply to this comment]