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1951 Oldsmobile Super 88 Deluxe 4-Door Sedan [3669D]

1951 Oldsmobile Super 88 [3669D] in Look at Life: Smashing Through, Documentary, 1960-1965

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US — Made for: GB

1951 Oldsmobile Super 88 Deluxe 4-Door Sedan [3669D]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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supcoach US

2018-02-18 14:11

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Oldsmobile??

tore-40 NO

2018-02-18 14:51

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"88" badge visible, Super side trim

1951-52 Olds Super "88" Deluxe 4-Door Sedan?

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JCB UK

2018-02-18 17:39

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Another view with interesting trailer-

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atom SE

2018-02-18 19:41

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It seems like the 52 where fitted with fender skirts.

dsl SX

2018-02-18 19:47

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CDN made for UK??

atom SE

2018-02-18 20:07

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It's LHD.

tore-40 NO

2018-02-18 20:44

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So what? LHD/RHD is not an issue for the 'Made for' tag

atom SE

2018-02-18 20:54

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No, but it would probably specifically rule out any Made for: GB tag.

dsl SX

2018-02-18 21:14

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US stuff was often made in CDN for UK within Commonwealth trade deals to give tariff advantages compared to direct import from US. RHD supplies were unusual, so LHD on this one is not a problem. Re-entering made for GB, for rarity and because it highlights the possibility this one was built in CDN until confirmation may be found.

tore-40 NO

2018-02-18 21:18

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We had the same discussion about Volvo PV the other day. They were apparently LHD in the UK. @atom; For your own country, US cars were sold as LHD, from what I've read US manufacturers were reluctant to make RHD models for a small market. @dsl; I see you just posted an answer, it's likely these were sold in UK as LHD.

atom SE

2018-02-19 09:15

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tore-40 wrote We had the same discussion about Volvo PV the other day. They were apparently LHD in the UK. @atom; For your own country, US cars were sold as LHD, from what I've read US manufacturers were reluctant to make RHD models for a small market. @dsl; I see you just posted an answer, it's likely these were sold in UK as LHD.

UK made cars in Sweden were LHD as well!

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tore-40 NO

2018-02-19 10:24

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Oh yes that's a bit strange but they had to make both types anyway, didn't they, as they had a large LHD foreign market out there. But the US manufacturers at the time were making cars for a much larger home market and just said like 'If it doesn't fit just buy something else then.' After the war many US cars were shipped to Sweden, weren't they. With LHD configuration, right? As well as what the French, German and most other car makers would provide (even if they mostly offered RHD!). Strangely, even the UK cars were thus LHD, as LHD cars were preferred by Swedish buyers. So for decades actually your country had the steering wheel on the 'wrong' side of the car (buses not included, with doors to the left and the driver to the right so they were scrapped, sold or converted at Dagen H but that's a different story) no matter where they originated, as well as your own SAABs and Volvos.

In Japan today, BTW, as you know LHD cars are not only allowed but even considered more exclusive. But that was probably not the case for Sweden. Some claim they were easier to keep close to the side of the narrow roads, some claim buyers were just waiting for the change to right hand traffic that was delayed for years and years.

Back to the subject car, my point was the reluctantness to make RHD cars would make this a 'normal' US car in UK.

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