1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta Convertible

The Motorama, General Motors' extravagant traveling display of the latest technology and GM's part in it, was in full swing in 1953. Sports cars were the hot topic and GM introduced its designers' concepts in the Motorama, Cadillac Eldorado, Buick Skylark, Pontiac Parisienne and Chevrolet Corvette. The Parisienne, an open front opera coupe totally unsuited to Pontiac's placement in GM's marque hierarchy, quickly disappeared but the others achieved limited production status. It is well known that only 300 1953 Corvettes were built. Less well known is that Cadillac built 532 Eldorado’s and Buick a phenomenal 1690 Skylarks. Oldsmobile's 98 Fiesta convertible saw only 458 examples leave Lansing, the least-produced but perhaps most stylish of the 1953 Motorama specials aside from the 6-cylinder Corvette 2-seater. Rarely seen in subsequent years and considered by many to be the most attractive of all the Motorama specials, this 1953 Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta Convertible is a superior older cosmetic restoration. Its white and bright blue livery complements the body, highlighting the wraparound windshield which is unique to the '53 Olds Fiesta, the extended bumper with enclosed rear-mounted spare and rear wheel skirts. Fitted with continental kit, 'flipper' wheel covers, whitewall tires, power steering, brakes, windows, seat, top and windows, the interior is blue and white leather that matches the exterior colors set off by darker blue carpets and a white vinyl top, an unusually harmonious color scheme that other Fiestas -- frequently finished in bright fruit hues of apple red, orange and lemon yellow -- can only aspire to emulate. It looks good, even 'right', from every angle.

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