My Baby Blue 1962 Oldsmobile Rocket

Bill Harbin Jr By Bill Harbin Jr, 6th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Cars of the sixties were great, and this description of my 1962 Oldsmobile shows the excitement of automobiles in this era. Discover great things about older cars.

My Baby Blue 1962 Oldsmobile Rocket

The best car I ever owned was my first car, a 1962 Oldsmobile 88 coupe. A song was even written about this fine Detroit product. “It was a rocket” described the way this car would take off, and that baby blue color was the most popular color made in the sixties and looked so cool cruising down the road.

The Good Ole Days

Back in those days you would know if your date liked you, because she would slide close to you as that bench seat was wonderful for romance. It also came in handy as a college student because you could squeeze 8 people in the car and not worry if everyone was wearing seatbelts. That padded dash and the huge bumpers probably worked better for safety than any air bag made today. Once a car hit me from the back and there was not even a dent in the bumper!

This car had cruise control before it even became popular. If you pushed on the accelerator just right and released quickly the carburetor would stick and maintain speed, perhaps not the speed you wanted, but it would cruise just fine! Gas mileage did not seem to matter as much as performance and gas was way below $1.00 per gallon anyway. A smile would appear on my face when that carburetor would make a beautiful sound unlike any that you will hear from the fuel injectors in today’s cars.

Really Great Features

The rear wheel drive would kick sand at the beach or paint impressive black marks in asphalt. Options I added to the car was an 8 track player mounted in the floorboard and I even bought a device that you could insert like a tape that would play FM radio in quadraphonic stereo. There were cool “vent windows” in front of the driver and passenger windows so you could direct really good air flow in the car. Someone broke out that window one day and ripped out my 8 track player. They either got caught doing it or thought my equipment was bad, because they left it on the floorboard!

I know technology in cars have come a long way, but the performance, the fun, and the smooth driving experience was better in many ways with this car than anything you can purchase today. If Oldsmobile could have remembered what they created with this car, they would still be thriving today.


1960S, 1962, Automobile, Automobiles, Cars, Oldsmobile, Rocket

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
Bill Harbin Jr is a freelance writer that had a book published in addition to hundreds of articles. His practical, down to earth advice can be used to find not only value, but perhaps a better life.

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author avatar Retired
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Don't you just LOVE those big automobiles of the 60s? I had a '62 Chevy convertible, not as much horsepower as your Olds rocketship, but plenty of attraction from the guys. They no longer build cars for hanky panky in the backseat. Drat!

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author avatar Retired
6th Aug 2014 (#)

A terrific article about a terrific ride ... and times!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
6th Aug 2014 (#)

I love this stroll down memory lane. They sure don't make cars like they used to.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
6th Aug 2014 (#)

love it!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Bill, beautiful car. I have a personal favorite it's a 65 GTO. It was red. I loved that car. Great picture.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Great memories! My first vehicle was a 1963 Ford pick-up with the clutch on the column. Don't think you ever forget the first one!

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