In a move to modernize its lineup, Oldsmobile introduced a completely new 88 for 1961. The full-size car was now shorter, lower, and narrower than its predecessor, while utilizing the same 123-in. wheelbase. With styling inspired by the burgeoning “Space Race,” General Motors’ “Rocket” division produced a car that looked ballistically fast even while sitting still. Under the hood, the 371-cu. in. V-8 was replaced by the 98 model’s 394-cu. in. unit, with the Dynamic 88 receiving 250 hp. The redesigned 88 ‘Bubble Top’ coupe was fast, spacious, luxurious, and stylish, everything you’d expect from an Oldsmobile.