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1950 Oldsmobile 88 Fastback
1950 Oldsmobile 88 Fastback
Once upon a time, Olds was a styling leader for General Motors, and the 88 was the image leader for Olds. Like the Nash and the Tucker, it had a roof that sloped continuously down at the back, all the way to the base of the trunk at the rear bumper. Praised for their slipperiness, fastbacks pinched rear-seat passengers and penalized rear vision -- complaints that would also be made about modern coupe-styled sedans -- and were eventually succeeded by more modern notchbacks.

Last updated July 15 2011: 1:57 PM ET
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