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50 cars in 50 days, celebrating 50 years of Old Cars: Day Thirteen

Old Cars wants to celebrate our 50-year anniversary by bringing you "50 cars in 50 days." Today we offer up a classy 1930 Oldsmobile.

Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!

 DAY THIRTEEN: 1930 Oldsmobile


Milo Harpstead isn’t sure what kind of life his sweet 1930 Oldsmobile coupe had before he adopted it in 1963. He figures it was a typical farm car until somebody eventually decided it was too primitive to use as regular transportation anymore and parked it. “It was used on the farm and I think it had probably been on that same farm or a neighboring farm the whole time,” he says. 

“Back in those days the farmers would haul cream in big cans. You could see it had rings from heavy cream cans on the door sill plate. You can tell they used it to haul cream to the creamery [laughs].”


Harpstead’s two-door Olds was one of 5,008 three-passenger coupes built for the 1930 model year. It was one of 49,994 Oldsmobiles built for ’30 and carried a base price of $895, which was about $350 more than similarly configured four-cylinder Model A Fords that year.

Harpstead never envisioned he’d be acquiring a 50-plus-year companion when he went to check out the venerable Olds back in ’63, but he’s never found a good reason to part ways with it, either. “I bought it because when I saw it I thought it was a neat-looking car. It was built he same year I was born, and it was an enclosed cab as opposed to the Buick convertible. That had appeal to me,” he says. “I’ve just enjoyed the way it goes down he road at 45 mph [laughs].


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