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Oldsmobile Convertible Roadster

Year: 1931|Ext: Blue|Int: Cognac|

For 1931, Oldsmobile offered just a single model range ? the F31. Sandwiched between Chevrolet and Buick, Oldsmobile was a brand for aspiring buyers who were looking to move up market for the first time. This however, was quite difficult in 1931 as the Great Depression had taken hold and automakers were struggling to find buyers for their products ? particularly anything with an upmarket appeal. Oldsmobile managed to market the F31 with a relatively low sticker price but it offered exceptional value for the money. At the heart of the model was the 197 cubic inch (approx. 3.2 liter) inline six cylinder engine. This smooth and torquey unit developed 65 horsepower. Backing the engine was a 3-speed synchromesh transmission which was a definite step up in terms of equipment as this relatively new technology was normally reserved for the likes of high-end Cadillacs and Packards. A variety of bodies were available that ranged from a conservative four door sedan to a sporting rumble-seat convertible coupe. Two trim levels were offered; Standard and Deluxe. Considering Oldsmobile had just one model to offer, sales were strong with 47,279 examples finding homes in the 1931 model year.

This delightful 1931 Oldsmobile F31 Convertible Coupe is a wonderful example of this rare and desirable automobile. It is recognizable as a deluxe model thanks to the dual sidemount spare wheels and trunk rack. While the Deluxe Convertible Coupe is the most sporting of the F31 lineup, it is also a very well equipped car, with roll up side windows, a full convertible top, rumble seat, golf bag door and the aforementioned factory-fitted trunk rack. For the full sporting effect, the windscreen can be folded, transforming the little roadster into a sporty speedster. This fine example was a solid, sound and highly original car that was treated to a sympathetic restoration some time ago, which has been carefully freshened in recent months. The blue body over black fenders is a great combination and the paint is in good order with deep gloss and no major flaws. It is just starting to take on a slight patina that gives it a great character. The body is straight with good body fit, and brightwork is similarly tidy, showing well with just a slight bit of age. It rides on a set of matching blue artillery wheels wrapped in blackwall Firestone tires that give it a wonderfully sporty appeal.

When climbing aboard, you are greeted by the original driver?s seat in excellent condition. Our restoration team has carefully cleaned and treated the leather to help preserve the original patina. The canvas top and boot have likewise been expertly cleaned to freshen the appearance but preserve the well-loved feel of this fine little roadster. ?Basic instrumentation is limited to a speedo, fuel gauge and amp gauge, all of which work and are in good original condition. A knob on the dash controls the radiator shutters for cold-weather running. Upholstery on the rumble seat is in very good condition with the tan cowlboard panels in fair condition.

Our team recently detailed the flathead inline six-cylinder engine using proper Oldsmobile green paint and period correct hose clamps and hardware. The engine looks wonderful and this smooth running unit is very sound with no smoke or leaks and a pleasing burble from the exhaust. The original Stromberg DXR-2 was a problematic unit, prompting a recall in the period. We have replaced the DXR-2 with an early postwar Stromberg to return more reliable performance in all conditions. However, the rare original has been retained and will be included in the sale. The undercarriage is exceptionally clean and tidy, with no corrosion, solid floors and excellent mechanicals.

Thanks to the smooth and easygoing nature of the engine and the slick-shifting 3-speed synchronized transmission, this Oldsmobile is simply a joy to drive. Recent service includes a full fluid flush, tuneup with new plugs and wires, a replacement carburetor, and cleaned and lubricated brakes.? It is perfectly suited for weekend outings on your favorite back roads or touring with clubs or friends. We simply adore this rare and splendid Oldsmobile and we?re sure that once you experience its charm, you will too.

For more information, please contact Al Ruozzi. We welcome questions, offers, trades and encourage in-person inspections.

  • Rare 1931 Oldsmobile Roadster
  • Very original car
  • Beautiful color combination
  • 6 cylinder engine