The Cars That Money Can’t Buy – Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

Sun 3rd Mar 2019

Sometimes your wallet won’t stretch to purchasing your dream motor. But don’t worry too much, there are some cars that even the biggest bank balances can’t buy, the dream cars that will forever remain a dream. These are the concept cars that never go into production.

Oldsmobile Golden Rocket
The 1950s were a dream decade for car design, and a high-point for conceptual art in motors. One man and one event were than responsible for that era, Harley Earl and Motorama.

Harley Earl was a pioneer of car design, with a long list of classic concepts and production vehicles to his name, by the 1950s Earl was at his halcyon, appointed vice president of General Motors, his work on Project Opel, which inspired the Chevrolet Corvette was the stuff of legend. Equally impressive was Earl’s creative output at General Motors’ Motorama, his pioneering freeform designs were adopted and adapted for the motor shows and in 1956, another masterpiece as produced in the form of the Golden Rocket, one more space-age vehicle in a long line of concepts from that era.

With it’s sharkstyle nose and shark-fins at the rear, the Golden Rocket was designed to look like a rocket and with a V8 250bhp engine it could perform like a rocket.

It looked like the car of the future from the outside, and the interior did not disappoint either. Entry to the vehicle owed much to cockpit design, with a roof panel opening and a swivelling seat allowing driver and passengers ease of access to the glass bubble dome which topped off the vehicle.

Continuing the rocket-ship feel, the speedometer was mounted into the centre of the two-spoked steering wheel, a steering wheel which could tilt to suit the dimensions of the driver.

The concept lived up to its name in design and upholstery, the interior was finished in blue and gold, while the sleek, aerodynamic body of fibreglass was also finished in a metallic bronze paint.

Where is the Golden Rocket today? Nobody knows, it was the trend of General Motors to scrap their concept cars to reduce insurance liabilities, but we also know that Harley Earl liked to add the cars to his own personal collections. Last photographed in 1962, the Golden Rocket has never been seen again.