Guaranteed! The 1960 Oldsmobile Warrenty
When you bought a new Oldsmobile in 1960, you received one of these 30,000 mile guarantee certificates (Special thanks to Mario Konig for sending me a scan of his!). It’s kind of interesting comparing it with a contemporary new car warrenty…particuarly when you look at the maintaince intervals required in it. Oldsmobile required that you have the oil changed and chassis lubed every 1000 miles (!) to keep the warranty in effect. It’s hard to imagine taking your car in that often for service…they also require that the lubrication products be from the Standard Oil Company of California. I think this is another indicator that petrolium products of that period varied a lot more in quality than they do today. The warranty basically covered the engine and transmission, with the express exception that it does not cover failures of plugs, gaskets, the cooling system, or obstructions in the oil system (the plugs I assume are the block freeze plugs, not the spark plugs). So, if you blew a head gasket I guess you were out of luck. Ironically, these cars are rapidly approaching the half-century mark, and yet there are still a lot of them on the road. Like most cars of the period, Oldsmobiles were a quality product and made to last.