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The first word that comes to mind when encountering the 1933 Oldsmobile F33 Rumble Seat Coupe owned by Angelo Rumore is “stunning.” It certainly does not look like an 85 year-old automobile, and that is one of the reasons Rumore bought the car four years ago when he was actually looking for something else.
“I was looking for a 1933 Pontiac and going through a list of cars for sale when this one popped up,” Rumore recalls. “It looked very much like a 1933 Pontiac so I went to see it and liked it so much I bought it.”
One of only six known to exist, according to the Oldsmobile Club of America, the 1933 Oldsmobile F33 Rumble Seat Coupe is an all-original, numbers-matching car that has been restored to look as it did the day it left the factory. The car has undergone two restorations, according to Rumore. The first began in 1978 and a second more detailed restoration began in 2008.
“The first guy who restored the car did a pretty good body-on total restoration, but the second guy did a more thorough job,” Rumore says. “During the first restoration, the car was completely painted light blue, but the second guy painted the fenders a darker blue. Also, he redid the interior and dashboard and all of the chrome plating. The interior is all gray cloth and whoever did the upholstery did a fantastic job.”
By the time that Rumore bought the 1933 Oldsmobile, there was little restoration work left to do.
“When I bought the car, it was pretty much in the same condition it is now,” Rumore explains. “I repainted the engine because it was the wrong color. It is supposed to be a darker shade of green. I detailed the engine and put carpet in the interior, which had black rubber mats. I also redid the decals on the hubcaps. The car originally had a six-volt battery but I converted it to eight-volt, which makes for easier starting and makes the lights brighter.”
The 33 Oldsmobile has scant features, unlike modern cars. It has a heater, but only manual brakes and steering. The driver gauges, which are set in a beautiful wood dash board, are limited to a speedometer, fuel, temperature, battery and oil pressure gauge. The car has no air conditioning, but Rumore says it does not really get hot inside because of the air flow.
“There is a louver on the cowl in front of the windshield. It opens with a lever, and because the rear window rolls down, you get a good flow of air through the car,” Rumore explains.
The car is powered by the original 221 cubic-inch six-cylinder flat head engine, which was rebuilt during the original restoration. The transmission is a manual three-speed with the gearshift on the floor. The 33 Oldsmobile has a hand crank, but Rumore admits he is never used it. “I think that a big six-cylinder engine like that would be really hard to start with a crank,” he says. “I have the original crank, but I do not think I had try to start the car with it. Also, I have the original owner manual and the original shop manual, which tells you how to work on the car.”
Rumore says the car is a pleasure to drive, and it gets a lot of attention, but he is looking to sell his 1933 Oldsmobile. “I kind of bought the car to sell it again, but I have enjoyed it so much that I have kept it,” he says, “I get bored with the cars after a while, so I am ready to move on to something else. I had like to sell it to someone who appreciates rare cars. Anyone interested in the car can email”

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