It used the 88's B-body platform with a longer 127-inch 3,200 mm wheelbase matching the larger C-body Ninety-Eight with multi-leaf spring suspensions that differed entirely from the all-coil suspensions used in sedans and coupes. There was a pent up demand for new cars in the fast-expanding post- economy, and the 88 appealed to many ex-military personnel who were young and had operated powerful military equipment. Ransom Olds left the company in 1904 because of a dispute and formed the. A one-year only option on Delta 88 Royale Holiday coupes was the Royale Crown Landau package that included a stainless steel roof bar, padded rear quarter vinyl roof, special hood ornament and color-keyed wheelcovers. The Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946—1975. The Rocket 88 vaulted Oldsmobile from a somewhat staid, conservative car to a performer that became the one to beat on the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing circuits.
For 1973, wider and lower split waterfall grilles flanked a new federally mandated 5 mph 8. The Delmont 88 was only produced for two years. I note that the seller seems to be into cameras, so one might take that into consideration when viewing these pictures. For 1976, the final year of this generation, all Olds 88s received revised grille work, rectangular headlamps and parking lamps directly below instead of in the bumper, with Delta 88 Royale models also getting spring-loaded stand-up hood ornaments. The third-generation 1973-77 models no longer had skylights other than an optional front-row pop-up sunroof. Up front, all 1958 Oldsmobiles received one of General Motors' heavily styled front fascias and quad-headlights.
The sporty Jetstar I series was dropped with a lower-priced Starfire only offered as a hardtop coupe taking its place. Engines and transmission offerings were the same as 1952. The profile of the front fenders is all about the Toronado. In 1985, over 1 million Oldsmobiles were sold, but by the 1990s the division was tasked with competing with import brands. The introduction of the Aurora marked as General Motors' catalyst to reposition Oldsmobile as an upscale import fighter. Another character included 'Hy Spy' who had his ear to the ground as he checked out the competition. In 1974, a 5 mph 8.
The Delta Custom Holiday Coupe was essentially a successor to the former 88-based series offered in previous years 1961—66 but with a standard 88 semi-fastback roofline rather than the Starfire's squared off roof with concave rear window. Super 88s received tri-tone upholstery and trim. It was available as a pillared four-door Town Sedan, two-door and four-door Holiday hardtops and a convertible. With a bank wire, no holds will be placed on the funds. In 1952, the base 88 shared the Super 88s rear body panels and wheelbase, and came with a Rocket V8 and two-barrel while Super 88s came with a new four-barrel carburetor upping the output to 160 hp 119 kW. The rocket was eventually adoped as the Oldmsobile logo during the 1960's, though the 88 name continued to remain in the lineup until the late 1990's.
Eventually the Delta 88 was joined by the Delta 88 Royale, a premium trimmed Delta. With the introduction of the Jetstar 88, the Dynamic 88 models were elevated a rung up the ladder for the 1964 model year. New to the engine lineup was the 307 cu in 5. Length was increased somewhat to give the '62 Olds a longer look. In 1902, the same year that and won a contract to produce transmissions for the Oldsmobile company the company produced 635 cars, making it the first high-volume gasoline-powered automobile manufacturer. The lower-priced Dynamic 88 retained the two-barrel 265 hp 198 kW 371 cubic-inch '57—58 Rocket V8, with a 300 hp 220 kW four-barrel version optional.
Standard equipment included the 345 hp 257 kW 394ci Starfire engine, vinyl bucket seats and console. Many customers were loyal Oldsmobile buyers who specifically wanted the Rocket V8, and did not discover that their vehicle had the Chevrolet engine until they performed maintenance and discovered that purchased parts did not fit. An upscale trim line of the Dynamic 88, the Delta name was introduced in 1965 and replaced the previous top-series B-body Oldsmobiles, the Super 88. The models were offered with six- or nine-passenger seating with all seats facing forward. At the time, the largest and most powerful front-wheel-drive car ever produced, and one of the first modern front-wheel-drive cars equipped with an automatic transmission. The dimmer switch moved from the floor to the turn-signal lever.
The 1977—1979 was now based on the Delta 88's B-body rather than the Ninety-Eight's C-body thus also sharing the coil spring suspension, rather than the multi- and came with a two-way tailgate rather than the clamshell of 1971—76 models. All featured a unique Dark Cherry Metallic paint scheme. Early '65s were referred to as Dynamic 88 Deltas, but within a few weeks after the start of the model year, Olds began marketing the line as a separate series known as the Delta 88. The 88 series was also an image leader for Oldsmobile, particularly in the early years 1949—51 when it was one of the best performing automobiles thanks to its relatively small size, light weight and advanced overhead-valve high-compression V8 engine. A new four-speed Jetaway Hydra-Matic was introduced this year to replace the original Hydra-Matic transmission that Olds had used since 1940. For 1956, styling highlights included a new split grille in front and revised taillights and deck along with revised side chroming.
The basic Frigidaire air conditioning unit offered in previous years continued as before and becoming an increasingly popular option on full-sized Oldsmobiles. Model offerings were the same as 1972 with the Delta 88 Royale series now including the sole Olds convertible offering following the demise of the intermediate Cutlass Supreme convertible after 1972. Another styling cue for the Delta Custom was the addition of a second set of tail light reflectors set into the lower portion of the bumper. The Jetstar 88 used the smaller and Jetaway two-speed automatic transmission in place of the 394-cubic-inch V8 and found in other Oldsmobiles, and 9. The Royale Brougham became the high-line model of the 88 in 1980 and continued in this status until 1983. Drivers who topped the car over 100 mph moved the cylinder into an area where only the black base color was visible.
When the 88 was retired in 1999 with a Fiftieth Anniversary Edition , its length of service was the longest model name used on American cars after the. It is now located at the in , Michigan. In 1965 a new convertible was added to the Delta 88 line. Heaters became standard equipment on all models, and the push-button controls were located to the right of the steering wheel column. The 88 had full instrumentation. In case we have sent you the wrong part or is our mistake, we guarantee 100% to rectify and correct the problem immediately. In the Sixties, the Rocket 88 was replaced by the.
Every alert also had a corresponding light on the instrument cluster. Base models reverted to being simply called 88s after being designated as DeLuxe 88s for only one year and the Super 88 was once again the top series beneath the larger. This resulted in the emerging as base and the highline. Got it from my Grand dad in 1982 with 40k miles. When compared side to side, Oldsmobile looked dated next to its price-point competitor.