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produced 383,000 vehicles in which earned them of the American automobile market. The Oldsmobile line had been restyled which marked the time in as many years. was done to keep pace the very popular 1957 models which had Virgil ‘Forward Look.’

The 1959 grew in length and weight. had a semi-unitized body and frame the cowl to the rear. The Series 98 was flagship car and was offered in four styles including the two and four-door hardtop models, a two-door and a pillared four-door sedan.

The measured 126.3-inches and the V8 engine to 394 cubic-inches and produced 315 horsepower.

The for the Series 98 began at $4,366 in which included most of the found on the 88, plus 98-specific and trim moldings, an electric power steering, power and a ‘Jetaway’ Hydra-Matic automatic A wide selection of upholstery leather, ‘morocceen’, and cloth in a of colors were available.

1959 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible is in two-tone finish of white and There are period correct tires mounted on steel and ‘spinner’ hubcaps. The interior is leather upholstery with a black and white dash.

car has the optional power-operated windows, an AM radio, and a heater.

In 2008, vehicle was brought to the 2nd Annual Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions where it was estimated to for $50,000-$60,000. Those estimates proven accurate as a high bid of including buyer’s premium was to secure new ownership. The lot was sold.

By Vaughan | Oct 2008


The on the 1959 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight atop the front fenders and in rocket-shaped appendages in the rear. The was termed the ‘Linear Look’ by designers and had a shape that was cleaner in line than its chromed 1958 predecessor. The series ultra-luxury cars available as a four-door hardtop, sedan, convertible and two-door

The engine was a 394 cubic-inch ‘Rocket’ V-8 mated to a four-speed ‘Jetaway’ transmission.

This 1959 Ninety-Eight Convertible was built in Michigan on January 14th of and delivered to a Dearborn dealer. The owner was called into service in 1960, and the car was driven occasionally by his parents over the few years. In 1966, it was purchased by the owner’s brother.

At the time of the car had traveled just 7,560 since new.

In 1988, the owner purchased the car from his The odometer reads just 56,000 miles.

By Daniel | Aug 2009

The Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight was a vehicle introduced in 1941 and in production until 1996 only one brake during time period while were switched to production of equipment during World War II. The 98 had formerly known as the Series 90.

The 98 was the top of the offering for Oldsmobile while its had lower numbers such as the 76. In the Oldsmobile 98 received the Rockey V8 and was offered in a variety of bodystyles coupe, town sedan, and The 303 cubic-inch engine was capable of around 135 horsepower and that continued to climb as the years

In 1951 Oldsmobile saw its sales down considerable and it fell sixth to seventh place in the automotive industry. Though vehicle offerings were and their engines and other components were on par, or than other marques, was feeling the squeeze of a tough and stiff competition. The 1951 98 was offered in four models included a four-door holiday and two versions of the two door coupe.

The popular and expensive style was the five passenger coupe.

In the 98 was moved to a new chassis, one that had enlarged by 4 inches. By the early there were four available including a two door, door, and convertible. Nearly luxury or optional item was offered with the 98.

Standard included power steering, brakes, six way power adjustable power windows, Hydra-Matic transmission, special wheel dash clock, windshield padded dash, and courtesy and map

By 1971 the Ninety-Eight’s appearance had similar to the Oldsmobile 88. There large tailfins in the rear changed in size from to year. In 1977 the 98 again a design overhaul.

It became and lighter. In 1980 it received aesthetic modifications.

In 1985 the drive was no longer offered, in its was a front-wheel drive construction. A 3.8 six-cylinder engine could now be under the hood.

In 1991 the again was redesigned, this becoming even shorter. It was in 1996.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar

The esteemed flagship of the Oldsmobile of GM, the Oldsmobile 98 or Ninety-Eight was a full-size that would hold its as the top-of-the-line model well the 90’s before the arrival of the Regency in 1997. The ’98’ first arrived on the scene in and was revived following WWII. It its GM C-body platform with and Buick, and occasionally added like ‘L/S’ and ‘Holiday’, near the later years of the

The first generation Oldsmobile 98 an overall length of 213 inches, had a weight around 3,600 and a 124.0-inch wheelbase. The 98 showcased all of the and whistles Oldsmobile had to offer at the including the Autronic Eye, automatically dimmed the headlights, Sentinel, which turned the on and off through a timer, controlled by the Hydramatic automatic transmission and the updated interior and exterior

During the late 1930s and naming standards at Oldsmobile undergoing a huge transformation. had two series from 1932 1938, ‘F’ and ‘L’. F, which came with a engine was renamed Series 60 in Series L came with a body and a straight-8 engine was with the Series 70 and 80. Series 70 was by the straight-6 while Series 80 was by the straight-8.

While the Series 60 used the GM the Series 70 and 80 used the B-body. The bigger C-body arrived on the in 1940 and was powered by the straight-8. The 80 was renamed the Series 90 to differentiate it the previous year’s Series 80. For the time that year the was also given names and the 60, 70 and 90 were now called the Special, and Custom Cruiser, respectively. engines were offered on series in 1941 to differentiate the two with the second digit the number of cylinders.

The Custom 90 was replaced with the Custom 96 and 98. The six cylinder 90 model was dropped by in 1942 which left on the Cruiser 98.

Sleek ‘torpedo’ was showcased on the new C-body 1940 Cruiser 90. The body was shared the Buick Roadmaster and Super, the Torpedo and the Cadillac Series 62. boards were gone, the and hip room was widened by 5 inches, and the was streamlined and 2-3 inches lower.

was plenty of room for 6 passengers in comfort thanks to these influenced by the Cadillac Sixty and a column mounted shift Sold in four body a total of 43,658 Oldsmobile 90s sold with the most of these being the 4-door which was exclusive to the 98.

The wheelbase was up to 125.0 inches in 1941. New on the was a deluxe equipment package. The 96 was offered in three different styles, and four on the 98. In 1941 119 of the rare four-door convertible sold, the only time exclusive body style ever be offered on the 98.

Alongside the convertible was a convertible coupe, a coupe and a 4-door sedan. was also the only year in history that a 90 series car with a six-cylinder engine (a Quite popular this was Hydramatic automatic transmission.

For the Oldsmobile 98’s sold 24,726 models.

The Custom was once again the lead in the lineup for 1942. All of the models in luxurious series was powered by the engine. The 4-door convertible disappeared from the scene an exclusive 127.0 inch was utilized in the series.

Before the war down production a total of 98’s were produced.

again the Custom Cruiser 98 was at the for Oldsmobile in 1946. All eight-cylinder Oldsmobile offered three-body a 4-door sedan, a 2-door coupe and a 2-door convertible. features updates like a instrument cluster clock, rubber sheet cushions and a armrest.

Other updates full pressure lubrication and choke with fast mode and electro hardened Standard for 1946 was vacuum pump, dual sun visors, and rear bumper guards, lighter and plastic radiator and wraparound bumpers. The customer select from leather, or Bedford cord upholstery. The size for 1946 was 7.00 by 15

A total of 14,364 Oldsmobile were sold in the year following the war.

The following the Custom Cruiser 98 continued on as it had as the top of the model and once again in body styles. This be the final year for the 98 1942 body. All of the 98s in the lineup featured the eight engine. Upholstery included leather or custom

Standard equipment for 1947 spare wheel a tire, an clock, safety glass, horns, cigarette lighter, a starter system and a vacuum pump. The numbers sold at a record high of 37,140 sold in 1947.

Heavily by the Futuramic styling concept would be used on all 1949 models, the top of the line ’48 98 models were revamped for the generation. Standard equipment fender skirts, front and bumper guards, a solenoid dual sun visors E-Z-1 mirror and foam rubber cushions. Deluxe equipment this year were and rear floor mats, trim rings, Deluxe wheel, rear seat and hydraulic window, seat and top on all convertibles.

Once again the choices included leather or The standard tire size was now x 16.

With the new radical styling a new name, and the Custom Cruiser 98 was the Futuramic 98. In 1971 the Custom name would once be used for full-size Oldsmobile wagons. The postwar styling to be quite popular with an large number sold a record 65,235 98 models

The newly famous Rocket V8 joined the newly styled in 1949. A few months into the year, in February 1949, GM three highly styled convertible coupes’; the 98 Holiday, the Series 62 Coupe de Ville, and the Roadmaster Riviera; the first coupes ever produced. the 98 series for 1949, the Holiday was in four special colors, with four two-tone Priced similarly to the convertible, the was similarly equipped with operated windows and seat. In its year only 2,006 were sold, compared to Club Coupes.

Setting yet Oldsmobile 98 record, a total of models were sold in

For 1950 the 98 continued with ’48 precedent of previewing of the next years styling for the 88 and after only two years the 98 again underwent a restyle. would be the first Oldsmobile slab sided, and setting the fashion statement; the first featuring wraparound rear In 1950 Oldsmobile introduced the 98 fastback Town Sedan.

It was for only one year and only 1,778 models.

For this the standard equipment list was and included bumper guards, lamps, dual horns, light, rubber floor foam rubber seat aluminum sill plates, luggage compartment, chrome trim and counterbalanced trunk The Deluxe 98 models featured electric clock, Deluxe wheel and horn button, seat armrest, stainless wheel trim rings and door trim. One the inside of the buyers had the choice of either broadcloth, leather or nylon upholstery.

The standard tire was 7.6 x15.

stopped naming the 98 series in and until 1996 was known as the Oldsmobile 98. The only exceptions 1957 when it was called the 98 and the Classic 98 in 1961. 98 Holiday soared to a record 8,263 fast on the heels of the Club at 11,989 models sold. was the final year for the pillared coupe and the 2-door Holiday became the vehicle of choice for fans.

Total sales in peaked at 106,200 units.

rolled around with the 98 once again the top of the line with three available styles. The Holiday hardtop was with either Standard or trim, while the 4-door and convertible came only Deluxe equipment. Standard now included an illuminated ashtray, chrome moldings, dome and lined trunk. Deluxe featured special rear ornament, Deluxe electric Deluxe steering wheel horn ring and special trim and rear center The upholstery options included nylon cloth and nylon

Exiting the lineup in 1951 was the Club coupe. The hardtop the only choice in a closed 98. For 1951 Holiday sales doubled to 17,929 models.

The 98 at the top once again for Oldsmobile in The 98 series shared the higher 160 HP Rocket V8 engine with the 88s. The three body featured standard equipment included gray rubber mats front and rear, clock, aluminum door plates, chrome gravel windshield washer and much Upholstery options included six of leather or broadcloth. The standard size was 8.00 x 15.

Power was an available option for the first along with Autronic Eye was an industry first that dimmed the headlights when an car approached. This option was only with Cadillac in its year.

1953 standard remained basically the same a few additions that included interior sun visors, chrome ventiplanes and rear seat rails. New this year was a padded safety dash and air for the first time. Oldsmobile the 98 Fiesta this year as one of the specialty convertibles, alongside the Series 62 Eldorado and the Buick Skylark.

Starting a new trademark would be seen on later models and also popular in the aftermarket, the Fiesta featured ‘spinner’ hubcaps. The convertible a wraparound windshield 76 inches than the standard 98’s and a cut-down belt line. The featured all of the standard Oldsmobile options except air conditioning.

The was powered by a special version of the 98 engine with an exclusive and a jump in compression of 8.3:1 to the standard 8.1:1. At 170 hp, the Fiesta had a 5 hp over the standard 98 engine. more than the standard 98 the Fiesta tipped the scales at compared to its 4,123 pound To combat the extra weight and the convertible within the acceptable of performance was a four-speed Hydramatic transmission and a faster rear ratio. The Fiesta carried an $5,715 price tag, twice the cost of a standard 98

Costing $700 more the Skylark, only 458 Fiesta were produced in comparison to of the standard 98 convertibles. The Fiesta only last one year, but in the name would be resuscitated to Oldsmobile station wagons.

a lineup revamp, the third of the once again top-of-the-line 98 was introduced in 1954. The three style 98 series continued to American auto dealer After the previous year’s dream car Oldsmobile named the Starfires.

The 5.3 L Rocket V8 featured modified horsepower and was shared the Super 88 series. The standard for the 98 remained basically the same, turn signals, courtesy package, stainless steel discs and parking brake The buyer could chose nylon and leather upholstery in a of colors.

The standard tire was 8.00 x 15.

Once again the 98 a longer wheelbase than the 88 in The standard equipment featured all of the and included spun glass insulation, stainless steel panel moldings, inside mirror and custom cushion seats front and rear. choices included covert and cloth, leather and nylon, and dimple leather and leather and cloth. The standard tire for 1955 was 7.70 x 15 and the turning was 43 foot. The optional air conditioning was relocated to the engine bay instead of the

For better performance traversing the Hydramatic automatic transmission selector featured an S on it.

Halfway the year Oldsmobile debuted the sedan, the new pillarless four-door body in the 98 series. The exclusive 4-door hardtops to ever be were the 4-door Oldsmobile 98 the 4-door 88 Holiday, the 4-door Century Riviera and the 4-door Riviera. A record number of were reported for 1955, due to the popularity of the new 4-door hardtop style.

Sales peaked at

For 1956 the top of the line Oldsmobile 98 rode on a 126 in wheelbase, 4.0 inches than the 88. The 98 was powered by a 240 horsepower V8 that it shared with the 88. For 1956 the parking brake was now a pedal and the standard tire was 8.00 x 15 inches made by Firestone or U.S. Royal.

The options were leather and cloth in a variety of colors and The standard options list the same and included Jetaway Drive, front fender deck lid ’98’ script and light moldings.

Debuting in was a retrograde three-piece rear treatment that required a reengineering. The 98 Series stayed in its place as top of the line, with year being officially Starfire 98. Standard equipment much of the same with the of special emblems, power power steering, exposed roof bows and much Upholstery for 1957 included the of a variety of cloth, Morocceen and leather. The standard tire was 9.00 x 14 inches and the standard was currently the 371 cu in Rocket V8.

Front leg room was increased to inches and a safety recessed wheel was added.

In 1958 a big was in store for the 98 series. Once the lineup featured its own exclusive of 126.5 inches while to share the more robust V8 engine with the Super 88. For four body styles available to the public and new this was a speed warning device and air suspension. Standard series included oil filter, turn four headlights, printed instrument cluster, padded courtesy lights, aluminum grille, color accented discs and much more.

The of the 98 Series could be ordered in a of differed colored leathers, and cloth.

The fifth generation of the 98 was debuted in 1959 and went a complete revamp. Rather use the GM X-frame Oldsmobile continued to a full perimeter frame. again the series was offered in bodystyles and rode an an exclusive inch wheelbase. From through 1964 the 98 Series the 394 cu in (6.5 L), which was the largest generation Rocket V8 engine.

tire size this was 9.0 x 14 inches. Continuing to be top of the line for the 98 Series standard equipment oil filter, air scoop brakes, panel moldings, wheel moldings, power brakes and and Jetaway Hydramatic Drive. The options were from a that included Morocceen, or different colored cloths.

firmly in place as the top dog for Oldsmobile in was the 98 Series. Optional for 1960 was an rear axle and tire was 9.00 by 14 inches. Standard included options like windshield wipers, air scoop Safety-vee steering wheel, speedometer, carpets with inserts, two-speed windshield windshield washers, electric deep twist carpeting, roof side moldings and more for 1960.

Upholstery were Morocceen in a variety of fabric and leather.

The 98 Series a new name in 1961, the Classic 98. But name wouldn’t last only one year in fact, and factory literature continued to to the line as the Ninety-Eight. The sixth of the 98 Series, for 1961 the lineup was to include five body The sedan became the Town and the 4-door 4-window hardtop style was now dubbed the Sport rather than the Holiday

Previously exclusive only to and the Buick Electra, for 1961 a new 6-window hardtop body was now available, and the Holiday Sedan was transferred to it. This would be the time that Holidays the name used for all Oldsmobile

Most likely because of the of the new Starfire series, but the sales for the 98 plunged from 59,364 to The Rocket engine was made equipment on the Olds 88 a higher version was made standard on the 98 and 88 and horsepower rose to 325 in 1961, and 330 in From 1961 through it was dubbed the ‘Skyrocket’. Upholstery were leather, vinyl or and standard tire size was x 14 inches.

Standard options floating propeller, air scoop parking brake lamp, lamps, oil filter, Roto transmission and much more.

The Hydramatic transmissions were away through a cost attempt by GM management in the 1960s. on cost savings per vehicle, GM to replace the dependable (yet Jetaway Hydramatic transmission a much cheaper to build speed Roto Hydramatic. The speed transmission had no front coupling at all, and used a ‘fill-and-dump’ coupling to work duty as both a fluid in third speed while a third reaction member. third member was called an by Oldsmobile, and was actually a small which gave some torque multiplication in first. The was that the ‘Accel-O-Rotor’ would the same multiplication range in as both the first and second of the four-speed unit, but without the or all the hardware.

This was the first that no fluid coupling was and the second speed being mechanical connection from to rear end. Unfortunately the with this unit in the was that engine speed at first race wildly hitting a ‘brick wall’ of a vey RPM decline in second, which was to third gear in the four-speed Hydramatic. Unfortunately this was unreliable and prone to trouble and a great deal of performance was readily attainable from the This transmission would be around for three year the more reliable, yet less Turbo Hydramatic would it in 1965.

Some dealers and transmissions shops replaced the Hydramatic in some Olds with older HM315 speed Hydramatic when with customer complaints.

rolled around with the 98 once again the largest models on offer. Five styles were in the lineup three 4-doors plus and and a closed 2-door. For this all hardtops were called as the Sport Sedan was renamed the Sport Sedan and the Holiday became the Holiday Sport

As usual, the luxurious 98’s plenty of available standard including guard beam coil springs, live body cushions, special power windows and power Interior options included leather or cloth, and the standard size was 8.50 x 14 inches.

The Ninety-Eight kept its signature wheelbase once again A 1963 4-door, Malcolm X owned hardtop Oldsmobile 98. New for year was the Custom Sports hardtop, the only body with the 345 horsepower Starfire The Luxury Sedan or L/S became the new for the 4-door 6-window hardtop.

1965 the naming convention of all designated Holidays wouldn’t again. 98 models were produced now in Linden, Lansing, City, Wilmington and Southgate. The tire size in ’63 was x 14 inches and interior options vinyl, leather or cloth.

equipment for this year deep pile carpeting, fuel tank, foam cushions, full-flow oil filter, windshield wipers, die-cast map light, heavy duty air special rocker panel self-regulating electric clock, headliner and dual rear cigarette lighters.

The 98 Series was available in six body in 1964 and included 2-door, and convertible configurations. After year 98’s were built in Lansing. Upholstery this year included leather and a variety of colored and standard tire size was x 14 inches.

Standard equipment all of the regular features and included like power seats, wheel discs and clock; and map lights.

Completely redesigned the bottom up, the seventh generation of the 98 was introduced in 1965. The lineup on the larger C-body shared Buick Electra and Cadillac the Oldsmobile 88 used the B-body. many of the same lines as the 88 found on the 98, the latter featured squared off styling. This featured five body as the Custom Sport Coupe was from the lineup and the 4-door body styles were with 4-door 4-window styles.

The elegant Luxury wasn’t a hardtop anymore, and a plush interior with more standard features. For only, most 98 Luxury had vinyl roofs. All hardtops again received the name for this year.

The 98 Series standard gear like steering and brakes, transmission, dash, power windows, padded seats, clock, brake light, courtesy and box lamps, front seat and much more. The standard size for 1965 was 8.55 x 14 The unpopular three speed Hydramatic was replaced with a new Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission torque converter. The engine was for this year as well. A 425 cu in L) Super Rocket V8 powered the 98 with a much more design than its predecessor and was lighter.

The four-barrel ‘Ultra Compression’ version of the 425 Super rated at 360 hp was the 98’s standard and engine offering for 1965.

the sizeable Ninety-Eight chassis, commissioned Cotner-Bevington to build vehicles like hearses and from 1965 through

In 1966 the 98 Series had no fear of their coveted spot as Oldsmobile’s, even as many market buyers bought the Starfires or the new Toronadas. Five styles were available year and included a trio of models. Standard equipment a variety of the same as previous and included Turbo-Hydramatic transmission, and rear seat belts, and special armrests on selected

Upholstery options were cloth and leather and the standard size was 8.55 x 14 inches.

The 98 and the became the only luxury options from Oldsmobile in when the Starfire was deleted. different body styles available from the 98 lineup year and continued to be manufactured in Upholstery options for this were the same as the previous with vinyl, cloth or and the tire size was updated to 8.85 x 14 inches.

Standard options for the 98 included power power seats, power power windows, molding armrests, dual cigarette electric clock, carpeting, package and Turbo-Hydramatic.

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The following Oldsmobile continued with the popular body styles for the 98 Upholstery options remained the along with the tire Engine displacement was bumped up to the 455 cu inch V8 with 365 hp.

Standard included four way flasher, steering column, side lights, dual master back-up lights, rear ashtrays, shoulder belts, trunk and much more.

For the 98 Series remained top-of-the-line again and was one of the largest Oldsmobile offered with its new 127.0-inch A hardtop version of the Luxury was added to the lineup for this which made six available styles. All 98 models were in Lansing and had the code letter M. equipment remained basically the with the addition of anti-theft within the steering column, a padded instrument panel, view mirror map light, padded head restraints and seat belts. Upholstery were cloth, leather or and the standard tire size was x 14 inches.

The standard engine to be the Rocket 455 which required leaded gas.

Some extras for 1969 included an horn, four season air with comfortron, 6-way seat, tilt-telescope steering tinted glass windshield, trunk release, power locks and front disc divided front seat dual controls, rear speaker, AM-FM stereo stereo tape player door edge guards, operated antenna, cruise cornering lamps, anti-spin axle, left outside control mirror, vinyl safety sentinel and flo-thru

This would be the only for an attached hood extension. For the hood would be restyled numerous customer complaints dealership mechanics about their heads on the extension. The new would delete the extension and a flat hood design.

the luxury side of Oldsmobile with the Toronado, the 98 Series to be the largest Oldsmobile models in and they grew in length to inches. All 98 models continued to be in Lansing and were designated the code letter M in the Vehicle Number. The interior upholstery was vinyl or cloth, and the standard size was J78-15.

Standard included Deluxe steering electric clock, full discs, Turbo-Hydramatic 400 transmission, brakes with front power windows and seats.

the wheelbase didn’t change in for the 98 Series, this would be the full-size Oldsmobile. The eighth of the 98 rolled out on the new GM full-size bodies features 64.3′ front room and 63.4′ rear room, the largest interior of the time. The Oldsmobile 88 was renamed the 88 and was very similar to the ’71-76 98 except for the shorter passenger

The 98 had a 3′ longer wheelbase and Cadillac like tailfins, further separated the model its 88 sibling.

Thanks to a GM-mandate engines be designated to run on lower regular lead, low-lead or gasoline in preparation for the catalytic equipped vehicles of 1975 and years that required gasoline, the standard 455 cubic-inch V8 was rated at 320 hp and designed to run on these In Canada, a few ’75 and ’76 Eights were given along with an exemption needing unleaded gas and released this catalytic converter Tighter emission standards in effect and as a result V8’s progressively detuned as production on.

1971 would be the only trunk mounted louvers for the through ventilation system as were relocated to the doorjambs for through 1976.

The full-size Cruiser station wagon the 98’s 127.0-inch wheelbase and the 455 V8 from 1971 through They two models also the interior and exterior styling, the 98’s specialized front and rear quarter panels and skirts. This would be the Olds station wagon to find itself on the Oldsmobile’s chassis.

The three-seat 1974 Cruiser Wagon was the heaviest ever built and weighed 5,161 pounds.

Like GM full-sized wagons during time, the Custom Cruiser utilized a special rear with multi-leaf springs than coil springs on other full-sized Olds, and full-sized GM cars. The wagon a new ‘Clamshell’ tailgate system the rear power-operated glass up into the roof while the slid into a recess the cargo floor. This be a first for the station wagon, a tailgate that replaced the tailgate, which required a lot of to lift from storage. The Clamshell system made it easier to load and unload the wagons in small spaces.

no other manufacturer would this system and GM would this option in 1977 the wagons were reduced in by about a foot.

In 1971 four body styles offered as the convertible was deleted the lineup along with the sedan body styles. The coupe was a new body style and for the time ever all of the 98’s hardtops. For the first time 1964 not all of the hardtops were Holidays. Interior upholstery was vinyl or leather and standard size was J78-15. The 98 lineup was in both Lansing and Linden.

features on the 98 Series included and rear armrests, electric carpeting, inside hood lamp package, power and steering, power brakes front discs and Turbo-Hydramatic

In 1972 four body were once again for the luxury lineup, but halfway the year a 4-door hardtop the Regency would be introduced to the marques 75th year. The 98 set a brand new sales record of models sold for the first in seventeen years. Standard remained basically the same as years and included extras windshield radio antenna, tire cover, molding interior light package and control outside mirror.

The year the 98 Series remained at the top end of the lineup, as it had been since the in 1941. Following a successful the 75th anniversary Regency hardtop continued in production. options for 1973 were or cloth and standard tire was L78-15.

Once again the Oldsmobile 98 set a record with a number sold of 138,462

Still exceptionally popular, the became Oldsmobile’s longest series in 1974. The Regency took the place of the Luxury and five models were now in the lineup. Upholstery options for year were cloth, or leather and the standard tire was J78-15.

Standard equipment basically the same.

The 98 grew to a record length of 232.4 with the addition of federally 5 mph bumpers added to the front and from 1974 through The 98 Series was reduced in length slightly in 1976 when it was to 232.2 inches. The ’74 98 4-door hardtop would be the body style that was for that year. Beginning in the full-size Oldsmobile’s (including the Buicks and Cadillac’s would be the first U.S. production to offer an air bag option called the Cushion Restraint System’.

a select few were equipped this expensive option around $700.

In 1975 the styles in the 98 lineup were down to four models as models were no longer The standard tire size for the was J78-15 while the upholstery were vinyl, cloth or Standard features remained the as previous years and included package, chrome wheel bumper impact strips and 455 CID

For 1976 both the Regency and editions of the full-size 98s were in 2-door coupes or 4-door models with 4-doors an extra window in the C-pillar. The had a landau roof option featured a huge-looking opera 98 models featured a dual eggcrate-design grille like the Cruiser and featured wraparound parking lamps, a new front end and front bumper. Wrapping the fender sides were marker lenses aligned the headlamps. A small emblem in lens was found on the vertical lamps.

Next to the license were tiny back-up on a panel that also small red lenses next to lamps. Standard features rear fender skirts, impact strips, a 455 CID Rocket V8 4-barrel carburetor, Turbo-Hydramatic, brakes, vari-ratio power driver’s door armrest console, fold-down center front ashtray, electronic center and JR78 x 15 blackwall radials. To help improve economy a new 2.41:1 axle also became standard.

The Edition Regency was introduced in to commemorate Oldsmobile’s 75th Each of these exclusive were registered at Tiffany’s and a special interior styled a black or covert ‘pillow velour upholstery, A power bench seat replaced the power bench seat rear clock. A special Gold paint, an exclusive metallic color was created for this vehicle. Tiffany in the Limited Edition model a specially styled clock by with a white Oldsmobile above the Tiffany’s name on a face. Every 1972 received a special sterling key ring as a gift that be replaced by Tiffany’s if ever

2,650 75th Anniversary were built, with all of being 4-door hardtops. A Regency was introduced in 1973 and was just above the LS in the lineup. the 1996 model year the package would be available on the 98 until it became its own separate nameplate.

A complete revamp was done on the generation of the 98 Series that in 1977. At the same time the 88 underwent major updates included downsizing. The 98 and 88 were now than 800 pounds lighter at 4,000 pounds curb but featured increased headroom and seat legroom compared to 1976 models. The smaller 403 in³ V8 the 98 Series and replaced the 455 in³ engine.

Now was the Olds 350. Setting yet sales record, in 1977 peaked at 139,423 for the 98.

In 1978 a version of the 350 was introduced. Production of the 98 was exclusively manufactured at Lansing Linden Assembly was retooled to the E-body cars beginning in The lux Regency model was available as a coupe or a sedan while LS models were only as sedans. Buick’s 252 in³ V6 engine standard in 1981 along a new 4-speed THM200-4R automatic The following year the new ultra Regency Brougham model was

This exclusive vehicle plush ‘Prima’ velour with embroidered emblems, opera lamps on the B-pillars and cut carpeting. The LS model was discontinued year.

For 1983 the only to the 98 Series was a new grille. Rolled for 1984, the federal 5 mph impact prompted GM to make big changes to the to save weight, which reduced effectiveness drastically. year also heralded the end to the tape layer as an option.

In of 1984 production ended and cars were sold the new front-wheel drive ’85 The new GWD cars became C-bodies the carryover RWD models were ‘D’ body style in GM

The tenth generation of the 98 Series was in 1985 as a downsized, shorter Switching to new front-wheel drive from rear-wheel drive, the new weighed more than 700 over the previous model, and was 25.0 inches shorter in Thankfully the passenger space nearly the same from the year and buyers seemed to this more normal vehicle.

Sales for 1985 doubled over the previous with a total of 169,432 sold compared to 76,833 in 1984.

The 98 lineup included a sedan and a 2-door coupe, in Regency or Regency Brougham in 1985. Both of the models with standard velour with the Sierra grain optional on both. Powering the 98 was the Buick 181 in³ V6 engine as the standard Never again would the V8 return to the 98 Series. Optional this year were the 263 in³ Diesel V6 and Bick’s 231.

For the 3.0 gas V6 and 4.3 Diesel V6 were dropped.

its six-year run Oldsmobile continued to this generation with updates. For only one year a ‘Grande’ package was offered special composite headlights and front end panel. It also 45/45 leather seats pigskin inserts and console combination lock.

New for 1987 was the Touring Sedan model and a new grille to the lineup with composite headlamps. The Touring came with standard that included leather designed by Lear Siegler, an computer from 1988 1990, anti-lock brakes, trunk from ’88 ’90, FE3 sport suspension, walnut interior, 15 or 16 inch wheels, console shifter and This would be the final for the slow-selling 2-door coupe style.

Brand new for 1988 was a pull-down trunk lid and an on-board with oil life monitor to the options list. The 98 received an grille also this along with the addition of Sentinel headlights, an automatic rearview mirror that be switched on and off and optional remote entry. A driver’s side was also optional, but rarely

In 1990 the 98 Series featured a new balancer and increased horsepower.

The generation of the 98 Series was introduced in 98 at the time as its 50th anniversary in The revise this generation an added length, wide low nose, rear fender and split-grille with wraparound that all added up to a much distinctive look than models. The 98 designers wanted a luxury vehicle that wouldn’t be able to confuse a similar Pontiac or Buick

This would also be the generation of the 98 since 1996 be the final year for the luxury

The overall length was increased by 9 inches though the wheelbase the same from the previous with the extra space to the rear of the car, which in a bigger trunk. Though the of the trim levels would throughout the model years, the generation would be available in two models; the traditional luxury-oriented models and the performance-oriented Touring The 6-passenger Regency model was in either velour or leather and the 170 hp 3.8 L Buick V6 and a column shifter.

5-passenger Touring models with the FE3 suspension package, seating designed by Lear 18 gallon fuel tank, wheels, a 205 hp supercharged version of the 3.9 L Buick V6.

The 98 Series was discontinued on May 31, after the Aurora entered the To fill the new void, two 88 siblings, the and the LSS were introduced. The more Regency 88 featured the carryover fenders from the 96 Ninety while the sportier LSS sported front fenders.

During the model years the LSS model was a more popular option to



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