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Oldsmobile 98

The Oldsmobile 98 (originally 90; a.k.a. Ninety-Eight) was a full-size and the flagship model of the Oldsmobile of General Motors. The name appeared in 1941 and was used after American consumer production resumed post-World War II.

It as it would remain, the top-of-the-line with lesser Oldsmobiles lower numbers such as 66 and 76. were replaced by the Oldsmobile 88 in and the two number-names would carry on the 1990s as the bread and butter of the Oldsmobile lineup until the would replace it for 1996.

Motors developed a system of body panels between of its different makes, but the Ninety-Eight ranks several times this system. Its second makeover did not share body with the other senior Buick and Cadillac. It did not even its model-changeover synchronized with the year as the Eighty-Eight in the mid-1950s.

additional nomenclature was used the name, such as L/S and Holiday, and the 98 badge would become common in the later years of the The 98 shared its bodyshell with the Electra. As it was the top-line Oldsmobile, the had the most technologically advanced available, such as Twilight (a feature that automatically the headlights on and off via a timer, as controlled by the and the highest-grade interior and exterior


First generation Edit

Naming standards in flux at Oldsmobile during the 1930s and 1940s. From through 1938 Oldsmobile had two F and L. Series F came with a engine and Series L came a larger body and a straight-8 Series F was renamed Series 60 in and Series L was replaced with the 70 and 80, with the Series 70 and 80 being by the straight-6 and the straight-8 respectively.

In 1940 a larger body was and it alone was powered by the straight-8. In to differentiate it from the previous Series 80 it was named Series 90 was no Series 80 that year).

The were also given for the first time that with the Series 60, 70 and 90 being the Special, Dynamic and Custom respectively. In 1941 both were offered on each so to differentiate between the two the second was used to denote the number of so the Custom Cruiser 90 was replaced the Custom Cruiser 96 and 98. In 1942 dropped the six cylinder Series 90 leaving only the Custom 98.

An electric clock was standard in

Second generation (1948–1953)

With the introduction of new postwar in 1948 the Custom Cruiser 98 was the Futuramic 98. The following year the new was joined by a new engine, the now famous V8. In February 1949, several into the model year, Motors introduced three styled hardtop convertible the first of their type to be on a regular production basis had made seven prototype and Country hardtops in 1947).

The version, called Holiday, was to the 98 series that year. in four special Holiday as well as four two-tone it was priced the same as the convertible, and was equipped, with hydraulically windows and seat. In 1950, for one only, Oldsmobile added a fastback to the lineup which called Town Sedan.

in 1950, Oldsmobile stopped the 98 series and so from then 1996 it was simply known as the 98. In 1953, a padded safety became optional on the 98 and standard on the 98

Third generation (1954–1956)

In 1954, all Oldsmobile cars redesinged. The 98 got the safety padded as standard.

In 1955, the air conditioning was moved to the engine bay instead of the The turning circle was 43ft.

The 98 had a 126 in (3,200 mm) wheelbase. It used a 324 in³ V8. The parking brake was now a foot

Fourth generation (1957-1958)

In 1957, Oldsmobile added a recessed steering wheel. The 98 was Starfire 98. Power windows standard. Front leg room was inches.

In 1958, Oldsmobile air suspension as an option. Also new was a warning device.

That was replaced by a 371 in³ engine for 1957 the 371 was dropped in 1961

Fifth (1959–1960) Edit

In 1959, the line-up was redesinged. However, other GM makes(such as Chevrolet and Oldsmobile continued to use a full frame, instead of the GM X-frame.

In an anti spin rear was optional.

The 394, the largest Rocket V8, was used from until 1964.

Sixth (1961–1964) Edit

For 1961 it was renamed Classic 98; nevertheless, factory literature refers to the as the Ninety-Eight. Malcolm X owned a Oldsmobile 98—black, 4 door, it can be seen in the lobby of the Malcolm X on the south side of Chicago.

generation (1965–1970) Edit

The Ninety-Eight received an all-new along with other Oldsmobiles but retained a larger shared with Cadillac in with the B-body used in the 88. The Ninety-Eight featured many of the found on 88s but with more off styling. Also new for 1965 was the Luxury Sedan, which an even more luxurious along with more amenities than the regular models such as power and seats. Most 98 LS’s had vinyl roofs, which offered only in black year.

A new three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission with torque replaced the Roto Hydramatic that Olds had been since 1961.

Along the transmission and bodyshell, the engine was new for 1965. It was a 425 cubic-inch Super V8 that was more powerful and of a efficient design than the 394 cubic-inch V8 previously used, yet it was lighter in weight. The Ninety-Eight’s and only engine offering for was the four-barrel Ultra High version of the 425 Super Rocket at 360 horsepower (270 kW).

It was the Oldsmobile 98 generation with a transmission.

1969 Edit

a 127 inch (10.6 feet) length of 224.4 inches feet), width of 80.0 (6.7 feet), a height of inches (4.5 feet), and a of 4,168 lbs. (2.084 the Ninety-Eight’s continued to be the largest produced by Oldsmobile.

New to the Ninety-Eight were a recessed padded panel, anti-theft lock the steering column, rear mirror map light, mini-buckle belts, and deeply padded restraints. Standard for the Ninety-Eight’s was the 455 Rocket V-8 (7.5 liters) required premium leaded Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 transmission, steering (vari-ratio), power power windows, power custom sport seat, padded front seat, steering wheel, self electric clock, and wheel (hub caps).

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Some of the options were a tilt-telescope wheel, instant horn, season air conditioning with tinted glass windshield, 6 way seat, divided front with dual controls, trunk release (vacuum), control (power windows locks), power front brakes, am-fm stereo rear seat speaker, tape player (8-track), operated antenna, door guards, cruise control, outside remote control cornering lamps, anti-spin axle, vinyl roof, ventilation, and safety sentinel.

Of the Ninety-Eight series, the 1969’s the only models to have an hood extension. After numerous complaints from mechanics about hitting heads on the extension, Oldsmobile the style of the hood in 1970, the extension, which resulted in a hood design. Between and 1975 Oldsmobile commissioned to build professional cars, and hearses), using the large chassis. Ironically, during the (1968), the only Oldsmobile made into a limousine was the Toronado, known as the AQC Jetway

In 1970, the length grew to inches.

Eighth generation Edit

Oldsmobile built its full-size car in 1971 although was unchanged from 1970. The through 1976 Ninety-Eight was similar to the Oldsmobile 88 (which by now was the Delta 88) except the Ninety-Eight had Cadillac-esque tailfins to differentiate the two full-size models. The standard 455 Rocket V8 was rated at 340 hp (254 kW) and to run on lower octane regular low-lead or unleaded gasoline for the time this year to a General Motors-mandate that all be designed to run on such fuels in for the catalytic converter equipped of 1975 and later years absolutely required unleaded Despite this, a few 1975 and Ninety Eights were from this catalytic requirement in Canada and were certification along with from requiring unleaded

V8’s were progressively as production wore on in line tighter emission standards. A new was introduced this year would last until the model year. They the biggest and heaviest Oldsmobiles built, specifically the 1974 to models when federally 5 mph (8.0 km/h) bumpers added both front and that increased the overall of the cars by several inches to (5898 mm).

Trunk mounted louvers for the through ventilation system only found on 1971 (as in many other GM models of The louvers were moved to the jambs for 1972-1976 models.

The Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight (as well as the Olds Delta 88, Olds Buick LeSabre and Buick Park Avenue) were the first US production cars to an air bag option beginning in 1974. few cars were so equipped. The cost ($700) plus uncertainty about the yet-to-be safety systems that are now in today’s automobiles saw quite to that.

Ninety Eight Edit

For the 1972 model the Limited Edition Regency was to commemorate Oldsmobile’s 75th Each 1972 Oldsmobile Regency was registered at Tiffany’s and the specially styled interior a black or covert pillow velour upholstery, and power bench seat, in place of the bench seat with clock. Tiffany touches the Tiffany Gold paint (an custom metallic color especially for this car), the has also been specially by Tiffany’s and bears a white emblem above the Tiffany’s on a golden face.

Each Regency owner received a sterling silver key ring as a if ever lost the keys be dropped in a mail box, and would return them to the

A total of 2650 75th Ninety-Eight Regencys were all of them 4 door hardtops. In the non-anniversary Regency stayed in the up slotted just above the LS. The package would remain on the Ninety Eight throughout the model year when it become a separate model

Ninth generation (1977–1984)

The 1977 model was extensively and downsized, at the same time as the 88. The new models, at around 4000 curb weight, were 800 pounds lighter, but headroom and seat legroom were compared to equivalent 1976 The 455 in³ engine was replaced by the smaller 403 in³ V8. The 350 was now standard.

A diesel version of the 350 was added in Beginning in 1979, production of the 98 was to Lansing as Linden Assembly was to build the E-body cars.

LS models were available as only, and the premium Regency came as either a coupe or a 1981 saw the introduction of Buick’s 252 in³ V6 as as well as a new 4-speed THM200-4R transmission. The new Regency Brougham was introduced for 1982. This car plush Prima velour with embroidered emblems, cut carpeting, and electroluminescent opera on the B-pillars.

The LS model was discontinued. The models received a new grille, but otherwise unchanged. The federal 5 mph km/h) impact standard was back for 1984, prompting GM to major changes to the bumpers to weight; predictably, this reduced their effectiveness.

An tape player was no longer an

Production ended in March These cars were sold concurrently with the new drive 1985 model. The style reference in GM Manufacturing D for the carryover RWD models, and the new FWD cars C-bodies (as was the former designation for the RWD

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