Delta 88 Convertible
1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible
1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible
Detroit convertibles dwindled to a precious few by 1975, and the betting was that even those would soon go the way of the dodo. That they did, though some would be reincarnated a decade or so later (albeit in a reduced scale). But buyers couldn't know that at the time, so ragtops like Oldsmobile's 1975 Delta 88 Royale actually enjoyed one last sales hurrah, as top-down enthusiasts and fools with money rushed to buy what looked like surefire "collectibles". As a result, the big Olds attracted 21,038 orders as a '75 model, versus just 3,716 as a '74.
For consignment, one of 21,038 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale collectibles (as advertising of the time said, “Today a beautiful Olds convertible, Tomorrow a collector's item”, this large car from the mid 1970's presents in good condition. Some recent work has been performed, and this car is now up to snuff.
Ebony Black large straight steel panels adorn the exterior of the car. Lots of chrome in the form of trim, bumpers and badging is seen throughout. All this shows slight chipping in the paint. A long white trim spear runs the length of the car at the beltline. On all four corners chrome wire spoked hubcaps over steel wheels are noted and wrapped by 225/75R15's. The convertible top is new and is white and operated up and down flawlessly. Don't be fooled…this is a large and in charge car, lots of iron, all straight and well minded gaps and looking long and sporty if that is possible, and it is because this car pulls it off!
Loads of white leather can be seen covering the interior, and it is all in very nice clean condition with no tears or major faults. The front split bench and rear bench run from door to door, and this are covered in white leather and have a thin tuck and roll pattern for the inserts complete with buttons. A nice central armrest between the seats, and a few areas of soiling on the door panel armrests are seen on each door. All this white vinyl floats in a sea of deep black carpet which is in good condition. The original square design dash is clean, has areas of wear around some controls, and a nice wood appliqué panel in the center. Some wear is also seen on the small shelf below the dash, and the car has air-conditioning but it needs a recharge.
A flip of the hood and we are met with an original unrestored engine bay. Sitting in the middle is an original Oldsmobile 350ci V8. This is topped with a single 4-barrel carburetor and backed by an original TH350 3-speed automatic transmission. A 10-bolt rear is also attached to this drivetrain. All clean and ready to go.
Surface rust, heavy at times is seen throughout the undercarriage. Floor pans and other rocker panels and wheel wells are patined with black undercoating and definitely structurally strong. Independent coil springs for the front suspension and a 4 link with coil springs for the rear suspension are on. Power disc brakes for the front, and power drums for the back.
This car starts right up with a turn of the key, runs smoothly, and yields a good ride from the suspension. Brakes are solid, and the interior is very comfortable. It got up to speed easily and could definitely do that all day.
The end of the convertible was surprisingly short-lived: Chrysler figured out how to make a drop-top LeBaron meet safety standards in 1982 and Oldsmobile themselves re-entered the market in 1990 with the Cutlass Supreme. However, the Delta 88 Royale still stands apart from these modern cars because it has the size associated with classic American convertibles, something that hasn't been recreated since. SO now is your chance to get into the collector car game, and at a reasonable price for this very good, large, and long, classic convertible.
N-Delta 88 Royale
67-2 Door Convertible
K-350ci V8 4bbl 170hp
M-Lansing, MI Assy Plant
346121-Sequential Unit Number
ST 75 BN67-1975 Delta Royale Convertible
BDY LAN473701-Lansing Body #
TR 11W-White Leather
PNT 19 11R-Ebony Black, Cameo White Top
06B-2nd Week June Build
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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