1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale
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 as in good condition. Some recent work has
been performed, and this car is now up to snuff.
Crimson Red 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 pitting, and areas of light
dulling. A long white trim spear runs the length of the car at the
belt line. 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 black, however the cables that drive it have been
removed due to binding when raising the top. The top can be
operated manually until the cable issue if fixed. Consigner states
that the rear window is not in this top. A brand new second top
will come with this car. Also noted are all new seals replacing
Loads of white vinyl 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 vinyl and have a thin stitched flower
repeat pattern running the length for an accent. Slight spoiling of
the armrest and a few areas of wear off on the floral strip are
seen on each door. All this white vinyl floats in a sea of deep red
carpet which is in good condition. The original square design dash
is clean, has areas of wear around some controls, and a nice wood
applique 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 flip of the hood and we are met with an original unrestored
engine bay. Sitting in the middle is a numbers matching 350ci V8.
This is topped with a single 4-barrel carburetor and backed by a
numbers matching 3-speed automatic transmission. A 10-bolt rear is
also attached to this drivetrain. All clean and ready to go.
Some areas of previous repair to the floorpans and a black rattle
can spray covering them. This black was also sprayed on some of the
suspension parts and a partial covering on the frame. There is
surface rust, however it does not appear to be invasive on any of
the aforementioned areas. New calipers and rotors, a glass pack
exhaust system, a new starter, and new power steering pump and
reservoir have also been recently put on.
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
definitively 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 classic
N-Delta 88 Royale
K-350 ci V8 4 bbl
M-Lansing, MI Assy Plant
334352-Sequential Unit Number
ST 75 3BN67-1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Convertible
BDY LAN460817-Lansing Body #
TR 11W-White Vinyl
PNT 11R-Crimson Red 06A-1st Week June Build
73X-White Body Side Molding
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 450 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
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
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