Seventh generation (1961-1964)
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1961 Oldsmobile Classic 98 Town Sedan
Model years 1961-1964
Assembly Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Framingham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Linden, New Jersey, U.S.
Arlington, Texas, U.S.
Designer Bill Mitchell
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door hardtop
4-door 4-window hardtop
4-door 6-window sedan
4-door 6-window hardtop
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Related Cadillac Eldorado
Cadillac Sixty Special
Cadillac De Ville
Cadillac Series 62
Engine 394 cu in (6.5 L) Rocket V8
Transmission 3-speed Roto Hydramatic automatic
Wheelbase 126.0 in (3,200 mm)
Length 1961: 218.0 in (5,537 mm)
1962: 220.0 in (5,588 mm)
1963: 221.5 in (5,626 mm)
1964: 222.3 in (5,646 mm)
Width 1961: 77.2 in (1,961 mm)
1962-63: 77.9 in (1,979 mm)
1964: 78.0 in (1,981 mm)
Height 1961-62: 56.6 in (1,438 mm)
1963: 57.1 in (1,450 mm)
1964: 56.5 in (1,435 mm)
Curb weight 4,400-4,700 lb (2,000-2,100 kg)
For 1961, and 1961 only, the Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight was renamed
Classic 98; nevertheless, most factory literature refers to the
line as the Ninety-Eight.12 #fn12 A fifth body style was added to
the four offered since 1955: a 4-door 6-window hardtop, previously
exclusive to Cadillac and the Buick Electra. The "Holiday Sedan"
name was transferred to it, and the 4-door 4-window hardtop body
style was instead called the "Sport Sedan". This was the first time
not all Oldsmobile hardtops were called Holidays. The sedan, which
like in the two previous two years was a 6-window body style, was
now called the "Town Sedan". Another peculiarity of the 1961 models
was that, with the exception of the convertible, no 98 body styles
shared its roofline with the 88. Overall sales plunged from 59,364
to 43,010, probably due to the introduction of the new Starfire
series, the 98's low point following the production record set in
1955. Standard equipment included padded dash, Safety spectrum
speedometer, floating propeller, air scoop brakes, two-speed
windshield wipers, Safety-Vee steering wheel, parking brake lamp,
courtesy lamps, oil filter, windshield washer, electric clock, Roto
Hydramatic transmission, power steering and power brakes.
Upholstery was vinyl, cloth or leather. Standard tire size was 8.50
x 14 inches. With the 394 cu in (6.5 L) Rocket now standard
equipment on the Oldsmobile 88 a higher compression version was
made standard equipment on the 98 and Super 88 with horsepower
rising to 325 in 1961 and 330 in 1962. It was dubbed the
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