1984 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency Brougham Sedan
This car came to me as a trade-in. It was driven here from over an hour away. It came from a great collection of cars and was only offered to me as I had a car that was on his wish list. My expectations were not very high, especially since it is a sedan, but they were greatly exceeded.
The stature and condition of the car immediately impressed me. The odometer reading of 65,249 was believed to be actual, but the title shows it to be Exempt of odometer disclosure due to age. Certainly the condition of the car supported the claim of actual mileage, but he knew of no proof. As we were removing his belongings and documents, we discovered a Carfax report in the glovebox. Yes indeed, the mileage is actual and it is supported by the Carfax report.
In addition, the glovebox contained a pouch containing the key to unlock the wire wheel covers and the instructions. There was a full complement of original Owner’s Manuals including the original warranty booklet displaying the original owner’s name and address. This information jives with the Carfax report. The car was sold new to a man from Central Illinois and it eventually landed in a SW suburb of Chicago. The collector who traded it to me was a farmer from NW Illinois.
When decoding the RPO decal adhered to the trunk lid, it had the unusual notation “New Car Show”. I have reached out to some Oldsmobile experts and the consensus is that the car may have been shown at one of the shows to announce the new models for 1984. We suspect it may have been the Chicago Auto Show. It was an early production 1984 model and was sold in early September of 1983. The car is well-equipped and very attractive and stately.
This is the final abbreviated year for the full-sized rear wheel drive Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight. The 1985 models were smaller, front wheel drive and V6 powered. So if you love the big chassis cars and want one of the very last, this is one for you.
The options are typical of the big Buick, Oldsmobile or Cadillac: power steering and brakes, power windows and locks, air conditioning, cruise control, tilt steering, dual 6-way power seats, dual remote mirrors, courtesy lamps, body moldings and reading lamps. This car also has an inside trunk release, cornering lamps, AM/FM/Cassette/CB, power antenna, outside thermometer, original floor mats, door edge guards, Oldsmobile mud flaps and rear defogger.
The only gasoline engine available in 1984 was the reliable 307 Rocket V8. It is propelled by the 200R4 automatic transmission with overdrive. The rear end gearing of this car is 2.73 to 1. Even though this is a very big and heavy car, it will likely operate rather efficiently. But don’t expect it to be high performing.
The color is Dark Briar Brown with a Light Camel Vinyl top. The interior is Prima Velour in Light Camel with matching seat belts. This color combination is very elegant and stately. The cut pile carpeting is original, in excellent condition, and is matching.
The most recent owner provided this car care for past nine years. In addition to being a farmer, he owns and operated an automotive repair business. His attention to the performance, reliability, safety and appearance of this car is very evident.
He made repairs to the brakes. He replaced the belts and hoses, the radiator, the battery, the exhaust system and the AC Compressor. He retrofitted the AC system to 134a Freon. He installed new tires and shocks. He performed a complete tune-up and used AC Delco components to keep it looking original. The Rochester 4 barrel carburetor was rebuilt. Due to the typical “blotching” that occurs with automotive paint from the 80’s, he decided to have the car repainted. All trim was removed and the car was professionally repainted to the original color. The pinstripes were hand-painted to mimic the original painted stripes.
As a result, this is a phenomenal appearing car that is very close to looking like new. I am not one to ever use the term “mint” to describe a car, but this one fits the bill. It performs exceptionally well and every single feature functions properly. The only flaw that I can disclose is the digital display in the radio has become jumbled and is not readable. Otherwise, every feature works great, all lights work as they should and the trunk includes the original upholstery, mat, spare and jacking equipment.
I took the car for a short drive. It handles perfectly and the ride is very comfortable. Better than my recliner at home.
This great Oldsmobile is the last of the big rear wheel drive cars. It has been driven sparingly, has been treated to wonderful care and is in exceptional condition. I am very confident that it would be well received at any National Oldsmobile show. You would love the drive to the show and can feel extremely confident that you will arrive without concern or difficulty.
Yes, this is a four door sedan. But is such a great car and so incredibly attractive and elegant that I am proud to offer it. In fact, we are considering taking it out this weekend for a car club cruise through a scenic area to appreciate the fall colors. It would provide us with great comfort and effortless driving. Like me, I believe your expectations of this car will be exceeded.