1972 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale
Oldsmobile introduced the 88 badge in 1949. It was named to
complement the already-existing 76 and 98 and took the place of the
straight-8 engined 78 in the model lineup. The new car used the
same new B-body platform as the straight-6 engined 76 but paired it
with the new 303ci Rocket V8 engine producing 135 horsepower. This
combination of a relatively small light body and large, powerful
engine made it widely considered to be the first muscle car. The
Rocket 88 vaulted Oldsmobile from a somewhat staid and conservative
car to a performer that became the one to beat on the NASCAR
circuits. It won six of the nine NASCAR late-model division races
in 1949, 10 of 19 in 1950, 20 of 41 in 1952, and was eventually
eclipsed by the low-slung, powerful Hudson Hornet, but it was still
the first real "King of NASCAR."
This former king is now large and in charge we have a barn find
that had 1 previous owner. Yup, it's been sitting in Delaware for
several years now and finally the estate sold it to our consigner.
A little dulling, a little patina and a LOT of early 70's character
we now have some class in our hallowed halls (other than when I
walk through them!).
This 2 door hardtop has a satin sheen on its Sequoia Green paint.
The paint may be original to the car, as it has plenty of spots,
chip offs, and even some drip damage from possible hard water?
Bumpers are showing the beginnings of pitting and rust damage,
although it is in its early stages. Dual headlights in V shaped
coves have a split grille between them that runs above and below
the large wraparound front bumper also in a V shape in the middle.
Long, long, hood and front quarters glide rearward to the long
doors, and another long trunk deck the has a nicely sloping line,
ending in an upward angle and adorned with an upper and lower
trapezius tail lamp shape, one light in the rear quarter edge, and
one in the bumper. Thin trim spear, rocker and wheel well trimming
are noted and looking in good condition. Big dish style wheels with
machined flat round centers and some green paint for the edging,
then wrapped in thin white side walls.
Richly appointed for this Royale trim we see padded silk central
button squares lineup along the top edge of the door panel. A
horizontal delineating trim piece then some molded vinyl for the
armrest and door actuator in lighter textured vinyl. The lowers
have a strip of faded green to brown carpeting. Inside a wraparound
V shaped dash n square and rectangle design has all the
instrumentation needed to keep track of this car's vitals. Green
padded surrounds frame wood applique framing for the black faced
instruments. Chairs are a front split back and rear solid bench.
Both these shows as used and with the fronts being very soiled, and
the back with the uppers coming apart. These seats have tuck and
roll seats and 1/3 of the backs are covered with this material. The
uppers are padded quaker patterns with a central button. These
panels are in a slightly darker green. Carpeting is faded, stained
and looks to have areas of bleaching. Above, the headliner is nice
and tight and very clean.
Under the hood is an unrestored engine bay within which resides a
350ci V8 that shows lots of patina and surface rust. It has a
single 2-barrel carburetor and a 3-speed automatic on back (TH400).
The rear axle is a 10-bolt 3.08 designation. The car has 50,093
Light surface rust on some of the framing and suspension parts. The
floor pans and toe kicks are very nice, as is the framing. Attached
to this structure are independent coil springs up front and a 4
link with coil springs for the back. Power drum brakes for the
front, and power drum brakes for the back.
Its fires right up and on the test track did nicely. Good power, a
nice smooth ride, and bias free braking. The radio did not work but
all else was ticking.
A one owner barn find of this early piece of Detroit iron. Will
need some TLC but when you are done, it will not be "Your Fathers
N-Delta 88 Royale
57-2 Door Hardtop
H-350ci V8 2bbl 160hp
E-Linden, NJ Assy Plant
216312-Sequential Unit Number
ST 72 36457-1972 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 2 Door Hardtop
BDY E11180-Linden Body #
TR 332 A65-Green Kingswood Cloth & Green Morocceen Vinyl Split
PNT 48G-Sequoia Green, Green Vinyl Top
04B-2nd Week April Build
C08-1/4 Padded Vinyl Roof
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 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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