For Sale: 1971 Oldsmobile Delta 88 in Charlotte, North Carolina


Vehicle Description


A well-kept survivor that's logged only 21,787 miles

Original 350 cubic inch Rocket V8

Original GM Turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed automatic transmission

Correct Black vinyl interior / Correct air conditioning

Correct Galleon Gold paint

Sale includes: An original order sheet / An original Build Sheet / An original invoice

Correct 10-bolt rear axle

Factory power steering

Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes

15-inch Magnum 500 wheels

Unique, low-mileage collector cars are like buried treasure: you know they're out there, but they're almost impossible to find. That's especially true when you're looking for a showroom-fresh oddity like this awesome Delta Eighty-Eight. Pampered and paraded its entire life, this fantastic full-size is an extremely well preserved survivor that's driven only 21,787 miles in roughly 45 years. Looking for an outsider classic that's both affordable and substantial? This impressive Oldsmobile is a clean time capsule that'll transport you right back to the days when full-size American luxury ruled the world!


The early '70s wrought some of the most interesting offerings from Detroit's Big Three. Possessing the fading ego of the muscle car era, and attempting to meet stricter emissions and tighter safety standards, the companies felt a need to maintain their swagger while fostering an unprecedented break from convention. This grand Oldsmobile coupe is a serious testament to just how far that mindset sprang, or stumbled – depending on whom you talk to. The car's awesome Galleon Gold pigment is bright and glossy, lending a decidedly retro feel to its retro, unmolested body. With that pigment comes tidy sheetmetal, which presents clean, mostly straight surfacing that's logical and attractive. That solid profile is well aligned, featuring correctly guarded doors that open and close with ease. And overall, this Eighty-Eight's looks defy the decades its VIN suggests!

Despite having the same wheelbase as their predecessors, GM's 1971 B-Bodies were physically larger offerings that boasted handsomely exaggerated styling. At the front of this Olds's body, a deep-set fascia hangs a prominent rocket emblem and textured, "Oldsmobile" branded grilles between a sculpted bumper and four chrome-trimmed headlights. A whittled 'coke bottle' profile integrates clean marker lamps and flowing "Delta 88" badging beside tight wheel frames, broad rocker guards and traditional door handles. At the top of the car, chip-free glass seats polished stainless between a correct mirror and correct, Oldsmobile-branded vinyl. And out back, canted, rocket-branded tail lamps illuminate a louvered, "Oldsmobile" branded trunk above a second sculpted bumper.


Hoist the hood and you'll find an original, 350 cubic inch Rocket V8 that's ready to be seen and heard! At the top of the freshly repainted block, a big carburetor mixes juice from leak-free fuel lines with air that's supplied by a dressed, single-snorkel air cleaner. That air/fuel mixture travels in to a correct, cast iron intake that's anchored by a traditional points distributor. That distributor feeds spark through proven MSD Street Fire wires, which snake around correct "7" heads that are capped with stamped and color-keyed valve covers. And charred dinosaurs breach fully restored exhaust manifolds. Aesthetically, the car's Satin Black fenders and snazzy gold block look fantastic against its well-kept exterior. Items like a correct brake booster, a Delco battery topper and an old school Frigidaire AC compressor preserve an authentic feel. And, naturally, the reliable mill proudly displays a correct 395558 casting number in front of a matching 171566 partial VIN.


The bottom of this awesome Olds is clean, solid and ready to roll the blacktop. The aforementioned Rocket 350 fronts an original Turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed, which sends power to a stout 10-bolt axle that appears to employ correct, 3.08 gears. That smooth driveline rides a familiar double A-arm and leaf spring suspension, which, along with the car's chassis, displays minimal weathering given this coupe's age. Solid stops are provided by power front disc and rear drum brakes. Turns come courtesy of factory power steering. At the center of the car, a throaty exhaust system funnels spent gases through a baritone turbo muffler. And everything rolls on chrome Magnum 500s, which spin 225/75R15 Hankook Optimos around rocket-branded center caps.


Inside this impressive Eighty-Eight you'll find a correct Black interior that, in the realm of decades-old metal, is both classy and upscale. At the center of the cockpit, broad seats hang deluxe belts over fresh carpet that's protected by rugged Oldsmobile floor mats. At the sides of those seats, clean door panels center familiar GM armrests in bright chrome handles, straight stainless trim and rich wood applique. Above those panels, a tight headliner frames correct courtesy lamps. A wood-trimmed dash hangs factory telemetry above a correct tape deck and correct factory air conditioning. In front of the driver, a rocket-themed steering wheel displays excellent attention to detail. And behind the passengers, a large trunk anchors a correct jack and full-size spare tire beneath a correct courtesy lamp.


In addition to an original order sheet and original invoice, our sale includes an original GM Build Sheet. Here's a look at this Eighty-Eight's pertinent standard and optional equipment:

MODEL – 35457: Oldsmobile (3) Delta Eighty-Eight V8 (54) 2-door Holiday coupe (57)
ENGINE – TC: 350 cubic inch Rocket V8 that's fitted with a 2-barrel carburetor
TRANSMISSION – LL: Turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed automatic transmission
AXLE – NA: 10-bolt rear axle that's fitted with 3.08 gears
TRIM – 321: Black vinyl trim
COLOR – 55: Galleon Gold paint
TOP – B: Black vinyl top
WHEELS – BX: 15-inch steel wheels


C60: Air conditioning

AK1: Deluxe Belt Group

A01: Tinted glass

A39: Deluxe seatbelts

A85: Deluxe front shoulder harnesses

B32: Front floor mats

B33: Rear floor mats

B80: Roof drip moldings

B93: Door edge guards

C08: Black vinyl top

C60: Air conditioning

C87: Sail panel lamps

D33: Remote outside mirror

D34: Visor vanity mirror

FG2: Heavy duty shocks

M38: Automatic transmission

P26: Fiberglass-belted whitewall tires

UM1: AM radio that's complete with a tape deck

U25: Luggage compartment lamp

U26: Under hood lamp

U27: Glovebox lamp

U29: Courtesy/map lamp

Y60: Accessory Package Convenience Group


A vintage marketing brochure

A vintage Owner's Manual

Vintage factory literature

The car's original order sheet

The aforementioned Build Sheet

A vintage Pre-Delivery Service and Adjustment Check Sheet

The car's original invoice

Whenever we post unique, low-mileage survivors, they sell almost immediately. A whole generation of buyers is rediscovering traditional American luxury. And, since cars from premium brands have become increasingly scarce, the good ones are getting snapped up almost as quickly as they hit the market. If ...for more information please contact the seller.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-918426
  • Year:1971
  • Make:Oldsmobile
  • Model:Delta 88
  • Exterior Color:Galleon Gold
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:21787
  • Stock Number:135719
  • VIN:354571