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Encyclopedia > Oldsmobile 88
Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight
1994 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight
Manufacturer General Motors
Also called Oldsmobile Rocket 88
Oldsmobile Super 88
Oldsmobile Dynamic 88
Oldsmobile Jetstar 88
Oldsmobile Delmont 88
Oldsmobile Delta 88
Production 1949–1999
Assembly Wentzville, Missouri
Flint, Michigan
Lake Orion, Michigan
Lansing, Michigan
Fairfax, Kansas
Successor Oldsmobile Aurora 3.5
Class Full-size
Related Chevrolet Caprice
Buick LeSabre
Pontiac Bonneville

The Oldsmobile 88 (a.k.a. Eighty-Eight) was a full-size car sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors and produced from 1949 until 1999. From 1950 to 1974 the 88 was the division's top-selling line, particularly the entry-level models such as the 88 and Dynamic 88. The 88 series was also an image leader for Oldsmobile, particularly in the early years (1949–51) when it was one of the best performing automobiles thanks to its relatively small size, light weight and advanced overhead-valve high-compression V8 engine originally designed for the larger and more luxurious 98 series but dropped into the smaller six-cylinder Oldsmobile 76 body, creating what was considered the granddaddy of the musclecars of the 1960s. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 679 KB) Summary (C) 2004 Matthew Bowen Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Oldsmobile 88 ... Automakers, also known as carmakers, automobile manufacturers, motor manufacturers, or the automobile industry are companies that design and manufacture automobiles. ... General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, an American multinational corporation, is the worlds largest auto company by production volume for the first 9 months of 2007, and by sales volume for 76 consecutive years. ... Wentzville is a city located in St. ... Nickname: Location of Flint within Genesee County, Michigan. ... Downtown Lake Orion Lake Orion (pronounced OR-ee-un) is a village in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Location in Ingham County, Michigan1 Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Ingham, Eaton Settled 1835 Incorporation 1859 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Virg Bernero (D) Area  - City  35. ... Fairfax, Kansas refers to the Fairfax District in Kansas City, Kansas that is an industrial area along the Missouri River. ... The Oldsmobile Aurora was a luxury car made by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors and launched in 1995. ... Car classification is subjective since many vehicles fall into multiple categories. ... A full-size car is term used in North America for an automobile larger than a mid-size car, usually having a wheelbase greater than 2. ... The Chevrolet Caprice (later called Caprice Classic) was a series name of automobile produced by Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, in the United States from the 1965 through 1996 model years. ... The Buick LeSabre was a full-size car made by the Buick division of General Motors from 1959-2005. ... The Pontiac Bonneville is an automobile built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1958 to 2005. ... 2001 BMW 750iL The Ford Falcon, a popular Australian full-size car A full-size car is a marketing term used in North America for an automobile larger than a mid-size car. ... Oldsmobile is a brand of automobile produced for most of its existence by General Motors. ... General Motors Corporation, also known as GM, an American multinational corporation, is the worlds largest auto company by production volume for the first 9 months of 2007, and by sales volume for 76 consecutive years. ...


A large number of variations in nomenclature were seen over this long model run—Delmont, Delta, Dynamic, Jetstar, Starfire, Super, Holiday, L/S, LSS, Celebrity, and Royale were used at various times with the 88 badge, and Fiesta appeared on some station wagons in the 1950s and 1960s. The name was more commonly shown as numbers in the earlier years and was usually spelled out in the later.


The Oldsmobile Eighty Eight was produced in Wentzville, Missouri; Flint, Michigan; and Lake Orion, Michigan. Wentzville is a city located in St. ... Nickname: Location of Flint within Genesee County, Michigan. ... Downtown Lake Orion Lake Orion (pronounced OR-ee-un) is a village in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ...

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1949

Oldsmobile introduced the 88 badge in 1949. It was named to complement the already-existing 76 and 98. The new car used the 76's platform with a powerful new Rocket V8 engine. This combination of a relatively small light body and large, powerful engine made it a precursor to the muscle car. This combination performed well in various racing classes, which led directly to increased sales to the public. There was a pent up demand for new cars in the fast-expanding post WWII economy, and the 88 appealed to many ex-military personnel who were young and had operated powerful military equipment. Oldsmobile is a brand of automobile produced for most of its existence by General Motors. ... The Oldsmobile 98 (formerly Series 90 Custom Cruiser) was a full-size automobile sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors in the United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... The Pontiac GTO is a classic example of the muscle car. ...


The 88 enjoyed a great success, inspiring a popular 1950s slogan, "Make a Date with a Rocket 88", and also a song, "Rocket 88", often considered the first rock and roll record. In the 1960s, Oldsmobile would adopt the rocket as its logo, and the 88 name would remain in the Olds lineup until the late 1990s, virtually until the end of Oldsmobile itself. Rocket 88 is a rhythm and blues song from 1951. ... There are many candidates for the title of the first rock and roll record. ...


1950

Styling changes include the replacement of a two-piece windshield with a one-piece unit and the addition of the Holiday hardtop coupe to the line. Also a three-speed manual transmission with column shift became available as a "delete for credit" option to the Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. The 88 now outsold the six-cylinder 76 lineup, which was dropped entirely after the 1950 model year.


1951

The new Super 88 model was introduced in 1951 as a more luxurious version of the basic 88 and produced until 1964. The base 88 was now the entry-level Olds as the six-cylinder 76 line was dropped.


1957

Oldsmobile Super 88 Stationwagon 1957
Oldsmobile Super 88 Stationwagon 1957

For this year only, the basic 88 was officially named Golden Rocket 88, taken from Olds' 1956 Motorama two-passenger show car. However, the only badging was an "88" underneath each taillight. Also for 1957 the "J2" option was offered, with three 2-barrel carburetors, similar to the Pontiac Tri-Power. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Motoramas were auto shows staged by General Motors from 1949 to 1961. ...


1958

1958 Oldsmobile Super 88
1958 Oldsmobile Super 88

1958 is best known in Oldsmobile as the year of the "Chromesmobile" thanks to tremendous splatterings of chrome trim on the body, particularly on the higher-priced Super 88 and Ninety-Eight models. The styling was advertised by Olds as the "Mobile Look." Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,816 × 2,112 pixels, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,816 × 2,112 pixels, file size: 2. ...


The Dynamic 88 debuted in 1958 and lasted through 1966 positioned as the entry level model below the Super 88. This model featured a more economical Rocket V8 than its more expensive linemates - a detuned 265 horsepower (198 kW) version of the 371 cubic-inch Rocket V8 with two-barrel carburetion. Super 88 and Ninety-Eight models were powered by a four-barrel 300 horsepower (220 kW) version of that engine as standard equipment with a J-2 option featuring three two-barrel carburetors and 310 horsepower (231 kW).


New option for 1958 was a "Sportable" radio that could be removed from the instrument panel through the glove compartment and used as a portable radio for beaches, picnics, etc. thanks to portable batteries.


A revised instrument panel was highlighted by a new deep-dish steering wheel with "horn bars" replacing the long-standing horn ring still common during that period.


Despite an economic recession that cut into new car sales industrywide, and especially affected the medium-priced car market that Olds competed in, Oldsmobile saw only a slight decline in sales for 1958 and even rose in industry standings to fourth-place behind the "Low-Priced Three" of Chevrolet, Ford and Plymouth, while surpassing a now-floundering sister division Buick on the sales charts for the first time in many years. Oldsmobile was also way ahead of other middle-priced competitors such as sister division Pontiac, Mercury, Dodge and Chrysler, along with Ford Motor Company's all-new and ill-fated Edsel, and Chrysler Corporation's DeSoto - the latter two nameplates of which would fade into oblivion within the next three years. The Edsel was a make of automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor Company during the 1958, 1959, and 1960 model years. ...


1959

All Oldsmobiles were completely restyled for 1959 with a longer, lower and wider body on the basic GM B-body, which for the first time was used on all of General Motors' standard-sized cars from the lowest-priced Chevrolet to the most-expensive Cadillac. Styling highlights for the new models, promoted as the "Linear Look," included six-window styling on four-door pillared sedans, glassy semi-fastback rooflines on Holiday coupes and flat-blade rooflines with thin windshield and C-pillars on Holiday sedans which created a "fishbowl"-like effect. While many 1959 model cars featured bigger and sharper fins, Olds featured more subdued "oval" fins and far less chrome than the '58 model for a much cleaner look. Wheelbases on 88 models increased by one inch to 123 inches (3,124 mm) while Ninety-Eights stayed at 126 inches (3,200 mm).


A larger 394 cubic-inch Rocket V8 with four-barrel carburetion and rated at 315 horsepower (235 kW) was standard equipment on Super 88 and Ninety-Eight models. The lower-priced Dynamic 88 series was powered by 371 cubic-inch Rocket V8 carried over from 1957-58 rated at 265 horsepower (198 kW) with two-barrel carburetion, or optional four-barrel version rated at 300 horsepower (220 kW).


1960

1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic Rocket 88 Pillarless Coupé
1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic Rocket 88 Pillarless Coupé

A major facelift with new grille and taillights and revised rear design highlighted the 1960 Oldsmobiles. The larger 315 horsepower (235 kW) 394 cubic-inch Rocket V8 continued as standard power for Super 88 and Ninety -Eight models. Dynamic 88s continued with the 371 cubic-inch Rocket V8 that was detuned to 240 horsepower (179 kW) thanks to a lower compression ratio that permitted the use of lower-priced regular gasoline. Download high resolution version (1500x973, 251 KB) 1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic Rocket 88 Pillarless Coupé at Bristol Car Show, The Downs, Bristol, England. ... Download high resolution version (1500x973, 251 KB) 1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic Rocket 88 Pillarless Coupé at Bristol Car Show, The Downs, Bristol, England. ...


1961

An all-new body and chassis with all-coil suspension replacing the previous leaf springs highlighted the 1961 full-sized Oldsmobiles, which for the first time were joined by the new compact F-85 models. Wheelbases remained the same as in 1960, but overall length and width were reduced a bit to more sensible proportions. All full-sized Oldsmobiles were now powered by the 394 cubic-inch Rocket V8 with the Dynamic 88 getting a two-barrel, 250 horsepower (186 kW) version that used regular gas, while the Super 88 and Ninety-Eight were powered by a four-barrel "Ultra High Compression" 394 Skyrocket V8 rated at 325 horsepower (242 kW). The Skyrocket engine was available as an extra-cost option on the Dynamic 88. The Oldsmobile Cutlass is a type of automobile made by General Motors. ...


A new three-speed "Roto" Hydra-matic transmission that was smaller and lighter than the previous four-speed unit was introduced on all full-sized Oldsmobiles (optional on 88s and standard on Ninety-Eight) with a scaled-down version used in the compact F-85.


At mid-year, a sporty and luxurious convertible called the Starfire was introduced. It was based on the Super 88 ragtop and featured leather bucket seats, center console with floor shifter for the Hydra-matic transmission (incidentally the first U.S. full-sized production car to feature an automatic transmission with a console-mounted floor shifter) and loads of other standard items such as power steering, brakes, windows and driver's seat. The Starfire was also powered by an even higher-performance version of the "Ultra High Compression" 394 cubic-inch Starfire V8 rated at 335 horsepower (250 kW).


1962

The 1962 Oldsmobiles received a minor facelift that included a revised grille and tailights, along with a new convertible-like roofline on Holiday hardtop coupes. Length was increased somewhat to give the '62 Olds a longer look. The Starfire gained a new two-door hardtop in addition to the original convertible. Engines uprated to 280 horsepower (209 kW) for the standard engine in the Dynamic 88 thanks to a higher compression ratio that demanded the use of premium fuel (a regular-fuel 260 horsepower (194 kW) version was offered as a no-cost option), 330 horses for the "Skyrocket" V8 standard on Super 88 and Ninety-Eight and 345 horses for the top Starfire Rocket V8.


1963

New, squared-off styling highlighted the 1963 full-sized Oldsmobiles. Rooflines on most models were unchanged from 1962, except that the Starfire Holiday (hardtop) coupe received an exclusive squared-off roof with concave rear window. Models and drivetrains in both the Dynamic 88 and Super 88 series were unchanged from 1962. New options this year included a "Tilt-Away" steering wheel that could be adjusted to six positions, AM/FM radio and cruise control.


1964

Oldsmobile's new price leader full-sized car, the Jetstar 88 used the same basic bodyshell as other 88 models, but shared the many of the mid-size car components with the Oldsmobile F-85 line in the 1960s. The Jetstar 88 used the smaller 330 V8 and Jetaway (Super Turbine 300) two-speed automatic transmission in place of the 394 cubic-inch V8 and Hydra-Matic found in other Oldsmobiles, and 9.5 in (241.3 mm) drum brakes which were less effective than the 11-inch (279 mm) drums found on other full-sized Olds models including the top-selling Dynamic 88, the plusher and more powerful Super 88 and the larger and more luxurious Ninety-Eight. 1964 also saw the introduction of the Jetstar I. This model was produced for just two years and was a direct competitor to the Pontiac Grand Prix in the same $3,500 price range. The Jetstar I shared a notchback body style from the Starfire along with its more powerful 345 horsepower (257 kW) 394 cubic-inch Rocket V8 engine but with less standard equipment and a lower price tag. A mid-size car, frequently referred to as an intermediate, is an automobile with a size between that of a compact and a full-size or standard-size car. ... The Oldsmobile Cutlass is a type of automobile made by General Motors. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Super Turbine 300 (abbreviated ST-300) was a two-speed automatic transmission built by General Motors. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Vehicle brake. ... The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... Notchback is a form of automobile body that is characterized by a sharp vertical drop-off from roof to trunk, as opposed to hatchback or fastback. ...


The Jetstar I is distinguishable from the Starfire and Jetstar 88 in that the rear window on the Jetstar I is concave, rather than convex.


The year 1964 was the last for the Super 88 series, which was replaced by the new Delta 88 for 1965. It was also the last year for Olds to offer full-sized station wagons for several years as the division introduced a new Vista Cruiser wagon in mid-1964 that featured skylights and a raised roofline over the rear seat and cargo area and offered six- or nine-passenger seating with all seats facing forward. The Vista Cruiser was basically a stretched out version of the intermediate F-85/Cutlass wagons with a six-inch longer wheelbase, making it comparable in overall size to the full-sized Chevrolet Impala and Pontiac Catalina wagons, though not in power as the Vista Cruiser was powered by the same 330 cubic-inch Jetfire Rocket V8 found in the mid-sized models rather than the larger 394 V8 used in full-sized cars.


1965

1966 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88
1966 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88

The Delta name appeared for the first time in 1965 as an upscale trim line of the Dynamic 88, the Dynamic 88 Delta, replacing the previous top-series B-body Olds, the Super 88. Early '65s were referred to as Dynamic 88 Deltas, but within a few weeks after the start of the model year, Olds began marketing the line as a separate series known as the Delta 88. Other full-sized Oldsmobile model lines included the low-priced Jetstar 88, the best-selling Dynamic 88, sporty Jetstar I and the sporty and luxurious Starfire, all riding on a 123-inch (3,124 mm) wheelbase and based on the General Motors B-body shared with all full-sized Chevrolets and Pontiacs, as well as the Buick LeSabre and Wildcat. The luxurious Ninety-Eight used the larger C-body shared with the Buick Electra 225 and all Cadillac models. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1029x513, 110 KB) 1966 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Source: Photographed at the Bay State Antique Automobile Clubs July 10, 2005 show at the Endicott Estate in Dedham, MA by User:Sfoskett File links The following pages link to this file: Oldsmobile... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1029x513, 110 KB) 1966 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Source: Photographed at the Bay State Antique Automobile Clubs July 10, 2005 show at the Endicott Estate in Dedham, MA by User:Sfoskett File links The following pages link to this file: Oldsmobile... The Oldsmobile 98 (formerly Series 90 Custom Cruiser) was a full-size automobile sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors in the United States. ...


All 1965 Olds models featured all new styling and engineering. The B-body cars featured more rounded styling than previous years with Coke-bottle profiles and semi-fastback rooflines on Holiday (two-door hardtop) coupes - Jetstar I and Starfire coupes got a more rounded variation of the squared-off 1963-64 roofline with concave rear window shared by Pontiac's Grand Prix.


Also introduced this year was a new 425 cubic-inch Super Rocket V8 with horsepower ratings ranging from 300 to 370 depending on carburetion and compression ratio. The new three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission with torque converter replaced the original Hydra-Matic transmission used by Olds since its 1940 introduction. Also new to the option list for 1965 on all B-body cars was a four-speed manual transmission with Hurst floor shifter, which was a seldom-ordered offering. Turbo-Hydramatic is the registered tradename of an automatic transmission developed and produced by General Motors. ... Hydramatic (also known as Hydra-Matic) is an automatic transmission developed by General Motors Oldsmobile division in 1939/1940. ...


No station wagons were offered in the full-sized Olds lineup as the division now concentrated its cargo-carrying business on the stretched-intermediate Vista Cruiser wagons.


1966

Few styling changes other than revised grilles and tail sections marked the 1966 full-sized Oldsmobiles. The sporty Jetstar I series was dropped with a lower-priced Starfire only offered as a hardtop coupe taking its place. The Starfire's price and equipment level was now at the same level as the former Jetstar I series with a less plush interior thanks to the leather seats being replaced by Morroceen vinyl and the movement of power windows and seats from standard equipment to the option list. Also downgraded from standard to optional equipment were the Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission, power steering and power brakes. The same assortment of drivetrains were carried over from 1965.


All other series' 88 models were carried over from 1965 with a new convertible added to the Delta 88 line and the same bodystyle dropped from the Starfire and Jetstar 88 lines.


A new option for all Olds 88 (as well as Ninety-Eight and the new front-drive Toronado) models was GM's automatic Comfortron Air Conditioning system first introduced by Cadillac in 1964 that permitted the driver to automatically set a year-round temperature at a constant level. The basic Frigidaire air conditioning unit offered in previous years continued as before and becoming an increasingly popular option on full-sized Oldsmobiles. The Toronado was produced by the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors from 1966 to 1992. ...


Another new option for 1966 was a Tilt-and-Telescopic steering wheel that could be vertically adjusted to six different positions as well as telescoped outward from the instrument panel to improve driver comfort.


1967

The Delmont 88 was produced for just two years, 1967 and 1968. It replaced both the Jetstar 88 and Dynamic 88, featuring the 330 V8 in 1967 and the 350 V8 in 1968 as standard equipment. The 425 V8 was optional on the Delmont and standard on the Delta 88 and Ninety-Eight. The Delta 88 gained a new subseries called the Delta Custom which had a plusher interior than the standard Delta 88 featuring a Strato bench seat in the Holiday (4-door hardtop) sedan or, in the Holiday (2-door hardtop) coupe, a choice of either Strato bucket seats with console or Strato bench seat with armrest. The Delta Custom Holiday Coupe was essentially a successor to the former 88-based Oldsmobile Starfire series offered in previous years (1961-66) but with a standard Olds 88 semi-fastback roofline rather than the Starfire's squared off roof with concave rear window. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


New options for 1967 included front disc brakes and a Climate Combustion Control system for Rocket V8s designed to regulate carburetor air temperature, boost fuel economy, speed choke warm up and eliminate winter icing to permit easier starting and more efficient operation in cold weather.


More rounded styling cues marked all 1967 full-sized Oldsmobiles which received longer hoods and shorter decks and more sweeping fastback rooflines on 88 Holiday coupes to emulate the styling of Olds' front-wheel-drive flagship, the Toronado.


The same assortment of 330 and 425 cubic-inch V8 engines were carried over from 1966, as were most transmission offerings except the optional four-speed manual with Hurst shifter, which was discontinued due to low buyer interest.


Ted Kennedy drove a 1967 Delmont 88 off Dyke Bridge on Chappaquiddick island on July 18th, 1969


1968

New front end with split grille design that would become an Olds trademark in coming years highlighted all full-sized Oldsmobiles with horizontal lines on 88's and egg-crate patterns on Ninety-Eights. The Delmont 88 got a larger 350 cubic-inch V8 as standard equipment and the optional V8 that was standard on Delta 88/Custom and Ninety-Eight was jacked up to 455 cubic inches with a 390 horsepower (291 kW) W-33 option primarily designed as part of the division's police package available as an RPO on all 88's. Horsepower ratings of other Olds engines included 250 for the 350 two-barrel standard in the Delmont 88, 310 for the four-barrel 350 optional in the Delmont 88. A 455 two-barrel rated at 310 horsepower was standard on the Delta 88/Custom and optional on the Delmont 88. Optional on all 88s was a four-barrel 455 rated at 365 horsepower from the larger C-body Ninety-Eight. Both the 350 and 455 two-barrel Rocket V8 engines were designed to use regular gasoline while the optional 350 and 455 four-barrel carbureted "Ultra High Compression" Super Rocket V8s required premium fuel.


1969

The 1969 88 series dropped the Delmont name and replaced it with the Delta 88 with the Delta 88 Custom appearing as a full-line series. The Royale line appeared on a top-line Holiday coupe and came standard with a more luxurious interior featuring a notchback bench seat with armrest or Strato bucket seats with optional center console. The standard engine in the base Delta 88 was a 350 cubic-inch Rocket V8 with two-barrel carburetor that was rated at 250 horsepower (186 kW) and ran on regular gasoline. Standard on the Delta 88 Custom and Royale models and optional on the base series was a two-barrel version of the 455 cubic-inch Rocket V8 rated at 310 horsepower (231 kW) designed to use regular fuel. Standard on the Ninety-Eight and optional on all Delta 88s was the four-barrel Ultra High Compression 455 cubic-inch Super Rocket V8 rated at 365 horsepower (272 kW). Top option was the 390 horsepower (291 kW) version of the four-barrel 455 V8 available in all Delta 88 models as the W-33 option.


The two-speed Jetaway automatic that was previously offered as an option on the smaller engine 88 models was dropped completely in favor of the three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission previously only offered with the larger engines. Also a new GM-designed Variable-Ratio Power Steering system was introduced as an option on the Delta 88 and standard on Ninety-Eight.


All full-sized Oldsmobiles were completely restyled with more squared off bodylines and rooflines. Wheelbases were increased by one-inch to 124" on the Delta 88 and 127" on the Ninety-Eight.


1970

Only detail changes were made including a new split grille that no longer extended to surround the headlights and slightly revised rear section. Powertrain selections were carried over from 1969 with both 350 and 455 cubic-inch Rocket V8s now featuring "Positive Valve Rotators" for longer engine life and more efficient operation.


1971-76

All GM B-body full-size cars were enlarged for 1971 and now rode on a 124-inch (3,150 mm) wheelbase. It was available as a pillared four-door Town Sedan, two- and four-door Holiday hardtops and a convertible. Series models for 1971 included the base Delta 88, Delta 88 Custom and Delta 88 Royale, the latter inheriting the convertible body style previously offered on the base Delta 88.


Also new for 1971 was the Custom Cruiser station wagon, the first full-sized Olds wagon since 1964. It used the B-body of the Delta 88 on a longer (127 inch) wheelbase chassis that matched the larger and more luxurious C-body Ninety-Eight, but on its own loner chassis similar to other GM full-sized wagons with multi-leaf spring suspensions that differed entirely from the all-coil suspensions used in sedans and coupes. The Custom Cruiser came standard with the larger 455 Rocket V8 and utilized the disappearing clamshell tailgate of other big GM wagons.


Engine offerings again included 350 and 455 cubic-inch Rocket V8s ranging from 250 to 340 gross horsepower, all of which featured lowered compression ratios beginning in 1971 to enable use of lower octane regular leaded, low-lead or unleaded gasoline. Power front disc brakes were now standard equipment on all 88 models and beginning midway through the 1971 model year, Variable-Ratio power steering and Turbo Hydra-matic transmission were added to the standard equipment list.


For 1972, the Delta Custom series was dropped and the Royale series was expanded to include four-door Town and Holiday sedans. Advertised horsepower figures dropped to 175 for the base 350 two-barrel and 250 for the optional 455 four-barrel Rocket V8s thanks to an industry-wide switch in horsepower measurements from the previous gross method (as measured by a dynometer with no accessories attached) to the net method in which the power measurements were based upon an engine "as installed" in a vehicle with all emission controls and accessories hooked up.


For 1973, wider and lower spilt waterfall grilles flanked a new federally-mandated 5 mph (8 km/h) front bumper and larger one-piece rounded rectangular tailights replaced the four-segmented lights of 1972. Engine offerings included a standard 350 Rocket V8 with two-barrel carburetor (150 net horsepower) or optional 455 Rocket V8 with four-barrel carburetion and 215 horsepower (160 kW) with single exhaust or 250 horsepower (186 kW) with dual exhausts.


In 1974, a 5 mph (8 km/h) rear bumper was added and tailights reverted back to a four segment design similar to 1972 and the front grilles were narrowed and raised to hood level similar to 1971-72 models. Also, new rooflines were featured on Holiday hardtop coupes with fixed triangular side windows replacing roll-down windows of previous years. As Oldsmobile completely discontinued two-barrel carbureted engines this year, a new 350 four-barrel Rocket V8 (175 horsepower) became standard equipment with the 455 available as an option. Other highlights this year included an all-new flat instrument panel shared with Ninety-Eight and Toronado models with horizontal sweep speedometer and "Message Center" system of warning lights replacing the wrap-around dash of previous years. A new and seldom-ordered option available on all full-sized Olds models and Toronados was a driver's side airbag - among the first to be offered in a production automobile.


Detail changes for 1975 included revised grilles and tailights along with new rear quarter windows for pillared and Holiday sedans - the latter's design similar to an opera window. The same assortment of 350 and 455 cubic-inch Rocket V8s were still offered, but now hooked up to a catalytic converter that not only mandated the use of unleaded gasoline but also spelled the end of dual exhaust systems. 1975 was the final year for the Delta 88 Royale convertible, the last of which was built on June 11. Just under 7200 Delta 88 Royale convertibles were built in 1975 as Oldsmobile made a concerted effort to target the convertible buyer market at the time. The headline on a print ad for a 1975 Olds Delta 88 Royale convertible stated, "Today a beautiful Olds convertible. Tommorow, a collector's item". The featured car in the ad was a pretty sharp looking Delta 88 Royale rag top, with the top down and looking good in red !


For 1976, the final year of this generation, the car received rectangular headlamps, with the parking lamps directly below instead of in the bumper. It was also the final year for the Holiday hardtop coupes and sedans, along with the 455 Rocket V8 and the optional airbag system that would generally become universal on production cars and trucks some 15 years later.


1977-85

1981 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale sedan
Production 1977–1985
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
4-door sedan
Layout FR layout
Platform B-body
Engine(s) 231 in³ Buick V6
307 in³ Oldsmobile V8
350 in³ Oldsmobile V8
350 in³ Oldsmobile diesel V8
403 in³ Oldsmobile V8
Transmission(s) 3-speed TH350 automatic
3-speed TH200 automatic
4-speed THM 200-4R automatic
Wheelbase 116.0 in
Length 217.5 in (1977-79)
218.1 in (1980-85)
Fuel capacity 21 gal. (1977-80)
25 gal. (1981-85)
Related Buick LeSabre
Chevrolet Caprice
Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser
Pontiac Bonneville
1983 Delta 88 coupe
1983 Delta 88 coupe

There were now two body styles of the 88 on the GM B platform - the town sedan and the coupe - both pillared bodystyles. The 1977-1979 Custom Cruiser wagon was a Chevrolet Caprice clone. Image File history File links 81delta88. ... Cars can come in a large variety of different body styles. ... 1995 Buick Riviera coupe A coupé (from the French for cut) or coupe is a two or four-seater car with a fixed roof and two doors. ... A notchback full-size luxury sedan. ... In automobile design layout is the place where both the engine and driven wheels are. ... Sketch of FR layout In automobile design, an FR, or front-engine, rear wheel drive means a layout where the engine is in the front of the vehicle and drive wheels at the rear. ... An automobile platform is a shared set of components common to a number of different automobiles. ... The B platform, or B-body, was General Motors full-size rear wheel drive automobile platform. ... The Buick V6 engine family, initially marketed as the Fireball at its introduction in 1962, is a large V6 engine used by General Motors. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Gearbox” redirects here. ... Turbo-Hydramatic is the registered tradename of an automatic transmission developed and produced by General Motors. ... Turbo-Hydramatic is the registered tradename of an automatic transmission developed and produced by General Motors. ... Turbo-Hydramatic is the registered tradename of an automatic transmission developed and produced by General Motors. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Buick LeSabre was a full-size car made by the Buick division of General Motors from 1959-2005. ... The Chevrolet Caprice (later called Caprice Classic) was a series name of automobile produced by Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, in the United States from the 1965 through 1996 model years. ... Oldsmobile used the Custom Cruiser name on their large rear-wheel drive station wagons from 1971 to 1992. ... The Pontiac Bonneville is an automobile built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1958 to 2005. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 369 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,760 × 1,272 pixels, file size: 302 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 369 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,760 × 1,272 pixels, file size: 302 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... The B platform, or B-body, was General Motors full-size rear wheel drive automobile platform. ... Oldsmobile used the Custom Cruiser name on their large rear-wheel drive station wagons from 1971 to 1992. ... The Chevrolet Caprice (later called Caprice Classic) was a series name of automobile produced by Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, in the United States from the 1965 through 1996 model years. ...


The Royale name was removed from the trunk to become a simple interior trim option, the Royale Brougham in 1979. The next year, this became the high-line model of the 88, a position it occupied through 1983.


During these years, fuel economy mandates resulted in the use of smaller engines than before. Beginning in 1977, the standard engine was now a Buick 231 cubic-inch V6 with optional engines including Oldsmobile-built 260, 350 and 403 cubic-inch Rocket V8s through 1979. A few '77 Delta 88s, however, slipped off the assembly lines with "Chevrolet"-built 350 cubic-inch V8s, leading many angry customers to file lawsuits against General Motors alleging "fraud" because they had bought (and paid a higher price - compared to a similar Chevrolet) for Oldsmobiles on the premise they would be powered by Rocket V8s.


This situation was well publicized as the "Chevymobile Affair" and GM ultimately settled with affected Oldsmobile owners by offering "extended" warranties for the "Chevy-powered" Oldsmobiles, or the option of returning those cars in exchange for a "real" Olds with a Rocket V8 - however, the latter option was not often exercised due to the fact the owner had to pay GM back money based on the number of miles his or her "Chevymobile" was driven, which could become a very expensive proposition.


By 1980, the "Rocket" terminology was removed from Olds V8s although the basic engine design would continue through 1990 and advertisements for Oldsmobiles (and other GM divisions' cars and trucks) would include the disclaimer that "Oldsmobiles (or other divisions') are equipped with engines manufactured by various GM divisions, subsidaries and worldwide affiliates."


From 1978 through 1981, a Holiday 88 coupe was offered, featuring Strato bucket seats along with console and floor shifter, along with Super Stock wheels and two-tone paint schemes.


The 1981 model was the first to include the Computer Command Carburetor in all 50 states. This system was the forerunner, and surprisingly similar to today's OBDII which is standard on all cars sold in the United States. The system read various parameters such as vehicle speed, throttle position, engine speed, engine temperature, and the oxygen content of the exhaust to provide the correct air/fuel mixture for any given driving condition. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


Additionally, 1981 marked the discontinuation of the Oldsmobile "Rocket" 350 gasoline engine. The only V8 gasoline engine available for 1981 and later years was the Olds 307. The 350 remained available in diesel form, however. Also new for 1981 was the Turbo-Hydramatic 200-4R transmission, which added an overdrive gear to contribute to fuel economy and engine longevity. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Turbo-Hydramatic is the registered tradename of an automatic transmission developed and produced by General Motors. ...


For 1984, all Delta 88s were now Royale models. A new LS package denoted the top-end model.


The new front-wheel drive 98 debuted with a major redesign in 1985, and the new Delta 88 Royale Brougham LS model of the 88 took its place as Oldsmobile's most luxurious rear-wheel drive car. Front-wheel drive is the most common form of engine/transmission layout used in modern passenger cars, where the engine drives the front wheels. ... The Oldsmobile 98 (formerly Series 90 Custom Cruiser) was a full-size automobile sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors in the United States. ... Rear-wheel drive (or RWD for short) is an engine/transmission layout used in automobiles. ...


1986

1986-1989 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale
1986-1989 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale
1990-1991 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Royale
1990-1991 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Royale

For 1986, the Delta 88 switched platforms from the GM B platform to the relatively smaller front-wheel drive GM H platform, with a wheelbase of only 110.8 inches (2,814 mm). The headlights changed from square sealed beam quads to integrated regular/high beam composite lamps in 1987. In 1989, the prefix "Delta" was dropped, as was the hood ornament, leaving the model to simply become the "Eighty-Eight". The Eighty-Eight was given a mild facelift in 1990 before being redesigned again in 1992. Image File history File linksMetadata 86to89delta88. ... Image File history File linksMetadata 86to89delta88. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 356 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,608 × 716 pixels, file size: 105 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 356 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,608 × 716 pixels, file size: 105 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... The B platform, or B-body, was General Motors full-size rear wheel drive automobile platform. ... Front-wheel drive is the most common form of engine/transmission layout used in modern passenger cars, where the engine drives the front wheels. ... See also: GM H platform (RWD) The H platform, or H-body, name has been used twice by General Motors. ...


Its model range during this time was the standard 88, the 88 Royale, and the 88 Royale Brougham, in upscale order.


Engines:

  • 1986-1988.5 - 3.8L LG3 (231 in³) V6
  • 1988.5-1991 - 3.8L 3800 Series I (231 in³) V6

Transmission: The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ...

  • 1986-1988.5 - 440-T4 4-speed automatic overdrive
  • 1988.5-1991 - 4T60 4-speed Automatic overdrive

Voice Diagnostic System

This generation of Delta 88s had a voice diagnostic system that alerted the driver of problems. The voice was male and computer synthesized.


In the event of a warning, the door chime played three times rapidly and then played the voice alert. This happened twice in case the driver missed the warning the first time. Every alert also had corresponding light on the instrument cluster.


Warnings included:

  • "The engine coolant level is low!"
  • "The engine is overheating! Please stop the engine and consult the owner's manual!"
  • "The park brake is not fully released!"
  • "The key is in the ignition!" (Upon opening the door with the key inserted into the ignition.)
  • "The headlights are on!" (Upon turning off the car with the headlights on.)

1992

1992-1995 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight
1992-1995 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight
1996-1999 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight
1996-1999 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight

The Oldsmobile Eighty Eight was redesigned for 1992 to follow up with the redesign of the Oldsmobile Ninety Eight. This would prove to be the last Eighty Eight or 88 model from Oldsmobile when it was replaced by the base V6 version of the Oldsmobile Aurora for 2001. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 425 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,132 × 1,132 pixels, file size: 165 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 425 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,132 × 1,132 pixels, file size: 165 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1089x603, 80 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Oldsmobile 88 Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1089x603, 80 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Oldsmobile 88 Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ... The Oldsmobile Aurora was a luxury car made by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors and launched in 1995. ...


It was available as four different models:

  • 1992–1999 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight: A mainstream fullsize sedan
  • 1992–1995 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Royale and Eighty-Eight Royale LS
  • 1996–1999 Eighty-Eight LS: Replaced the Royale and Royale LS lineup.
  • 1996–1999 Oldsmobile LSS: A "sports sedan" targeted to male European car buyers, available with a supercharged V6 and a floor mounted gear shifter. It is important to note, however, early LSS models (1995) were rarely equipped with the 3800 Supercharged engine.
  • 1997–1998 Oldsmobile Regency: A luxury model that also replaced the Ninety-Eight

All four vehicles used the same 110.8 in wheelbase and shared an updated version of the GM H platform. The suspension tuning, interior appointments, and certain exterior trim was used to differentiate the three models. The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ... The Oldsmobile 98 (formerly Series 90 Custom Cruiser) was a full-size automobile sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors in the United States. ... The H platform, or H-body, name has been used twice by General Motors. ...


Engine:

  • 1992–1999 3.8 L (231 in³) V6

From 1992–1999, the Eighty Eights were produced in Lake Orion, Michigan. The last Oldsmobile LSS was produced on September 23, 1998. The last Oldsmobile Eighty Eight 50th Anniversary Edition was manufactured on January 6, 1999. The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ... is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


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The Oldsmobile 88 was a full-size car sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors and produced from 1949 until 1999.
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Q: My 1994 Delta 88 Royal won't change gears.
For a while it was changing just fine but occasionally it would jerk and cutout, then it stopped doing that.
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