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Encyclopedia > Oldsmobile Delta 88
A 1950s Olds Rocket 88, still running in 2003
A 1950s Olds Rocket 88, still running in 2003

The Oldsmobile 88 was a fullsize car from General Motors produced from 1949 until 1999. Although it was never the marque's top-seller, the 88 was an image leader for the company from its introduction. an Oldsmobile Rocket 88, still running in August, 2003, in downtown New Orleans. ... an Oldsmobile Rocket 88, still running in August, 2003, in downtown New Orleans. ... Oldsmobile (or Olds) was a brand of automobile produced in the United States from 1897 to 2004. ... 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. ... General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is a United States-based automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Daewoo, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab, and Vauxhall. ... 1949 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... A marque (French for brand and pronounced as mark) is a brand name, most commonly used for automobile brands. ...


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. ... Flint, Michigan is a city in Genesee County along the Flint River about 60 miles northwest of Detroit. ... Lake Orion is a village located in Oakland County, 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 body and large, powerful engine made it a precursor to the muscle car. Oldsmobile (or Olds) was a brand of automobile produced in the United States from 1897 to 2004. ... 1949 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... 1955 Oldsmobile 98 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 Oldsmobile Rocket V8 was the first post-war OHV V8 at General Motors. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration :See also V8 (beverage) A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... The Pontiac GTO started the muscle car trend. ...


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. Millennia: 1st millennium - 2nd millennium - 3rd millennium Events and trends Technology United States tests the first fusion bomb. ... Rocket 88, a rhythm and blues song from 1951 claimed by Sun Records owner and pioneer rock and roll record producer Sam Phillips as the first rock and roll song. The record was credited to Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, but the band did not actually exist. ... There are many candidates for the title of the first Rock and Roll record. ...


1951

The new Super 88 model was introduced in 1951 and produced until 1964. 1951 was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


1958

1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic Rocket 88 Pillarless Coupé

The Dynamic 88 debuted in 1958 and lasted through 1966 positioned just below (and very close to) the Super 88. 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. ... 1958 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ...


1961

A smaller Jetstar 88 shared the midsize car platform with the Oldsmobile Cutlass in the 1960s. The 1961 Jetstar 1 shared a notchback body style from the Starfire but was included less standard equipment. The Jetstar used the smaller 330 V8 and Jetway transmission. 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. ... Events and trends The 1960s was a turbulent decade of change around the world. ... 1961 (As MAD Magazine pointed out on its first cover for the year) was the first upside-down year—i. ... Notchback (also called a liftback) is a form of automobile body between fastback and sedan. ... The Oldsmobile Rocket V8 was the first post-war OHV V8 at General Motors. ...


1964

1964 saw the introduction of the Jetstar 88. This model was produced for just two years. 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


1965

The Delta name appeared for the first time in 1965 as an upscale trim line of the Dynamic 88, the Dynamic 88 Delta. 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


1967

The Delmont 88 was produced for just two years, 1967 and 1968. It replaced the Dynamic 88 and featured the 330 V8 in 1967 and the 350 V8 in 1968. The 425 V8 was optional on the Delmont. 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... The Oldsmobile Rocket V8 was the first post-war OHV V8 at General Motors. ... The Oldsmobile Rocket V8 was the first post-war OHV V8 at General Motors. ... The Oldsmobile Rocket V8 was the first post-war OHV V8 at General Motors. ...


The Delta package became Delta Custom.


1969

The 1969 88 series dropped the Delmont and replaced it with the Delta 88. The Royale line appeared. 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...


1977

1982 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Coupé

There were now two body styles of 88 on the GM B platform - the town sedan and coupe. The 1977-1979 Custom Cruiser wagon was a Chevrolet clone. Download high resolution version (1280x960, 287 KB)Taken in October of 2003 by myself. ... Download high resolution version (1280x960, 287 KB)Taken in October of 2003 by myself. ... The B platform, or B-body, was General Motors full-size rear wheel drive automobile platform. ...


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. 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. ... 1983 is an integer and composite number that represents a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


From 1978 through 1981, a Holiday 88 model featured a floor-mounted shifter and console between the front seats of a Delta 88 coupe.


The new front wheel drive 98 debuted with a major redesign in 1984, 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 automobiles, where the engine drives the front wheels. ... 1955 Oldsmobile 98 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. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rear wheel drive was a common form of engine/transmission layout used in automobiles throughout the 20th century. ...


1986

For 1986, the Delta 88 switched platforms from the GM B platform to a much smaller GM H platform, with only 110.8 in wheelbase. In 1989, "Delta" was dropped, leaving the model to become simply the "Eighty-Eight". The Eighty-Eight was redesigned again in 1992. 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The B platform, or B-body, was General Motors full-size rear wheel drive automobile platform. ... The H platform, or H-body, name has been used twice by General Motors. ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Engine:

  • 1986-1991 3.8 L (231 in³) V6

The Ford Essex V6 engine A V6 is an internal combustion piston engine with six cylinders in a V configuration. ...

1992

The Oldsmobile Eighty Eight was redesigned for 1992. This would prove to be the last Eighty Eight or 88 model from Oldsmobile when it was replaced by the Aurora in 2000. 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 Oldsmobile Aurora 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora The Oldsmobile Aurora was launched in 1995. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


It was available as four different models:

  • 1992-1999 Oldsmobile 88 - A mainstream American sedan
  • 1992-1996 Oldsmobile 88 Royale - A special trim model, replaced by the Regency
  • 1996-1999 Oldsmobile LSS - A "sports sedan" targeted to male European car buyers
  • 1997-1998 Oldsmobile Regency - A luxury model that replaced the Royale, and the 98

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. 1955 Oldsmobile 98 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 A V6 is an internal combustion piston engine with six cylinders in a V configuration. ... Lake Orion is a village located in Oakland County, Michigan. ... September 23 is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years). ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


The Oldsmobile marque itself has since been retired by General Motors, after several false starts, in 2004. General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is a United States-based automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Daewoo, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab, and Vauxhall. ...


External links

  • '96 Sedan review (http://www.nctd.com/review-intro.cfm?ReviewID=264)

  Results from FactBites:
 
Oldsmobile 88 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1955 words)
The Oldsmobile 88 was a full-size car sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors and produced from 1949 until 1999.
Early '65's 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.
The 425 V8 was optional on the Delmont and standard on the Delta 88 and Ninety-Eight.
Oldsmobile Delta 88 information, specifications, history, and images. (1567 words)
Introduced in 1949, the full-size Oldsmobile 88 was produced until 1999 and became the top-selling line for twenty-four years.
Oldsmobiles most luxurious rear-wheel drive vehicle was the new Delta 88 Royale Broughan LS model of the 88, released after a major redesign in 1985.
The Delta 88 switched from the GM B platform to the GM H platform in 1986.
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