The Oldsmobile 98 (a Series 90 with an 8-cylinder engine, hence the Ninety-Eight) was the mighty flagship model of the Oldsmobile company, which dates back to the dawn of the motoring era. The Ninety-Eight was, and would remain, the top-of-the-line model.
As the most prestigious model, the series had naturally the most technologically advanced items available, such as the Hydramatic automatic transmission, the Autronic Eye, an automatic headlight dipper, and Twilight Sentinel, a feature which automatically turned the headlights on and off via a timer, and the most opulent interior.
Oldsmobile built its biggest full-size car in 1971 although the wheelbase was unchanged from 1970. The 98s were the roomiest Oldsmobiles ever built thanks to the new GM full-size bodies which set a record for interior width that would not be matched by any car until the mid-1990s.
In 1973 the 98 series was still at the top end of the Oldsmobile line. The 75th anniversary Regency 4-door hardtop continued, following its successful mid-1972 introduction. Standard equipment included: Deluxe armrests, power brakes with front discs, carpeting, inside hood release, windscreen radio aerial, power steering, and even the brochure proudly announced, a deluxe steering wheel, Turbo-Hydromantic transmission and wheel spats.
This splendid piece of 70s Americana is finished in Black the charmingly period accessory of Wine Ref vinyl roof, with contrasting luxury part leather red interior. This is is a very handsome car, and the odometer is showing 60,673 miles, though this plainly is not warranted, but the car will be a good value introduction to prospective collectors of Americana.