1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Convertible

From an era gone by, where bigger was better.

Royale emblem

In 1974 Oldsmobile decided to give the Delta 88 a full boxed frame, which was a major win for convertible models. As with most convertibles, not having a fixed roof meant having a less rigid car. The Delta 88 in 1974 was so long, that it had trouble fitting in some home garages. The length of this car was a heaping 226.9″ which was about 19′ long. The width was 79.8″ which is a little over 6.5′ wide. Although these dimensions seem a bit exaggerated, it is exactly what people of that era wanted.

This particular Delta 88 was ordered with the optional 455 ci engine, with the also optional 4 barrel carburetor. It was obvious that the person that ordered this car originally wanted the luxury of the big car convertible as well as performance. The car was also ordered with dual exhaust and if this wasn’t enough of a rarity, it was also ordered with posi-traction and rear sway bar.

In 1974, there were a total of 3716 convertibles produced. Out of that number, even fewer were Royales, and even fewer with factory posi-traction and rear sway bar. If it sounds like I’m making a big deal about this, I am, and for a good reason. Back in the day, it was actually rare for even some G.M. sports cars to be equipped that way, so it was extremely rare to see this car optioned this way.

As with many collectibles, things that didn’t seem that big of a deal back in the day, becomes a big deal in the future. This is when it comes to production numbers and rare options. Whoever ordered this car, more than likely had no idea how rare it would be someday. Luckily they had the sense to order it fully optioned.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking. As the Burgundy with white seats and black carpet is a stunning combination, this is by far the most attention getter I have ever driven. On sunny days or even late night weekend cruise, this car had peoples head turning. Stopping at a traffic light usually meant answering questions about the car. One of the most mint examples on the planet.

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Emblem

Delta 88 Royale Emblem

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Caution Label

Caution Label

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Tail End

Tail End

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Lights

Lights

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Model Logo

Oldsmobile Model Logo

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Bumper

Bumper

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Drivers Interior

Drivers Interior

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Driver's Side Back Quarter

Driver’s Side Back Quarter

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Driver's Side Mirror

Driver’s Side Mirror

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Driver's Front End

Driver’s Front End

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Driver's Side Dashboard

Driver’s Side Dashboard

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Passenger Side

Passenger Side

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Overhead Top Down

Overhead Top Down

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Driver's Side Rear Brake Lights

Driver’s Side Rear Brake Lights

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Engine Compartment Label

Engine Compartment Label

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Gas Tank

Gas tank

 1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Passenger Side Dash

Passenger Side Dash

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Spare Tire

Spare Tire

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Tire Jack

Tire Jack

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Top Down Overhead

Top Down Overhead

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Driver's Side Specs decal

Driver’s Side Specs decal

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Engine

Engine

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Engine View 2

Engine View 2

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale On Dash Controls

On Dash Controls

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Under Carriage

Under Carriage

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Trunk area

Trunk area

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Seating area

Seating area

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Driver's Door Panel

Driver’s Door Panel

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Door Corners

Door Corners

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Trunk Emblem

Trunk Emblem

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Rear Door Closed

Rear Door Closed

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Undercarriage View 2

Undercarriage View 2

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Undercarriage View 3

Undercarriage View 3

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Engine Carborator

Engine Carborator

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Rims

Rims

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Undercarriage View 4

Undercarriage View 4

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Manufacture's Label

Manufacture’s Label

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Trunk Decal

Trunk Decal

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Back Seat

Back Seat

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Front Brakes

Front Brakes

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Top Down Front View

Top Down Front View

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Rear Angle

Rear Angle

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Front Quarter Panel

Front Quarter Panel

1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Rear Window Seam

Rear Window Seam