1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Convertible
From an era gone by, where bigger was better.
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.