Oldsmobile launched the seventh generation of its popular full-size Delta 88 as it’s version of GM ‘s restyled and enlarged B-body full-size cars for 1971 that continued to ride on a 124-inch wheelbase. For 1973, wider and lower split waterfall grilles flanked a new federally mandated 5 mph front bumper on all Delta 88 models and larger one-piece rounded rectangular taillights replaced the four-segmented lights of 1972. Powering this example is the standard 350 cubic inch Rocket V8 topped with a two-barrel carburetor that produced 150 SAE net horsepower. In 1973, the Delta 88 Royale became the sole convertible offering as the new-for-1973 Cutlass Supreme line switched to GM’s new Colonade style hardtop.
The second owner of this beautiful red over white example reports that its a two-owner car with 105,000 miles and that recent work includes the installation new shocks, a battery, tune-up, heater core and blower motor.
White interiors require almost daily maintenance to retain their like-new appearance and we’re impressed with how well this example has stood the test of time. The early seventies GM convertibles such as this car featured a unique scissors style top frame that folded inward. This resulted in a flatter folding top and as the picture details below, a full width back seat capable of seating three adults comfortably.
This well-optioned car comes equipped with power seats, windows, and locks. Additionally, the under-hood module on the driver’s side inner fender confirms this car also has vacuum-controlled cruise control. The owner states that while his Delta 88 came equipped with factory air conditioning, the system needs a new compressor.
We agree with the second owner this his full-size convertible is great for cruise nights and parades and the next caretaker will enjoy the big interior and smooth ride of this land yacht that will likely never be repeated. Good luck with the purchase!