Smoothie-Shod: 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Convertible – Sold!
Black-over red convertibles such as this 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 example posted on Craigslist in Webster, New York (Rochester) make a compelling alternative to the more common red-over-white variety. The third caretaker of this Olds currently has it listed for $10,500 and a check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms he has his 88 Royale priced $1,100 below the current #3 “Good” estimate of $11,600.
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 which 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 optional and very desirable 455 cubic inch Rocket V8 topped with a four-barrel carburetor producing 225 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. Like all early seventies GM B-Body convertibles, this Delta 88 features a unique “scissor-top” frame that folds inward rather than on top of itself. This unique design allowed the use of the same width seat as the similar hardtop models.
If you have any doubt just how tough these early 1970s Oldsmobiles were, be sure to watch this one-minute commercial where a hardtop is put through its paces on a construction site.
We’re guessing that while his Delta 88 is rust-free, it received the benefit of a more modern paint job in its recent past, so you’ll want to confirm that with him. The full chrome “smoothie” style wheels would not be our first choice for an aftermarket wheel, but on this car, they seem to work very well. This appears to be a well-optioned, full-size land yacht you and five friends can enjoy cruising in once social distancing falls out of favor. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“car runs perfect and needs nothing! I’m the 3rd owner and only drive during summers. car has always been well cared for and original owner detailed every thing. I have a case of books, manuals, service records, etc . car even has original dealer bill of sale, dealer license plate frame, and keychainrare 455 motor for this car .paint shines bright with no rust. same with chrome . frame is perfect along with floor pans, trunk, etc . no rust interior great condition. ac, heat, radio , power windows, locks , top everything works as it should . only thing not working is factory clock .let me know if you have any questions.thanks for looking
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