Open Air Enjoyment: 1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Convertible – $12,500

Jun 2020 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

While any convertible is a pleasant experience on a nice top-down-wether day, there is something unique about enjoying the experience in full-size land yacht such as this Reef Turquoise over white vinyl 1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 convertible the second owner is now offering for $12,500 here on Craigslist in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.  Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Royale priced $500 above the current #3 “Good” estimate of $12,000.  If you are serious about buying this C10, you can start the conversation either texting the seller at (413) 455-4256 or calling and leaving a message.  When you do please remember to mention you saw his Delta 88 featured here on

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.  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.

In 1974, Oldsmobile added a five mph rear bumper.  Taillights reverted to a four-segment design similar to 1972 while the front grilles were narrowed and raised to hood level also similar to 1971–72 models.  Oldsmobile completely discontinued two-barrel carbureted engines for 1974, so a new 175 net horsepower 350 cubic inch four-barrel Rocket V8 became standard equipment with the 455 cubic inch V8 remained available as an option. Other highlights this year included an all-new flat instrument panel shared with Ninety-Eight and Toronado models with horizontal sweep speedometer and “Message Center” system of warning lights replacing the wrap-around dash of previous years. A new and seldom-ordered option available on all full-sized Olds models and Toronados were driver’s and passenger’s-side airbags – among the first to be offered in a production automobile.

The second owner of this pretty Delta 88 does not provide much detail in his description other than mentioning his car features a new top and a set of fresh tires.  The two pictures of the like new trunk combined with the shiny paint and straight body have us hoping this is a nice original condition car only seeing summer duty throughout its life, however you’ll need to confirm that with the seller.  Please comment below on what you learn if you decide to look at this car and Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“2nd owner of this comfortable 6 passenger cruiser. New tires and top.
Nice reef turquoise color paint. Great value car. Can be viewed daily right on Route 9. If serious Call And Leave message or text 413 four55 four256.

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