Original Owner: 1983 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Brougham 31K Survivor – Sold?

by | Apr 2021 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

May 7, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

While we come across a fair amount of “one owner” cars actually for sale by the second caretaker, rare is the low mileage survivor offered by the actual original owner.  Our latest example is this 1983 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Brougham reported to have only 31,437 original miles originally listed in April 2021 on Craigslist in Watertown, New York with an asking price of $15,000. Hagerty Insurance currently does not provide values for this vintage of Olds 98s, so our sole pricing benchmark is the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms the original owner’s asking price is $4,400, or 42%, higher than this guide’s #1 “Excellent” estimate of only $10,600.  Only the next caretaker can decide whether the low mileage originality is worth the price premium currently requested, so far now we will keep an eye out to see whether the original owner ends up lowering their asking price.

The Ninety-Eight served as Oldsmobile’s flagship model spanning twelve generations from 1941 through 1996, the first ten of which were classic, rear-wheel-drive, body-on-frame, land yachts.  The tenth “downsized” generation launched for the 1977 model year set a new sales record of 139,423. The Ninety-Eight was restyled for 1980, along with the Delta 88. That year, it gained a new 307 cu in (5.0 L) V8 as an option. The 403 was dropped completely. The 1980 models received new exterior sheet metal, without drastically changing the look of the car. To improve aerodynamics and fuel economy the hood was sloped downward, while the trunk area was higher. This also gave all models a heavier, more substantial appearance, while even slightly increasing interior and trunk space.

Olsmobile added a new Regency Brougham model for 1982 and was available for the sedan model only. This car featured plush “Prima” velour seats with embroidered emblems, cut pile carpeting, and electroluminescent opera lamps on the B-pillars. Wire wheel discs were also standard as well as Tungsten halogen headlamps, cornering lamps, a full padded vinyl roof, and a tilt steering wheel.  The 1983 models received a new grille but were otherwise unchanged. The federal 5 mph impact standard was rolled back for 1984, prompting GM to make major changes to the bumpers to save weight; predictably, this drastically reduced their effectiveness.


The MotorWeek YouTube Channel has this 1982 Retro Review of a diesel-powered 1982 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Brougham posted. While this review focuses on a diesel-powered version, it gives you a sense of the size of the car as well as the passenger and truck space:

We never cease to be amazed by the low-mileage, Malaise-Era time capsules the fastidious original owners decide to sell as they likely become too old to care for and drive the way they have for so many years. This 98 is very likely the best surviving example of a 1983 Ninety-Eight still in existence. If you have room for only one classic car in your garage and prefer to drive to various destinations as well as show your ride, then this may be the car for you provided your garage can house the 18.5-foot overall length.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1983 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Brougham with 31,437 original miles. Original Owner. Garage Kept. Immaculate Condition.

Show or go: what would you do with this Oldsmobile time capsule?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. Anonymous

    I like to see a full list of 98 oldmobil.from.80 to 84 models.4 doors


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