By on December 2, 2013

14 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinI’ve done quite a few Olds 98 Junkyard Finds, but they’ve all been from the 1975-1995 era. Here’s a big Ninety-Eight from an earlier time.


The ultimate in limousine comfort!
17 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinThis Olds was sold in Denver. If this Denver yard can hold off on feeding it to The Crusher for a few more weeks, this car will die in Denver— an even half-century after its first trip out of the showroom.
20 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinBefore that happens, though, I hope some more pieces get pulled. This climate-control panel looks serviceable.
16 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee Martin1963-64 Olds 98 taillight lenses must be hard to find today.
07 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinThe 394-cubic-inch Sky Rocket V8 made 325 generously defined gross horsepower and was the biggest of the original Olds Rocket V8s.
01 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinSomeone pulled the bench seat but then decided not to buy it.
02 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinCheck out the handy storage pockets and grab handles on the rear of the bench seat.
22 - 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Down on the Junkyard - Picture Courtesy of Murilee MartinI might have to go back and get this Luxury Sedan door pull, for a carrying handle on the next junkyard boombox I build.

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35 Comments on “Junkyard Find: 1964 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Luxury Sedan...”


  • avatar
    craiger

    This makes me sad. I didn’t know that the 98 model went back that far, but it looks like it was a really nice car.

    • 0 avatar
      Tomifobia

      All the way back to 1941, as a matter of fact.

    • 0 avatar

      My maternal grandfather drove Oldsmobiles and had a white 1961 four door 98.

      • 0 avatar
        CobraJet

        My grandmother had a white Delta 88 2dr hardtop. I drove it starting when I was 16 while staying with my grandparents in the summer. The dash looks very familiar along with the gas and brake pedal. I remember the power brakes being very touchy and would throw you forward if not careful. The power steering was also very numb. It didn’t drive nearly as well as my parent’s 64 Impala that had neither power steering nor power brakes. The Impala’s 327 seemed to have more power than the Olds low compreshion 394.

  • avatar
    I've got a Jaaaaag

    The self service yard I frequent in Atlanta leaves older vehicles like this on the lot until they are picked clean, sometimes for over a year. That is how I got my 1953 Buick Roadmaster grill I have hanging on my office wall.

    Oh and since it is a 98 rather than an 88 I can’t make a Cracker fake Cadillac reference.

  • avatar
    gottacook

    That’s funny, “Luxury Sedan” written out like that. Imagine a sports car with “Sports Car” labels on each door. (Later Ninety-Eights used simply LS, I think, as a trim level.)

  • avatar
    BigOlds

    I just feel compelled to post, given my handle. Mine’s a 67 convertible 98, but I have always loved the big Olds (Oldses?) and Buicks. They exhibit a grace that I find irresistible. In the case of the Olds, for many years their big cars had a planar design- like the Ford Skyliner- where the car just looks flat. I love that.

    To your comment on the lights, I know that they are easy (& expensive) for my 67, as it was a common model. The convertible-specific parts get tough to find.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    This is screaming for Crabspirits, I can’t do it justice.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    This pre-dates the tackiness of the seventies American cars, so I’m all for it.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Things to do in Denver when you’re dead.

    It’s buckwheats for this car.

    Buckwheats.

  • avatar
    Roberto Esponja

    Oh, man, this one just plain gets me angry. What a waste of a fine, restorable car. This is wrong…

  • avatar
    Bluliner

    “I might have to go back and get this Luxury Sedan door pull, for a carrying handle on the next junkyard boombox I build.”

    Those would make pretty bad ass drawer or cabinet handles as well.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    When an Oldsmobile was a by god Oldsmobile. Resquat in pace, Oldsmobile, resquat in pace.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    My granddad had the same care without air and roll down windows in silver with a gray cloth interior. Very nice riding car. This is a nice car and it is a shame to see it go to the crusher. If it were a convertible it would be restored. I wonder if this was an older person’s car who passed which no one wanted so it was junked. Not much demand for 4 door cars.

  • avatar

    Buddy of mine had a ’64 or so Starfire in high school. Black with red interior and big wide brushed aluminum trim down the sides and a huge chunk of finned metal on each door. Had the same 394 engine as the one in that article, with dual exhaust and glasspacks. It wasn’t real fast; the transmission was a weird 2-speed deal that wasn’t exactly a Powerglide and he never got it working quite right, but man that thing sounded BADASS.

  • avatar
    SixDucks

    That’s a 6 window sedan, longer wheelbase then the 4 dr. hardtop. I believe it is somewhat rare. Probably has the Roto-Hydramatic transmission, an interesting concept that used a couple of fluid couplings in lieu of a torque convetor. As the above post states, it had a 2 speed planetary set but by using 2 fluid couplings (one high stall, one low) it gave the sensation of being a 4 speed. When it worked…..

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    An uncle of mine every few years from the late-40′s on would buy a new 98. One of them was a 64 just like this one but in light blue. As a kid I would ride in the back and be quite impressed with the chrome grab handles. The 68 he bought a few years later also in light blue also had them. To a young car geek like myself they symbolized quality and class, especially when the family ride was a 62 Impala with a pull strap across the back bench or a few more basic Darts and Valiants with school bus like back seats. He also owned a 1976 98 4dr in silver with a bordello red velour interior and grey vinyl roof. While decent and comfy, the ride was a bit more barge like than the previous models and had body integrity issues, typical of the era of GM Collonnade styling. Bad trim which rotted around the rear windows and vinyl roof moulding along with subpar paint that he had a body shop repair. Previous generations had far better body integrity. In the late 80′s he moved upmarket to a Cadillac. An 88 Sedan DeVille he bought also in silver with the bordello red velour interior. For some reason the downsized C-Body 98 did not appeal to him but the similar Sedan DeVille did because of the 4.5 V8 and more upscale trim. Several years of reliable minimalist elderly driver use he reached age 98; get it 98. He and my aunt were in a retirement community and figured it’s time to give up driving. Some relative grabbed it and ending up having engine oil leak issues that were apparently common with the 4.5 but fixed and drove it off into the Boca Raton sunset.

  • avatar
    55_wrench

    I learned to drive in my mom’s ’62 Dynamic 88, and had a buddy in high school that had a ’63..I see Olds took an evolutionary approach to interior styling from the ’62 model, still keeping similar design elements with the dash, A/C spheres and heater controls.

    I later owned an ’84 98 Regency Brougham, and what a difference! Still conservatively styled, even pleasantly done, but cheaped out in every way.

    With the ’64, Looking at the back seat with the chrome grab handles and large bolster in the back, and all the chrome die castings, what you’re seeing here is the last of an era where irrespective of how crummy the brakes were, (and they were), there was still an effort made to make you feel like you were in a luxury car

    And that 394–what a torque monster that was…in an impromptu race one night, in my buddy’s ’63, he shut down a Mustang and a Torino who had squared off at the stoplight…with 3 Corvair differentials and 2 Mini subframes in the trunk.

    Great cars, just don’t try hard stops in the rain.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    I too am sad to see this apparently good condition iconic car going to scrap .

    I well remember these new , at the time I was highly enamored of ’41 & ’55 Chevy Coupes , the _idea_ of a ‘ regular guy ‘ owning an Oldslowbubble EconoLuxe boat never even entered my mind .

    I hope more of those unobtanium soft trim parts get saved .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    What a proper American car. Solid metal, I quite like it. It would look nifty restored to a light pink/rose metallic. Or a coral metallic, like a 65 Riviera I saw at a car show in a limited edition color.

  • avatar
    Ratsnake

    The 1961-4 Olds 88, 98 and Starfire turn up reasonably often on west coast Craigslist, not often in great shape, regardless of body type. I don’t think there’s a clear market for them to keep them out of the yards.

    My parents kept their 1964 Super 88 until 1979, and the sound of that engine (same high-compression 394 as this 98) is still something I remember. If it weren’t so clearly stupid to buy a beater one of these for $3000–which seems like what you can get–I would be tempted. I imagine the total budget for a usable daily driver would be pretty high. Think about it, a car like this could have been run with original shocks for decades, so much junk to fix. (In other words, this would be about as economically rewarding as fixing up an E3 BMW.)

    In my opinion, after Olds got rid of the 1962 “double chin,” most things they made until about 1970 looked pretty good. Up to 67 or so, the 98s looked like Lincolns for people who wanted a GM product.

  • avatar
    doug-g

    This one made me sad.

  • avatar
    Shut up Ike

    Of all the cars I’ve seen in ‘Junkyard Find’, this one makes me the saddest. These are wonderful cars, full of chrome, style, and luxury options. It has 4 doors? Even better – room for more friends to cruise with! When will people get over that ‘too many doors’ bullshit? You can buy a total POS Chevelle and drop a conservative $15K into it and have a car that you’ll see 20 X at any decent-sized show. Spend that same $15 K on this and you will have a unique car that will draw a bigger crowd – every time. That POS Chevelle will probably cost $6K and this Olds could probably go home for scrap value + $50. $5500 savings to start with.

  • avatar
    MadHungarian

    I suspect the seat was pulled for the power adjustment mechanism underneath.


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