Junkyard Find: 1984 Oldsmobile Delta Eighty-Eight Royale Brougham

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin

You want class? In 1984, Oldsmobile had class in dump-truck quantities. Just listen to how the name Oldsmobile Delta Eighty-Eight Royale Brougham rolls off one’s tongue.

This car, one of the final examples of rear-drive/full-frame Oldsmobiles ever built (1985 was the last year for the rear-drive Delta 88), may not be quite as Broughamic as the ’72 Mercury Marquis Brougham we saw last week, but you can still see the last hurrah of mid-60s-style luxury for the masses in this car.

All Olds Delta 88s were Royales for the 1984 model year, but you had to pay extra to get the Brougham package.

The 140-horsepower Olds 307 V8 wasn’t much engine for a 3,635-pound car, but it was smooth and quiet.

Such luxury!

Murilee Martin
Murilee Martin

Murilee Martin is the pen name of Phil Greden, a writer who has lived in Minnesota, California, Georgia and (now) Colorado. He has toiled at copywriting, technical writing, junkmail writing, fiction writing and now automotive writing. He has owned many terrible vehicles and some good ones. He spends a great deal of time in self-service junkyards. These days, he writes for publications including Autoweek, Autoblog, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars and Capital One.

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  • Oldsguy Oldsguy on Nov 29, 2014

    I own and drive one of these (but getting another car so that I'll have to drive it a lot less). I'd like to buy some parts for it, but I can't even seem to find many of the parts anywhere. Any ideas? Some of the covers of the controls on the console and the electric seat have come off. The front grill has a few pieces of plastic broken and I'd like to get that replaced. Several of the plastic covers for the lights on the front have also suffered some damage. The engine works fine, though, and has less than 80k on it. If it makes any difference, it's the coupe.

    • Big_gms Big_gms on Nov 30, 2014

      If you haven't already, you could try online classifieds and auctions. Scouring swap meets for parts is another option. The other suggestion I can offer is to join an Oldsmobile owner's club. Owner's club members can sometimes point you in the right direction for parts (no gaurantees on that, though). Sadly, a lot of these cars last saw duty in a demo derby, thereby destroying a lot of good parts...one of the many reasons I hate demo derbies. Good luck.

  • Shiv91 Shiv91 on May 06, 2016

    We had one of these in the family for years . Tan 1980 Base 2-door with optional(?) Landau roof. My dad bought it used in 1984, drove it for years, then handed it down to my uncle. My uncle drove it for another couple years until the rear bumper snapped off on a railroad track and he dumped it for a brand new '95 F150. To this day I still remember pulling up to his house and seeing the retrieved bumper sticking halfway out of the trunk!

  • Lorenzo The solution is so simple: if the driver shifts into neutral without applying the parking brake, the horn sounds and lights flash until the parking brake is applied. After the third time, the driver should be insulted by a voice saying, "Shouldn't your wife be driving?", or "Where did you get your license - Dollar Store?"
  • Akear About 7 years ago crazy Mary said there is no future for Hybrids and GM would concentrate on EVs. Barra has an amazing ability to make the wrong decisions on just about every issue. I used to think Rick Wagoneer and Roger smith were the biggest GM idiots. I am not so sure now.
  • GBJT I’ll keep my 2021 Tundra and wouldn’t buy a 2022 Tundra due to the twin turbo V6 and transmission.
  • 2manyvettes Um, somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I clearly remember a story about used EV's in China rotting away in a field somewhere because nobody wanted to buy them, much less dealers wanting to sell them. Anyone, anyone, Bueller,Bueller?
  • Lorenzo To call it a Picasso, it should have been more angular. They should have called it a Degas, it's my impression cars look better in pastels.