Junkyard Find: 1994 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency Elite

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1994 oldsmobile ninety eight regency elite

The very last generation of Olds 98 was the most distinctive-looking of any of the 98s built since the early 1970s. Though it was related to a number of Buicks and Cadillacs of the era, the 1991-96 Ninety-Eight had the kind of Oldsmobility that traditional (i.e., those who remembered the Lindbergh Kidnapping) Olds buyers weren’t going to find in those weird-looking Auroras.

The Ninety-Eight Touring got the supercharged engine, while the Ninety-Eight Regency got seating for six passengers and extra-cushy Detroit luxury. The Regency Elite was, well, elite.

One glance tells you that this car would be an excellent machine for a 2,500-mile road trip.

I suspect that these door-mounted seat controls suffered from more than their share of electrical glitches, but they look cool.

Yes, rear drum brakes just six years before the dawn of the 21st century.

Front-wheel drive was actually a good idea for this sort of luxury machine, due to all the extra interior space you get, but it’s too bad GM didn’t see fit to make a version of this car with the Aurora-ized Northstar engine instead of the not-so-smooth Buick V6.

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  • Chicagoland Chicagoland on Sep 17, 2012

    "Cash for Clunkers killed a lot of these off." Mostly old SUV's, dealers here had them lined up and a local bone yard had them with "CFC" spray painted. Not a lot of actual cars. These are disappearing from Chicago low income areas, as the sands pass through the hourglass and younger generations looks at them as old fartmobiles. Chrysler LX cars and old Altimas, Galants, and Camrys at BHPH and Currancy Exchanges getting temps.

  • Mynameisjonas Mynameisjonas on May 11, 2014

    I remember this car clearly. My grandma had one; a '91 Regency Elite in brown that she bought new. That thing was the most comfortable machine I'd ever ridden in. And bulletproof, the only time she took it to a repair shop was when some dickhead in a Contour smashed it up. I recall she made it to 210k before selling it last year for a DTS. Wish I could have taken it, it was running brilliantly. Still see it floating around occasionly. They seem to hold up really well where I live.

  • Oberkanone Does GM build anything to compete with this? Does GM build any competent hybrids?
  • Dukeisduke So, it'll be invisible, just like all other Gen 6 Camaros?
  • Alterboy21 The gov't has already mandated control of your vehicle. 10 years ago they required cars to have ABS and traction control.I am not sure I agree that automatic breaking is ready for primetime, but taking control of a cars driving behavior is not new ground for the NHTSA. 
  • Parkave231 Collector's Edition hood ornament or GTFO.
  • Dave M. Once again Mustang remains solely on the throne. But obviously the day of the ponycar has long passed....