Junkyard Find: 1975 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency Luxury Coupe

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1975 oldsmobile ninety eight regency luxury coupe

The Oldsmobile 98 was available for most of the 20th century, and the average swank level remained quite high throughout. Of course, there was a certain element of Simu-Swank™ as Oldsmobile’s core buyer demographic became older and the Malaise Era ground on. We’ve seen a few Ninety-Eight Regency Junkyard Finds, including this ’84 Regency and this ’94 Regency Elite, and today we’re going to look at a plush mid-70s Regency with Whorehouse Red interior and 210-horsepower 455-cubic-inch engine.

I went to high school in the early 1980s, and at that time this car was the most punk-rock vehicle you could own. Fill the rear package shelf with red-paint-splattered doll heads, slap some Exploited stickers on the bumper, and you were ready to go.

Let’s check out some of the luxury features, such as this classy door-pull bracket.

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Back then, Oldsmobile drivers smoked all the time. Actually, just about everybody smoked all the time, and they smoked in places like elevators, supermarkets, offices, and hospitals. Because you didn’t want to have to reach for a lighter to fire up your next Pall Mall, the Ninety-Eight Regency had a lighter-equipped ashtray in each corner of the passenger compartment.

I think I’m going to go back and buy these cool strap/interior-light setups for my van.

Even though my experience with Detroit-made junkyard clocks tells me that this clock stopped forever at 5:42 AM on April 19th, 1977, I’m going to bring a battery pack to the yard and test this one. If it works (ha, ha!) I’ll add it to my car-clock collection.

Not only is there fake woodgrain on the dash, there’s fake woodgrain on the knobs!

They don’t make ’em like this anymore, which is probably a good thing. However, in spite of its faux-classiness and single-digit fuel economy, the Malaise Era Ninety-Eight was seriously comfortable for long highway drives. It was very quiet and had that floaty isolation from road harshness that octogenarians of a previous age came to expect as their right.

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  • Moparman426W Moparman426W on Oct 14, 2012

    Yes, that is a Holley 2bbl. Could either be a 350 or 500CFM. Many people used the 500 model for racing on smaller displacement engines. This engine has a 4bbl manifold, someone obviously used and adapter to swap the holley on, but it's gone now. I know buick actually offered a 2bbl carb on the 455 at some point during the 70's, can't remember whether or not olds did.

    • Doctor olds Doctor olds on Oct 15, 2012

      @Moparman426W- Oldsmobile never offered a 2 bbl on the 98 455,but there was a package called the "Turnpike Cruiser" with a 2bbl 455 in a Cutlass Supreme around 1970. I don't recall any other 455 2bbl applications. By Around 1973, there were just two Olds V8's- 350 4bbl and 455 4bbl. We actually made a cutaway display of a quadrajet to help dealers explain that the small primaries on the Qjet could actually allow better mileage than the 2bbl in response to fuel economy concerns aroused by the Arab oil embargo, IIRC.

  • Moparman426W Moparman426W on Oct 15, 2012

    @acuraandy, if your gran fury was the civilian version then it came from the factory with the A999, which was a 904 with a lower first gear to help acceleration with the tall axle ratio. Fleet and police M bodies mainly got the 727. I have two M bodies, an 82 Diplomat which was a detective car and an 85 5th Ave. The dippy has the 727, a double roller timing chain and windage tray, as well as trans and power steering coolers.

  • Leonard Ostrander Pet peeve: Drivers who swerve to the left to make a right turn and vice versa. They take up as much space as possible for as long as possible as though they're driving trailer trucks or school busses. It's a Kia people, not a Kenworth! Oh, and use your turn signals if you ever figure out where you're going.
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  • Alan In Australia only hairdressers would buy this Monaro as its known as. Real men had 4 door sedans and well hung men drive 4x4 dual cab utes with bullbars and towbars. I personally think this is butt ugly. Later iterations of the Commodore were far better looking.
  • Jeff As a few commenters on prior articles on this site about the UAW strike mentioned many of the lower tiered suppliers could go bankrupt and some could possibly go out of business if the strike is prolonged. Decades ago Ford and GM owned many of their own suppliers but as we all know over the years manufacturers have been outsourcing more parts and with just in time supply there is little room for any interruptions to production including strikes, natural disasters, and anything unforeseen that could happen. When the strike ends there will be delays in production due to parts shortages. It costs suppliers money to just keep making parts and stockpiling them especially when many parts have razor thin profit margins.