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.
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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