Junkyard Find: 1979 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency Coupe

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1979 oldsmobile ninety eight regency coupe

The greatest Oldsmobile song of all time is Public Enemy’s 1987 masterpiece, “ You’re Gonna Get Yours” (from all the many great Oldsmobile songs out there), but just what kind of Olds 98 was it that Chuck D used to get all those suckers to the side? I say it was the 1977-1984 tenth-generation 98, and here’s an example of a luxurious ’79 Regency Coupe, complete with landau roof and plenty of fake wood trim inside.

The Ninety-Eight was downsized by 800 pounds in 1977, along with its Cadillac de Ville and Buick Electra brethren, and the depiction of the unstoppable Ninety-Eight in “You’re Gonna Get Yours” gives the impression that it must be the monstrous 1971-1976 version. However, if you look at the cover of the 12″ single release for “ Rebel Without a Pause” and “ Miuzi Weighs a Ton” (released on the same album as “You’re Gonna Get Yours”), you will see two 1977-1984 Olds Ninety-Eights plus a Cadillac Eldorado. That’s proof enough for me.

The Regency was the plushest Ninety-Eight you could get in 1979, and the coupe was far more stylish than the sedan.

If you like “wood” in your interior, this car has plenty.

Embossed beige velour aplenty in here.

This car is the same model and color as the one on the brochure page for the Regency Coupe. The Malaise-style luxury is mostly gone now, but you can still detect faint echoes if you listen hard over the sound of The Crusher chomping cars.

Archie Manning could have put you behind the wheel of a nice Ninety-Eight Regency Coupe, if you lived in New Orleans in 1979.

[Images: © 2016 Murilee Martin/The Truth About Cars; Courtesy Old Car Brochures]

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  • Ppxhbqt Ppxhbqt on Mar 10, 2016

    Since we have so many experts here, can someone tell me if those are factory wheels, off a Buick, or aftermarket? I'm thinking the second option.

    • Roberto Esponja Roberto Esponja on Mar 10, 2016

      Those are Buick wheels. They were used on various rear-wheel-drive LeSabres, Wildcats, Rivieras, Centurions, Electras, etc. from the 1970's and 1980's.

  • Laserwizard Laserwizard on Mar 10, 2016

    Those down-sized full-sized GM products were some of the last products that GM built that were any good (except diesel versions). After that, it was all down hill for the company as it could not make a decent front-driver. Today it builds junk and its fetish for rear drive is a throwback that is in congruent with the upcoming CAFE standards imposed by this regime and the need to become more efficient with space utilization.

    • 3XC 3XC on Mar 10, 2016

      Nah, the late production A-bodies (Century/Cutlass Ciera) were virtually indestructible. I still see them on the road, the youngest ones are 20 years old now. When I delivered pizzas in the late 90s, two of my fellow employees drove Centuries. Close to taxi duty in terms of the amount of time spent idling and driving in stop and go city traffic, all the neglect a teenager can heap on a car, and they still functioned without problems. It took GM a decade to get the platform right, but once they did, they built the automotive equivalent of a cheap digital watch. Flawlessly functional, durable, and engineered to just do its job.

  • Art Vandelay Pour one out for the Motors Liquidation Corporation
  • Bill Wade Norm, while true I'll leave you with this. My 2023 RAM is running Android 8 released in 2017.My wife's navigation on her GM truck is a 2021 release, I believe the latest. Android Auto seems to update very week or two. Now, which would you rather have? Anybody with a car a couple of years old NEVER sees any updates. Heck, if your TV is a few years old it's dead on updates. At least cell phones are rapidly updated. If your old phone won't update, buy another $200 phone. If your GM vehicle doesn't update do what, buy another $50,000 GM vehicle?
  • Lou_BC Once again, Mustang is the last pony car standing. Camaro RIP, Challenger RIP.
  • FreedMike Next up should DEFINITELY be the Cadillac Eldorado. On the subject of Caddies, I saw a Lyriq in person for the first time a couple of days ago, and I'm changing my tune on its' styling. In person, it works quite well, and the interior is very nicely executed.
  • Probert Sorry to disappoint: https://robbreport.com/motors/cars/tesla-model-y-worlds-best-selling-vehicle-1234848318/and any list. of articles with a 1 second google search. It's a tough world out there - but you can do it!!!!!!