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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