Today’s Autotrader Find is a time capsule of American luxury in the 1980s. It’s a 1983 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency with under 15,000 miles on the clock. It’s for sale in Wallingford, Connecticut with an asking price of $40,000. If that value is accurate, this car has appreciated in value by a little over 200 percent compared to its original MSRP.
What Does Ninety-Eight Mean?
The name “Ninety-Eight” goes all the way back to the Oldsmobile naming scheme from the 1930s. The first number represents the “Series 90” and the second number indicates an 8-cylinder engine. For example, a 6-cylinder Series 60 would’ve been called a Sixty-Six and an 8-cylinder Series 70 would be a Seventy-Eight. The Ninety-Eight name would eventually be associated with the flagship full-size Oldsmobile and it would continue to be called Ninety-Eight even when the cylinders under the hood didn’t add up to 8.
This one, however, is true to its name and packs a 5.0-liter Oldsmobile V8 engine under its expansive hood. The Oldsmobile Series 90 rode on the RWD GM C platform for almost its entire existence from 1940 until 1984. Starting in 1985, the Ninety-Eight switched to a new C-body which was FWD. That means this 1983 model is one of the last of the old-school full-size RWD American luxury sedans; a torch which would be carried by the B-body Buick Roadmaster for another decade or so before being extinguished.
1980s American Luxury
Take a look at the supreme 1980s luxury in this land yacht. Before you even step inside, you’ll notice the wire wheels, skirted rear wheels, vinyl roof, and prestigious hood ornament. Inside, you’ll find blue seats with that couch-like quality that you only see in these old American luxury cars. The blue continues throughout the interior along with plenty of wood interior trim and tons of space in the back seats.
A few luxuries include back-seat reading lights, power windows, a power driver’s seat, and a luxurious clock surrounded by an ornate filigree design. You even get what appears to be a vintage GM rubber cargo mat in the huge trunk.
Whether $40k is a fair price for this Oldsmobile is debatable, but it’s quite an impressive time capsule. You almost never see these on the road anymore, especially in this good of condition. What would you rather have; one of the nicest and newest RWD Ninety-Eights left or a new Cadillac CT5 for the same price? Find an Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight for sale