Oldsmobile Regency

The Regency had some very big shoes to fill, and in fact, was destined to fail because of it. The introduction of the Regency in 1997 ended a run of more than 50 years by Oldsmobile's previous luxury flagship, the Ninety Eight. While the Regency is a sister model of the Eighty Eight and the LSS, it is more focused on the traditional American ideal of luxury. For example, the Regency includes a lot of chrome trim, white-stripe tires, a front bench seat and a long list of standard equipment. Most notably are the revised interior and the new exterior color choices. These were available at the start of 1998. The Oldsmobile 88, of which it had to replace, was a full-size car sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors and produced from 1949 until 1999. The fact that this model lasted over a half of a century is a great kudos for the company. Very few models make it past 5 years, let alone 50. From 1950 to 1974 the 88 was the company's best selling line. Included in the line-up were the particularly popular entry-level models such as the 88 and the Dynamic 88. The 88 series was also a brand maker for Oldsmobile in the early years because it was one of the best performing automobiles on the market. This was due to the fact that it was relatively small in size, it was lightweight and had an advanced overhead-valve high-compression V8 engine. Some may not have even realized that the 88 was around for so long because it has been disguised under a number of different names such the Delmont, the Delta, the Dynamic, the Jetstar, the Starfire, the Super, the Holiday, the L/S, the LSS, the Celebrity and the Royale. Further, the Fiesta name appeared on some station wagons in the 1950s and 1960s, which were also part of the line-up.