Oldsmobile Delta 88
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Oldsmobile
Model: Delta 88
Oldsmobile Delta 88

The Delta name showed up for the first time in 1965 representing an upscale trim line of the Dynamic 88. At this point, the Dynamic 88 Delta replaced the Super 88. Oldsmobile shortly thereafter began marketing the line as a separate series known as the Delta 88. The wheelbases went unchanged at 123 inches for the 88s and 126 inches for the Ninety-Eights. The Oldsmobile 88 itself was a full-size car sold by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors and manufactured from 1949 until 1999. That was quite an impressive run, half a century. From 1950 to 1974 the 88 was the company's top-selling model. The 88 series was also a leader for Oldsmobile, for example in the early years when it was one of the most reliable vehicles thanks to its relatively small size, light weight and advanced overhead-valve high-compression V8 engine. The engine was originally designed for the larger and more luxurious 98 series but was instead placed in the smaller six-cylinder Oldsmobile 76 body. This created what is taken to be the granddaddy of muscle cars in the 1960s. New for 1965 was the Ninety-Eight Luxury Sedan, which featured a more luxurious interior with more standard amenities. In fact, all of the 1965 models highlighted all new styling and engineering. The B-body cars contained a rounded design and a new 425 cubic-inch Super Rocket V8 with horsepower ratings ranging from 300 to 370. The new three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission with torque converter replaced the original Hydra-Matic transmission used since its 1940 introduction. Sadly, no station wagons were available in the full-sized lineup as the division was now focused on its cargo-carrying line. This really did not seem to matter though, as the Delta 88 was holding its own quite well, and where it lacked, the rest of the line picked up the slack beautifully.

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