About Oldsmobile Delta 88
The Oldsmobile Delta 88 was a luxury car sold and manufactured by Oldsmobile between 1949 and 1999. From 1950 to 1974, the 88 series was the most profitable, especially the base models. A few weeks after the 1965 model year, Olds began selling this model as a separate series called the Oldsmobile Delta 88. All 1965 Oldsmobile Delta 88 models were designed and built from scratch. B-bodies were more rounded than those of previous years, with a cocktail-cup profile and a semi-empty roofline on the two-door hardtops. The 1963-64 Oldsmobile Delta 88 convertibles had a more rounded version of the square roof with arched rear windows.
This year also saw the introduction of the new parts like the 425 cubic-inch Super Rocket V8 engine. It can produce between 300 and 370 hp, depending on the carburetor and compression ratio. And parts like the new three-speed turbo-hydraulic gearbox with torque converter replaced the rotary hydraulic gearbox used since 1961. A new four-speed manual gearbox with Hurst lever was also offered as optional parts on all B models in 1965. Also new for 1966 was the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. It could be adjusted to six different heights and extended out from the dashboard for greater driving comfort.
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For 1973, all Delta 88 models received a wider, lowered waterfall grille as part of the new front end, and the 1972 quad headlights were replaced with larger, round, rectangular taillights. Standard parts included a two-liter 350 V8. The windshield was narrower and rose to the same height as the hood as on 1971-72 models. The 1974 Delta 88 fixed-roof coupe also had a new roofline with large fixed and triangular side windows in an extended C-pillar. The Oldsmobile Delta 88 had a small hinged rear window. As the brand discontinued carbureted two-cylinder engines that year, the new four-stroke engine became standard, while the 455 engine was offered as an option.
In 1986, the company replaced the Oldsmobile Delta 88's B-chassis with the more compact, front-wheel-drive H-chassis with a wheelbase of 2,814 mm. In 1987, the headlights were changed from a square with sealed-beam headlights to integrated headlights for the high and low beams. Some NASCAR teams built Delta 88 race cars starting in 1986 and ran them in the 86-88 seasons. At the request of the federal government, which wanted more passive safety parts, door-mounted seat belts were introduced in 1987. In 1988, an anti-lock braking system was added as an option. That same year, the taillights were changed to amber, and a driver's airbag was added as an option.