Featured on AutoHunter, the net public sale platform pushed by ClassicCars.com, is that this 455-Powered 1966 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Vacation Coupe.
Oldsmobile as a division of Normal Motors was phased out of existence virtually precisely 20 years in the past. The truth is, April 29, 2024 will mark the anniversary of the day that the model was dissolved after over 100 years of existence. Let’s check out one of many fashions that put Olds on the map again within the day. It’s being auctioned by a supplier in Cicero, Indiana, and the public sale ends on Tuesday.
When the “88” named debuted within the Oldsmobile lineup in 1949, the model rode on Normal Motors’ A-body platform and was slotted between the 76 and the 98. Some individuals argue that 88’s highly effective Rocket V8 motor mixed with a light-weight physique made it the primary “muscle” automotive. Certainly, the automotive went on to win a number of NASCAR late-model division races between 1949 and 1952.
By the point the mid-Sixties rolled round, the “88” nomenclature continued and the “Delta” identify referred to an higher trim stage of the Dynamic 88. It appeared that Oldsmobile was all the time altering issues up with the hierarchy. This was the automotive’s sixth technology, and it rolled on the B-body platform which was supplied as a hardtop coupe, a hardtop sedan, a standard sedan, and a convertible. The semi-fastback roofline grew to become widespread, and at present’s automotive is an ideal instance of the sporty hardtop silhouette that made this automotive successful.
This metallic purple paint end has a clear look to it, and the automotive retains a largely unique look with exception of the 20-inch Ridler aluminum wheels on Nankang low-profile tires for a modern-day restomod contact.
The guts of this Delta 88 is a big-block 455cid Rocket V8 that was reportedly transplanted from a later-model automotive. Based mostly on some analysis, it appears just like the Rocket 455 was launched in 1968 as the most important of three totally different engines that used comparable development. Energy on the time was rated between 300 and 400 horsepower, however the torque ranking was the place this engine actually carried out (it might develop as much as 500 lb-ft). All that torque is fed rearward by a three-speed computerized transmission.
How will Normal Motors acknowledge the upcoming anniversary of Oldsmobile’s discontinuation, if in any respect? In the event you’re a fan of the model and its well-known Rocket powerplants, this Delta 88 is likely to be a superb piece of memorabilia to amass for the event.
The public sale for this 455-Powered 1966 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Vacation Coupe ends Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. (PDT)