At the time of its discontinuation in 2004, Oldsmobile was the oldest surviving American automaker. It really had a fitting name, didn’t it?! Moreover, Olds was the fourth oldest surviving car maker in the world at the time. Just behind Czech Tatra, French Peugeot and German Deimler. But history is obviously something GM never learnt to appreciate. How else to get a grasp of their decision to simply discontinue the oldest truly American automaker established in 1897 by Ransom Eli Olds? And with that, all of classic Oldsmobile models that made us proud over the years.
During more than a century of production, Oldsmobile produced over 35 million vehicles. Most of them as GM’s division after General Motors acquired the brand in 1908. Some were among the best and most beloved American cars ever, like 442, Cutlass, and Toronado. Others were neither as good nor well received by the Olds aficionados, yet they still represented the company in their own way. This time, we’re reflecting on forgotten part of the Oldsmobile history. On forgotten Oldsmobile models that somehow never fulfilled their true potential. Oldsmobile cars that could have achieved more had they’ve been given the chance. So, embark with us upon this nostalgic journey through Oldsmobile’s affluent history.
1967-1968 Delmont 88
The Eighty Eight sat atop the Oldsmobile lineup in 1949 and remained there until 1999. For fifty years, full-size lineup of models changed and adapted in order to satisfy customer’s needs. Yet, Oldsmobile 88 remained immensely popular throughout most of its lengthy run. In fact, it was Olds’ best-selling line until 1974. Especially the entry-level models.
And that’s exactly what Delmont was. An entry-level full-size Oldsmobile for the masses restricted by tight budget. In the sea of 88’s, Delmont remains obscured, though. Probably because Olds only offered it for two model years before discontinuing it for ’69, leaving Delta 88 a base model of the series. During its short tenure in the market, Delmont 88 offered a standard 330 cu in Jetfire Rocket V8, together with optional 425 cu in Super Rocket V8 and 455 cu in Rocket 455 V8. For 1968, standard engine was replaced by a new 350 cu in Rocket 350 V8 in two different set of tunes. 2-barrel version delivered 250 horsepower, while 4-barrel option raised 310 ponies. Most powerful offering was the 455 W-33 police package raising as much as 390 horsepower. 425 cu in V8 was discontinued by then.
Being an entry-level vehicle, Delmont only offered advanced equipment via option packages. However, it could have been ordered with no less than four different body styles. There were 4-door Town and Holiday Sedans, and 2-door Holiday Coupe and Convertible. With Holiday standing for hardtop styling.