Oldsmobile left the world in the early 2000s ahead of a handful of other near and dear General Motors brands. However, like all orphan-car brands, Oldsmobile hasn’t been forgotten. One peculiar fan of the brand? Porsche North America CEO and President Klaus Zellmer.
Autoblog sat down with the executive to discuss, well, Porsche-related things, but the conversion quickly slipped into Zellmer’s love affair with Oldsmobile. The executive’s first car upon coming to America was none other than an Oldsmobile Delta 88. He came to the United States when he was 19 with a friend and decided to see the world. After arriving in Los Angeles, California, he had $1,000 to purchase a set of wheels.
‘”Well, we’ve got $1,000. What can we have?” he asked a used-car lot operator. “He took us to the back and next to the fence. The grass was already quite high. He said, ‘You can have that for $1,000.’ It was an Oldsmobile Delta 88.”
The air conditioning and heat didn’t work, but it started up and Zellmer bought it on the spot. He said the car took he and his friend from California to New York City. Sometimes, the car doubled as a sleeping space, too.
After breaking down somewhere in Texas, Zellmer had the Delta 88 repaired and upon his arrival in New York City, he sold the car—for a profit, nonetheless.
“We sold it in New York for 1,200 bucks! Can you believe it?”