Riding on the same platform as the six-gen Chevy Impala, the eighth-gen Oldsmobile 88 was one of the last front-engine, rear-drive sedans that General Motors produced. Today, we’re taking a look at this well-kept 1985 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale that’s currently listed for sale.
Posted online for nearly $16,000, this 1985 Delta 88 appears to be in near-showroom condition, and is located at a dealership in Nashville, Tennessee. While at first glance it may look like any other boxy 80s sedan, this Oldsmobile houses a truly unique feature.
More specifically, this Delta 88 is equipped with a diesel engine, namely the 350ci (5.7L) Detroit Diesel V8 engine. Not normally found underneath the hood of U.S. passenger vehicles, especially that of four-door sedans, this powerplant is infamously known for various flaws in its design, like failing head bolts and a compromised fuel system. As such, vehicles equipped with these engines are few-and-far-between nowadays, and this particular example is in pristine condition.
Output was rated at 105 horsepower and 205 pound-feet of torque when this Delta 88 rolled off the assembly line, while a four-speed automatic transmission handles the shifting duties.
Painted in a Dark Chestnut Metallic paint job and sporting a full vinyl roof, this 1985 Delta 88 Royale appears to have been well taken care of, as is evidenced in its blemish-free body panels and bumpers.
On the inside, the interior is finished in a Saddle colorway, while the dome light package and premium wood-like trim are a nice touch.
Additional features include power windows, power locks, an AM/FM/cassette stereo, air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, front discs, and cruise control.
With an estimated 45,000 miles on the odometer, what do you think, dear reader? Is this 80s-era GM sedan worth the asking price? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!