Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Not Easy Being Green: 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88

Back when I was a kid in the early 70's, we thought American sedans were land barges, and one would never ever want to own one.  With curb weights of around 4,000lbs and lengths of 19ft, they are almost petite compared to the Bro Trucks and Mommy 'Burbans that clog the roads of today, and I find them strangely attractive.  Find this 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 for sale in Kirkland, WA for $5,500 via craigslist.

The Delta 88 in 1973 was in its seventh generation.  As part of the GM Empire, it was platform engineered with various B-body Cadillacs, Pontiacs, Buicks and Chevrolets.  The Delta 88 was available in 1973 with either the standard 350 Rocket V-8 or the optional 455 Rocket V-8.  This car has the 455, but the ad doesn't mention if it has the single or dual exhaust.  Dual exhaust along with the 4 barrel carb, gets you 250hp from the 7.5 liter V-8.  I'm always amazed at how Detroit could get such meager output from large V-8's. This car is said to be a 3 owner, 81K mile car.  I'm amazed at the level of surface rust on the air cleaner housing and brake master cylinder/booster.  It must have sat around in the back of gramps damp garage for quite a while.

The insides look presentable, with large bench seats that will keep you from thinking about an lateral G's.  I really like these pillar-less sedans, that we will never see again, thanks to The Man.  I can't help but think it probably smells of moth balls.

If I bought this car, the first thing I'd do would be to get out the hair dryer and peel the gangsta tint off the windows.  It just looks wrong on a grandpa car, especially one that sports a black vinyl roof, white walls and original hubcaps.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pacific Northwest correspondent.


  1. Missing the upper center windscreen trim car looks good but under bonnet not so much.

  2. This would be a great choice for the upcoming Lemons Rally, heading from Monterey up to Seattle this August, and back.

    I also feel it prudent to point out that Ash drove a '73 Delta 88 in the Evil Dead movies.

    [image src="http://www.bookofthedead.ws/website/images/props_ed_ed2_car_screen.jpg"/]

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  4. Hello, my name is Tompall and I live in seattle. I found this website/post online doing some research seeing as I just bought this car. I've known the family for a long time and got a really good deal. I am thinking of putting some work into her and maybe even a car show or too. I've never owned a classic with this low mileage and this original. Any ideas what I should or shouldn't do, especially under the hood, seeing as most the exterior and interior are in pretty good shape. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. By the way I will get rid of the tint, but a hair dryer? is it really that easy?

    1. Robert D. Evanoff Jr.March 12, 2018 at 10:08 AM


      I wanted to buy that car! I've been looking for one forever! If you decide you don't want to keep it, let me know. I am the VP of a classic car club, I own a 1972 Olds 98, a 1948 Ford and 1951 Ford as well. I will take great care of it if you decide to sell.

      Please let me know! I'm just down in Oregon. 503-883-1846, or email me at revanoff2@gmail.com.


    2. Tompall,
      Glad to year you picked up such a beauty -- with regards to tint, the best thing that works is one of those cheap clothing steamers that are supposed to steam clean wrinkles out of clothing that is on a hangar...but they work great for removing old window tint.



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