Home Page About Us Contribute




Escort, Inc.



Tweets by @CrittendenAuto






By accessing/using The Crittenden Automotive Library/CarsAndRacingStuff.com, you signify your agreement with the Terms of Use on our Legal Information page. Our Privacy Policy is also available there.

Oldsmobile Delta 88

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Delta 88
Vehicle Model

Topic Navigation
Wikipedia: Oldsmobile 88

Page Sections
Reference Desk
History
Photographs
Documents
Article Index
1978 Diesel Specifications
A full-size car produced by Oldsmobile from 1965-1991.

Awards and acknowledgements include:
A Complete Guide to Used Cars (1995 Edition) Best Late-Model Bet in the Full-size Car category (model year 1985)

Bruce Campbell's character drove a 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 in the film Army of Darkness.

Reference Desk

The Crittenden Automotive Library's "Reference Desk" is a collection of materials that cannot be shared due to copyright restrictions. Information from these resources, however, can be shared. Go to the Reference Desk page for more information.

TypeTitle
1983 Book1983 Oldsmobile Chassis Service Manual: Cutlass, Delta 88, Custom Cruiser, Ninety-Eight, Toronado; General Motors Corporation
1983 BookChilton's Repair & Tune-Up Guide: Buick/Oldsmobile/Pontiac 1975-83; Chilton Book Company


History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Oldsmobile 88 page on 3 August 2019, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Delta name in 1965 was an upscale trim line of the Dynamic 88, the Dynamic 88 Delta, replacing the previous top-series B-body Olds, the Super 88. Early '65s were referred to as Dynamic 88 Deltas, but within a few weeks after the start of the model year, Olds began marketing the line as a separate series known as the Delta 88.

Few styling changes other than revised grilles and tail sections marked the 1966 full-sized Oldsmobiles. The sporty Jetstar I series was dropped with a lower-priced Starfire only offered as a hardtop coupe taking its place. All other series' 88 models were carried over from 1965 with a new convertible added to the Delta 88 line and the same bodystyle dropped from the Jetstar 88 line.

For 1967...The Delta 88 gained a new sub series called the Delta 88 Custom which had a plusher interior than the standard Delta 88 featuring a Strato bench seat in the Holiday Sedan (four-door hardtop) or, in the Holiday Soupe (two-door hardtop), a choice of either Strato bucket seats with console or Strato bench seat with armrest. The Delta Custom Holiday Coupe was essentially a successor to the former 88-based Starfire series offered in previous years (1961–66) but with a standard 88 semi-fastback roofline rather than the Starfire's squared off roof with concave rear window. Another styling cue for the Delta Custom was the addition of a second set of tail light reflectors set into the lower portion of the bumper.

All GM B-body full-size cars were completely restyled and enlarged for 1971, but continued to ride on a 124-inch (3,150 mm) wheelbase. It reached its maximum size in 1974 at an astounding 226.9-inch (5,763 mm) in length. It was available as a pillared four-door Town Sedan, two-door and four-door Holiday hardtops and a convertible. Series models for 1971 included the base Delta 88, Delta 88 Custom and Delta 88 Royale, the latter inheriting the convertible body style previously offered on the base Delta 88. All models received fuselage styling somewhat similar to what Chrysler Corporation introduced on its 1969 models, and new rooflines with a more squared off greenhouse for Town sedans and more rounded lines for Holiday sedans and coupes – the latter receiving reverting to a semi-fastback format.

The 1977 Delta 88s and other GM B-body cars were considerably downsized from their predecessors in length and wheelbase (116 in (2,900 mm) – the same as the four-door 1973–77 A-body Cutlass Sedan) and nearly 900 lb (410 kg) lighter in weight, with curb weights dropping to between 3,500 and 3,600 lb (1,590 and 1,630 kg) depending on model. Other than a reduction in shoulder room, however, interior room was not adversely affected; in fact, headroom and rear seat legroom increased. Both base Delta 88 and Royale models were now only offered in two pillared body styles; a two-door coupe and a four-door Town Sedan. The 1977–1979 Custom Cruiser was now based on the Delta 88's B-body rather than the Ninety-Eight's C-body (thus also sharing the coil spring suspension, rather than the multi-leaf spring) and came with a two-way tailgate rather than the clamshell of 1971–76 models. A fuel economy gauge was optional.

For 1986, the Delta 88 switched platforms from the GM B platform to the smaller front-wheel drive H platform, with a wheelbase of only 110.8 inches (2,814 mm). The headlights changed from square sealed beam quads to integrated regular/high beam composite lamps in 1987. A few NASCAR teams built racecars with 1986 Delta 88 sheetmetal and ran them on the circuit in the 86-88 seasons, but only one victory (with Terry Labonte) was scored.


Photographs

Oldsmobile Delta 88 Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: June 13, 2011
View photo of Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 3,827KB
Oldsmobile Delta 88 Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: June 13, 2011
View photo of Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 2,982KB
Oldsmobile Delta 88 Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: June 13, 2011
View photo of Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 3,653KB
1966 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible 1966 Convertible
Reserve not met, high bid $11,000 - Mecum Auctions
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
View photo of 1966 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible - 3.3MB
1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1967
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
View photo of 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 3,988KB
1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1967
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
View photo of 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 3,383KB
1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1967
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
View photo of 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 3,795KB
1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1967
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
View photo of 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 3,513KB
1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1967
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
View photo of 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 3,054KB
1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1967
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
View photo of 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 3,420KB
1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1967
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
View photo of 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 3,074KB
1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1967
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
View photo of 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 3,168KB
1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1967
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
View photo of 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 3,371KB
1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1967
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
View photo of 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 3,440KB
1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1967
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
View photo of 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 3,191KB
1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1967
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 FITE Center for Independent Living Car Show
View photo of 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 3,597KB
1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1969
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Remember Our Heroes Car Show
View photo of 1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 4.2MB
1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1969
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Remember Our Heroes Car Show
View photo of 1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 4.6MB
1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1969
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Remember Our Heroes Car Show
View photo of 1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 4.3MB
1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1969
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Remember Our Heroes Car Show
View photo of 1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 4.2MB
1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1969
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Remember Our Heroes Car Show
View photo of 1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 3.7MB
1971 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1971
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
2006 Milwaukee NNL
April 22, 2006
View photo of 1971 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 681KB
1971 Oldsmobile Delta 88 1971
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
2006 Milwaukee NNL
April 22, 2006
View photo of 1971 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 719KB
1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible 1974
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $7,500 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
View photo of 1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible - 3.8MB
1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible 1974
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $7,500 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
View photo of 1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible - 3.5MB
1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Hurst Linda Vaughn Car 1974 Hurst Linda Vaughn Car
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals
November 21, 2010
View photo of 1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Hurst Linda Vaughn Car - 2,357KB
1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Hurst Linda Vaughn Car 1974 Hurst Linda Vaughn Car
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals
November 21, 2010
View photo of 1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Hurst Linda Vaughn Car - 2,202KB
Oldsmobile Delta 88 Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
View photo of Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 184KB
Oldsmobile Delta 88 Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
View photo of Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 233KB
Oldsmobile Delta 88 Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
View photo of Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 234KB
Oldsmobile Delta 88 Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
View photo of Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 263KB
Oldsmobile Delta 88 Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
View photo of Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 258KB
1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 1979 Royale
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 The Cars Time Forgot
View photo of 1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale - 4.9MB
1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 1979 Royale
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 The Cars Time Forgot
View photo of 1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale - 5.2MB
1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 1979 Royale
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 The Cars Time Forgot
View photo of 1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale - 4.2MB
1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 1979 Royale
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 The Cars Time Forgot
View photo of 1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale - 3.6MB
1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 1979 Royale
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 The Cars Time Forgot
View photo of 1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale - 3.9MB
1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 1979 Royale
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 The Cars Time Forgot
View photo of 1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale - 4.2MB
1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale 1979 Royale
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 The Cars Time Forgot
View photo of 1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale - 4.5MB
Oldsmobile Delta 88 Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
February 27, 2011
View photo of Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 2,145KB
Oldsmobile Delta 88 Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
February 27, 2011
View photo of Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 2,056KB
Oldsmobile Delta 88 Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
February 27, 2011
View photo of Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 1,771KB
Oldsmobile Delta 88 Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
February 27, 2011
View photo of Oldsmobile Delta 88 - 2,713KB


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
classified date 1990Technical Summary
1990 Oldsmobile Delta 88
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 307KB - 5 pages
classified date 1994On-Site Air Bag Investigation
1992 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 15.3MB - 179 pages
classified date 1994Remote Air Bag Investigation
1992 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Brougham, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 10.8MB - 135 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
21 February 2015Reference Desk: 1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Diesel Rear AxleBill Crittenden


1978 Diesel Specifications

The following specifications are for the Delta 88 with the optional Diesel engine.

Performance
0-30 mph5.65 seconds*
0-40 mph8.15 seconds*
0-50 mph11.55 seconds*
0-60 mph16.50 seconds*
Quarter Mile22.0 seconds @ 68 mph
*=As tested by Motor Trend, April 1978

Connect with The Crittenden Automotive Library

The Crittenden Automotive Library at Google+ The Crittenden Automotive Library on Facebook The Crittenden Automotive Library on Instagram The Crittenden Automotive Library at The Internet Archive The Crittenden Automotive Library on Pinterest The Crittenden Automotive Library on Twitter The Crittenden Automotive Library on Tumblr
 


The Crittenden Automotive Library

Home Page    About Us    Contribute