What can I say about the GM diesel V8 of the late 70s and early 80s that hasn’t been said by countless others? Many people hate them, some love them, but most either want to forget them, or already have.
But tonight I saw this on a Facebook group I’m in which is called Finding Future Classic Cars. As a big fan of these full-size top-of-the-line Oldsmobiles, I had to check it out.
Of course upon clicking the link I discovered it was one of those infamous diesels. Still, that’s a pretty attractive early 80s sedan, especially in dark green with tan leather interior.
I always like these 1980 to 1984 Oldsmobile 98 Regencys. When I was a kid back then our neighbors two doors down had one, an ’83 or an ’84 if memory serves, in triple navy blue and it was gorgeous. Of course it had a standard gasoline-fueled V8 too. Probably the 307 by then.
Anyway this one’s for sale in Butler, New Jersey, has a claimed 117000 miles and the original engine was replaced in 1984 with a ‘Goodwrench replacement diesel’, according to the ad.
It also says that the car has been sitting for about 30 years. And is not currently running. So while the ask is $2,000 I would bet one would be able to get it for less. Should said person have a hankering for tinkering with an early ’80s GM diesel luxocruiser, that is.
This one appears to have the optional leather interior, but the rather plain standard wheel covers. Seems like 9/10ths of these came with the extra cost wire wheel covers. Regardless, it’s certainly an interesting time capsule, if nothing else.