This week’s example of Broughams of Christmas Past was once again found on a FB group I’m in, Finding Future Classic Cars. I saw this and my Brougham Radar locked on and began beeping frantically. Especially love the black paint, no vinyl roof, rare factory accessory wheels and the red velour interior–with matching red exterior pinstriping, a Regency exclusive feature.
These cars used to be everywhere, and in my midwestern city, were still seen every now and then until around ten years ago. The 1977-79 C-body GMs, consisting of Cadillac de Ville, Fleetwood, Buick Electra and the Olds Ninety-Eight, were all strong sellers when new.
In 1979 91,862 Regency sedans and 26,965 Regency coupes were sold. The less-Broughamy “LS” was far less popular, with 2104 coupes and 6720 sedans produced. The Regency sedan started at $8,063 but of course myriad optional power assists, gadgets and appearance extras were available. What’s the modern equivalent? An RX or XT4? *shudders*
Anyway, it’s available in Willowick, OH by a dealer as of this writing. While the ask is up there, it might not be too out of line if the claim of only 13K miles is backed up by paperwork.
“Take a look at this incredible 13,000 original mile 1979 Oldsmobile 98 Regency. We purchased this from an Olds collector and it has been in our personal collection for some time and now it can be yours.”
“The black paint is gorgeous and mostly original with all of the factory painted on pin stripe. This 98 runs and drives like you would expect a low mileage vehicle to, and is equipped with the 403 V8, Dual Power seats, Tilt & Telescopic steering, PW, PL, AM/FM/Stereo, Factory chrome wheels and more.”
“Open the door and you are greeted by an immaculate and beautiful plush red interior. Put this RUST FREE survivor on your must-see list.”
It looks great, and I love the colors, wheels and options. It even has the tilting and telescoping steering wheel. I still miss Oldsmobile. And Pontiac.