The Oldsmobile 88, also known as the Eighty-Eight, was the full-size car line produced by Oldsmobile for fifty years, from 1949 to 1999. From 1960 to 1974, it was the best-selling line for Oldsmobile.
The 88 was offered in various trim levels that reflected the evolving tastes of the American public during the space and jet age, starting with DeLuxe and Super and later introducing Rocket and Jetstar. The line underwent regular updates every two to four years, consistently delivering stylish upgrades over its Chevrolet counterparts and featuring powerful V8 engines.
In 1975, the Delta 88 Convertible marked its final year of production. As Oldsmobile’s top-of-the-line model, an advertising campaign emphasized its outgoing body style, positioning it as a future collector’s item.
The strategy proved successful, with sales figures nearly doubling from the previous year. A total of 7,181 Delta 88 Convertibles were manufactured in Lansing, Michigan before production ceased, leaving behind a unique and coveted piece of automotive history.