This Low Mile Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Brougham Coupe was GM's Last Full-Size Throwback to the 60s

This Low Mile Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Brougham Coupe was GM's Last Full-Size Throwback to the 60s

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00:06
good morning this is bill from out of europe geez good morning this is bill from auto house of naples on a you know what it's not that bad it's not really that bad of a florida tuesday we had a little bit of a front blow through yesterday i couldn't believe it not expecting it hadn't really been checking the weather because frankly why bother the weather's just going to stay hot or it's going to say rainy or it's going to say both and then all of a sudden this big rain storm
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comes through everything gets wet and drenched and i feel like i have trench foot and whatnot and behind it came this lovely crisp low humidity weather that was just absolutely shocking for florida in september so i can't say i'm not chipper i really can't i also heard about ulf a friend of mine a german guy did his car once on a review and he was attacked by a duck and i would just like to point out that i have been predicting this for a long time
01:08
the birds are getting pissed off and they may be coming for us and i mean this duck viciously went after him he came in with a limp with a bandage he didn't want to tell me what had happened but i did pry it out of him and i'm going to try like hell to get him to tell a story on film he actually ended up having to get a lift from neighbors he was hiding behind the mailboxes at his condo because the duck was still looking for him he said he kicked it he kicked it it kept coming back it flew at him it was an incredible story and especially wonderful told with
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a german accent so for the sake of hilarity i'm gonna do what i can to get that going uh today i have this 1984 oldsmobile delta 88 royale uh that's quite a mouthful uh one year before the final rear wheel drive olds and bill uh well certainly the final sedan rear-wheel drive they got i think they kept the wagon going for a while but this was the end of the sort of beginning of the gm downsizing
02:11
uh this body it's a b body it came out in 1977 uh one of the most successful gm platforms of all time probably against their own you know expectations and uh sold very very well and a lot of people went nuts for this car because it was such a damn good car uh it had a variety of engines this one does have the 307 oldsmobile which is a terrific v8 also the last of the rocket 88 uh v8s that uh was going to be offered
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uh i did get some flack for saying oldsmobile and come up with the first mass production v8 the ford flathead i get it okay the first overhead valve mass production v8 and 49 that spawned you know truly an amazing amount of love and affection throughout the years and i still do hold it against gm for killing oldsmobile i think it was completely unnecessary they just shouldn't have done it and he even spawned the first rock and roll song by um
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who though it was actually ike turner but it was uh no i don't know somebody in the delta 88 cruisers or some like that uh it doesn't really matter but it was really truly considered one of the first rock and roll songs and it was spawned by an old spill then there was that uh old-school song in like 1908 about that loose woman who was riding around in a curved dash oldsmobile so for you know a car company that's been long gone it's still pretty widely acclaimed in uh pop culture and still talked about today
03:42
and that's why i bought this thing when i saw it i just i really like two-door full-frame rear drive cars for one thing and i'm also a bit fascinated by oldsonville but anyway there it is we could get into all this you know ransom old style real speed all the stuff i did a couple of days ago if you want to hear a brief history of oldsonville look back for that 76 98 coupe we just did you get it there otherwise we're just going to get into this thing because the sun's coming out and i'm probably too long-winded anyway and
04:14
god knows we don't need to get into politics look at that royale gotta love it here's one little complaint i have is this little trunk lip here that you have to get squeeze in to grab with your two fingers you want to pull up here but you have to get it there that's kind of annoying uh anyway enormous trunk with a tiny spare tire go figure that was the way of the 80s at gm uh you know there's some mats there everything nice and proper still has all the stickers the jacking
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instructions the wire wheel cover that sort of thing and enormous area to put stuff i think at 84 they had dick van patten doing commercials for an old spiel and you know of course they did of course they did why wouldn't they i also believe the amber and red taillights were special uh to this year probably came out in 84. and what a great year 84 was for me and for everyone else i mean you want to talk about pop culture you had madonna doing her
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grindy dance at the mtv music awards he had the gremlins out he had ghostbusters out beverly hills cop uh amadeus it was truly a great year for movies pretty good year for mass shootings as well there was that famous one uh at mcdonald's where a guy killed like 21 people at the time it was the most deadly mass shooting in american history now it's like 57th or something but back then it was a big deal and not just in the united states but also globally
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there were shootings in canada australia europe everyone was going nuts maybe because of the book you know everyone thought orwell was on the way uh anyway uh 307 oldsmobile you can always tell an olds motor by this stick up uh oil filler neck there that's kind of neat and what a great motor this 307 this 5 meter old is just a terrific engine smooth lovely i want to say this one's rated at 140 but you know it feels like more and feels like it has more torque than that
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certainly and it's just a terrific v8 under the hood of this thing uh mated to a turbo hydra 350 great transmission very smooth shifting lovely goes down the road properly uh you know you wouldn't believe the way this thing drives i mean i liked the car until i drove it and then i loved it i mean this thing just drives like a champion let's get that back down now i presume because this is the brome the upscale model uh that's why it has the sort of classic ultimate
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uh badge there on the hood ornament uh while it's also got the rocket osmobile badge there so you've got kind of a conflation of badges which is typical gm you also have the split grill nice stuff that's an olds and bill thing with the quad lamps on the corners uh nice little bumperettes big chrome uh bumper and you know again just classic american styling right down to that big chrome strip in the uh in the middle of the hood the chrome mirrors i just love it also the quarter top with the opera windows you got to like that
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uh those things light up uh you know i did go into advanced auto part to find their opera window section to replace the bulbs and of course then all the badging on this car is hilarious there's the royale brome badging on the vinyl quarter top uh and of course the uh uh osbn logo on the wire wheel covers these coffin lid door handles you know the big impact strip down the side i don't know i just i dig this car
07:48
okay inside loads and loads of red cloth which uh you know looks very very stylish this was a way for people to get my cadillac luxury without actually buying a cadillac you know it's full of chrome full of all sorts of bits from the bee body that just feels very catamach while at the same time being significantly less expensive so people dug that people like dick van patten apparently and uh what was their ad campaign in 85 the gallant man of ultimate bill you have to absolutely love the uh the proper you know sexism
08:21
of the 80s but i just miss it every damn day do i miss that uh you know these giant door panels absolutely amazing big pole strips with uh unashamed fake wood everywhere oddly this one came without power windows we've got these things that no millennium on earth will recognize uh just don't tell them let them try to figure out how to put a window down and that would be kind of fun uh does have power and locks and of course you know again in gea only in gm could you get this top of the line uh brome coupe with window cranks it
08:53
just absolutely kills me there you've got more fake wood and chrome on the back of the seat you got a lovely you know pillowy fluffy uh padded rear place for your canadians with the brome logo there in the center all very lovely and proper you could fit three people back there no issues uh you know this two-door coupe has more room than most modern four-door sedans have been fired up it's all very standard what's that big
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v8 crank the knife and it's even not that big but it's just nice to hear it rumble if i had this thing i'd probably put dual exhaust on it and turbo mufflers just for fun turn the state for our stuff and we get twisted sister on the radio that's great okay here you've got this lovely horizontal uh instrument cluster you know harkening back to 50 years or more of american styling probably one of the last cars to have that's not true they kept it for a while but i still like seeing it anyway uh neat little shiny aluminum
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surrounding the cluster you got a tilt steering column with this lovely little uh hub there with the two little horn buttons nice big potent horn let's get some ac going it's a little bit a little bit humid in here uh you got your light switch over here you've got your column shifter up there uh all very lovely stuff over here you've got your air conditioning more unashamed fake wood i mean they had zero shame about that at all bring it on bring on the fake wood by the yard and the leader uh you've got to now this is you know
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again the sort of ergonomics these cars had okay so i'm sitting here properly where i want to be sitting it's all very nice but i want to adjust my mirror over on the right hand side so to do that i've got to twist that little joystick there next to the stereo so i have to lean forward well now i'm not really set up to see where i'm adjusting the mirror and that's the kind of thing you just kind of live to learn to put up with but it's charming in its own way you do have yet this am fm
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delco what do we got the red hot chili peppers man might have been everything better for everyone if he died under oh i'm kidding i don't want him to die under the bridge anyway we've got a window sticker from this car and the most fantastic users i mean if that's not straight out of 1984 i don't know what it look you've got like what looks like a commodore 64. uh you've got this great you know tron era uh script for the 84 olds and bill remember 84 was also when the olympics
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were in los angeles i think sarajevo as well but all the russians skipped out on los angeles they didn't come the soviets gave up so did the eastern bloc countries previously to them dropping out mcdonald's had tied one of their games to olympic gold medals and would give away free food based on uh you know how many medals the american team won how many gold medals well they didn't expect russia to drop out so they ended up giving away a shitload more big macs than they ever thought they were going
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to and that fresh off a mass shooting so it was not a very good year for mcdonald's uh also during the super bowl came that mcintosh ad the 1984 thing that famous ad where he flung the javelin at that computer screen or whatever it was and that apparently changed super bowl history so anyway 84 very interesting year window sticker uh this could have come with a three-eighth buick engine thank god it didn't it got the upgraded five liter v8 four barrel and uh all this other
12:32
stuff uh you know to bring up the price to a whopping thirteen thousand four hundred and fifty five uh which i think was a pretty damn good value back in 1984 uh which is why it got the approval of dick van patten anyway nice load of books in that weird little glove box off there to the right we also have a lighter let's see if anyone smoked in this car yeah apparently not some wasn't a real lady's car um all right well let's just go for a spin
13:04
yo i've gotten some flack about peter's gate being smoke you know yeah it it sure is and i don't know why and i mean i don't care uh it just is what it is um you know should he speed it up probably you know how does one do that i don't have a clue so i'm just gonna stay out of it and in fact i'm gonna be turning right into the sun so instead of that i'm gonna pause the camera here and uh we will pick it up again when i turn right down the street probably missed that woman with the hat but
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we've seen her enough all right there we go so do you have to remember this car was an absolute gem in the middle of gm's weird malaise period i mean this is when the cavalier the early cavalier was competing uh with the japanese imports and doing a piss-poor job of it although the later cavalier became a pretty good car in its own pathetic middle way but um you know the gm just didn't know what the hell was going on they really didn't have a clue they were downsizing they were upside well they didn't upsize anything but
14:07
uh they were all screwed up and this was truly one of the masked great gm cars so of course they got rid of it i mean why wouldn't they and it was replaced with a you know kind of a nasty little front-wheel drive model that seemed like half the car now when i hopped in this thing to drive it i couldn't believe how much i loved it i really couldn't i mean i know i like these cars and i know that i'm rambling but i mean some cars just are still together and this is one of them and out
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of all the cars that i've done in the last week on these videos these big mugso barges i have to say this is the best driving one and i never would have predicted it i really thought one of the town cars or that big 76 olds that would that would cut the mustard more than any of them but this thing just feels gorgeous i mean the steering feel the road feel and not sporty but just lovely god i could put a million miles on this car there you feel that v8 pep more than
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enough to keep it uh you know going in the flow of traffic it's a great highway cruiser i love that it's a coupe this is one that i would own i have to say this is a car that i would cheerfully uh own myself and you know drive around and maybe put big wheels on it and base in the trunk and you know go commit some major crimes or whatever those kind of cars do but it'd be a lot of fun so anyway there it is this is a 1984 oldsmobile delta 88 royale brome
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coupe i mean you know i'm starting to realize why they did shorten all the names to numbers and letters it just became a bit over the top by the time they finished with these things that was a little bit silly but what a great driving car and what a throwback to a true you know american big-bodied coop uh you know the last of really the great olds and beers other than the wagons maybe and uh forever after it just became sort of weird uh planned obsolescence front-wheel drive things that just didn't work out
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that well i mean i liked some of them but they really didn't work out that well cars like this are more sealed in time easier to have as collectibles and uh will continue to hang around as long as you want to maintain them and that's pretty cool stuff so anyway there it is 84 olds i'm not going to say that name again delta 88 uh 70 what does this thing have 74 000 miles it's available at the auto house of naples on the website uh 239 263 8500
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or www.autohousenaples.com don't go to the old audi europa site it's defunct it's gone we're moving forward with the uh with the new system so if you have an interest in this one give the guys a call thank you very much for having a look we appreciate it we'll see you with the next one take care
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mmm you

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