Doesn’t look like 108,000 miles, does it? I’m thankful that the seller isn’t trying to present this car as an 8,000 mile creampuff! Oldsmobile was chosen to pace the 1977 Indy 500, and produced two actual pace cars (which had a really cool looking targa top arrangement) and 2,401 Delta 88 Royale Coupe replicas for sale to the general public, of which this is one. It can be found in Melbourne, Florida and is being auctioned off here on eBay. Bidding is just over $2,000 at the moment and the reserve is not met, although there’s the back side of a for sale sign visible here in the auction listing where the car was priced locally at $9,500.
The seller states that the horizontal surfaces of the hood, top and trunk were repainted in an amateur fashion, and that has turned the car into a “15 footer” and recommend repainting those areas. They also state that while the front bumper is in excellent condition, the rear is starting to show surface rust. There’s some documentation along with the car, and the current seller purchased it from the original owner’s daughter.
As you can see, there’s some nice clean lines on this car, although a story here states that the cars were a hard sell at the time due to the bold paint scheme. I find that interesting, especially since the actual pace car graphics were optional. By the way, the car in that link sold for $17,600 in 2013 but it only had 534 documented miles. In case you’re wondering about a price range, here’s another one that is in not as nice shape that sold a little while back for $3,800.
The seller describes the interior as “excellent”, and it does look very nice in the pictures. Before you get thrown off by the floor mats, there’s an original set of GM red mats in the trunk. The air conditioning works (!) and is said to blow ice-cold (!!) and has even had the compressor and drier just replaced (!!!). The cruise control doesn’t, however, and you’re going to have to fix the antenna to get the aftermarket radio working.
This is the original 403 cubic inch V8, which is said to run well with no smoke or unusual noises. The seller has just had a new exhaust system installed and has also replaced the tires with replicas of the original ones. If you like the large coupes from the late 1970’s, this seems like a pretty decent deal to me. What do you think?