1969 Olds 98s: Two Or Four Doors?

Oldsmobile 98s

I must be getting old but I love these big old sedans.. This Olds four door listed on craigslist near Minneapolis sure looks nice! And Brian found a gold treasure, this two door near Seattle can be found here on craigslist. They both have the 455 cid 365HP engine with a 4 barrel carb mated to a “jetway” aka hydra-matic transmission. They are loaded with all the amenities of a barge of the era, including a rear makeup station in the four door, and everything works. On the four door, the owner has done all the mechanicals including tuneup, coolant and a starter to get it roadworthy. $6,500 seems like a reasonable asking price to me for a four door with just 59,000 miles. The two door with only 31,000 miles is a bit more pricey at $95oo, but it is a two door. They both seem ready to cruise down the boulevard, burning up those dinosaurs! Which would you choose, what’s your style? Perhaps the green one with more doors, a makeup station, vinyl roof and cloth seats for a bit less money and a few more miles? Or perhaps you prefer Brian’s find, gold, fewer doors and lower miles for a few extra thousands.


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  1. jim s

    i would go with the 4dr. the difference in price is too great and the seller of the 4dr has done a much better job on the listing. great finds

  2. Vince Habel

    Don’t care for the color on either of them but I would go with the 2 door.

  3. George

    I guess it depends on how large an apartment you need on the street. Either one would be great for road trips.

    The 4 door looks to be in immaculate condition, and extremely clean since the pictures are from before it was vacuumed. I also love the tag “…aircraft carrier…” The 2 door is definitely lacking in pictures. They had the hood up and didn’t take any picture of the engine compartment? The price differential would probably put me in the 4 door.

  4. JW454

    I would go with the 2 door. I even like that seventies gold interior.

  5. Ed P

    Both cars look great, but I am partial to the four door.

  6. Utes

    Those are T400 cars…..the Jetaway was a 2-speed hydro that expired in 1969. Most always found in A-bodies, compacts, or low-end fullsize GM’s.

  7. Barzini

    This is one of the few cars where the 4 door model appeals to me more than the 2 door.

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  8. Alan (Michigan)


    Our family had a ’68 Delta 88, with the 455/2 barrel setup. No B-pillar.

    Cruise all day long at 80. That was a great car.

    Either one of these would work for me. Love the cloth seat fabric weave.

    Always will be nostalgic about the Oldsmobiles. Pontiacs too. *sigh*

  9. Herb

    Here is a photo of my 69 98 Luxury Sedan. My car is all original with only 42k miles and I would not sell it for even twice what this guy is asking for his. I love all 69/70 model Oldsmobile 98s Buick Electras and Cadillacs and I own one example of each so my views are more or less based on facts I found during ownership. However, I do feel that the Oldsmobile 98 is the best looking out of the bunch. The 4 door model 98 with the center post is the best looking sedan of this era including the Imperials and Lincolns too. If I had to pick the sedan or the coupe, I would not only pick the sedan, I would be happy to pay more for a sedan over a coupe or a convertible in the 98 lineup. That 98 is not only a sedan, it’s the top of the line Luxury Sedan which is a very rare car to find anymore. It has luxury features inside it like the Fleetwood Brougham. In fact, the 98 has a few things in it that the Cadillac and the Electra do not have. The 98 ride seems a little smoother than my Buick or Cadillac and my 69 98’s Rocket 455 will out run both my 70 Electra’s 455 and my 70 Cadillac 500 as well. I know because I tried it. All of these cars were built when GM was King of the world. If you had a new Caddy, an Olds 98 or a Buick Electra in your driveway during the 1960’s, 1970’s up until the early 80’s, you really were the hot shot on your block.

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  10. Herb

    Here is a photo of my original unrestored 69 98 Luxury Sedan with only 41k original miles. Many happy childhood times my brother and I had playing in the back seat of the Luxury Sedan. Now, as adults, we sometimes sit in the back seat and we go right back 40 years to our childhood. How can you put a price on that? I would not part with my car for anything.

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  11. Roderick McCastle

    Is this car still available ??

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