365HP 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible

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At 18 feet long, this 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 convertible is big, but the length isn’t the only big part of this car, it also has a big engine with big horsepower and the interior is big on options. The seller has this golden droptop posted here on craigslist in Lido Beach, New York and they’re asking a big price, too: $29,425! Here is the original listing, and thanks to PRA4SNW for sending in this big tip!

The sixth-generation Oldsmobile 88 was made from 1965 through 1970 and they were based on GM’s B-body platform, which also underpinned the Pontiac Bonneville and Catalina, the Buick Wildcat and LeSabre, and the Chevrolet Bel Air, Impala, and Caprice. Oldsmobile would borrow jet age names from the U.S. Air Force for a few of their models, including the Starfire, Jetstar, and Delta 88, which they reportedly got from the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger, a strategic inceptor jet made during the cold war to intercept Soviet bombers. Uffff, what an era. 

This white-topped gold-over-champagne Delta 88 convertible looks like a winner from the photos that the seller has provided. The seller says that this car is “RUST FREE”, all of the body panels are original, and it only has traveled 55,000 miles over the last 56 years. We don’t know if it’s the original paint or not, but it appears to be in really nice condition. They show a few underside photos and it looks solid. A dry-ice-blasting session would do wonders for cleaning up the underside.

The interior looks fantatsic, I don’t see a glaring flaw anywhere inside, do you? It’s unusual to not see power windows here since almost everything else is power-operated. Here’s a photo from this same angle when the top is down. The champagne vinyl seats and 2/3 of the door panels, along with gold carpet that continues up the bottom of the doors, is a classy look. For what is definitely a huge car with a full back seat, there isn’t a photo showing the rear seat at all, sadly. I’m assuming that it’s as nice back there as it is everywhere else. Hagerty is hovering around the $27k mark for a #2 excellent car, just for the record.

The big deal with this big car, or one of the biggest deals, is this big Super Rocket 425-cu.in. OHV V8 engine, which would have had 365 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque from the factory. It’s backed by a GM Turbo-Hydramatic 400 automatic. This car even has air-conditioning, which I didn’t expect to see in this era and especially on a convertible. The seller doesn’t say how it runs other than “drive anywhere”, which is a good testimonial in my book. Now, about that big price…

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  1. Big_FunMember

    This was on ebay last week; it was priced at $28,999 or best offer.
    Beautiful car…with smaller market appeal than a Chevy of the same year. Buick and Pontiac had some lookers this year, too. Not to mention other brands.
    Oh, I like the car. Would rather spend that amount of money on a Wildcat, or GP convertible. Now…could that be achieved is another thing.

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    • Civileyes CivileyesMember

      Well said. I have a 67 GP convertible. 67 was a great year for “different” cars. If I wasn’t in love with her I’d think about this beauty.

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  2. JE Vizzusi

    I remember when my dad came home with a new 1964 Olds Cutless Supreme in Ivory with a tan interior. It was a block long, very similar body style as the Delta 88 but sportier. Same huge power 425ci 325hp. First race I had was with a Datson 240z leaving her yes her, in the dust. Loved it because it was so huge you could get easily 6 in the car at the drive-in. A good market value for this boat would be 8-10k
    jv -smash palace

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    • Snotty

      Hi friend. Didn’t make a Supreme until 67′ and unfortunately Olds. did not put a 425 into a Cutlass. V-8 choices were a 330 or 400 400 only in a 442.

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      • RicoBabalu

        My first car was a ’67 Delta 88. Not a convertible. I like almost everything I see about this but the steering wheel. I don’t think that’s original. Yes it’s also unusual to see manual windows. Not worth $27K to me, but hopefully the seller will be able to get what he wants.

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      • Will Fox

        Thank you. You beat me to it.

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      • Joe Padavano

        Snotty, actually the first time the Supreme nameplate was used by Olds was in the 1966 model year, but only on a version of the Cutlass Holiday Sedan (4dr HT body style). 1967 was the first year that the Supreme was a separate model line with multiple body styles.

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      • Timothy Christopher McGraw

        You’re right about that snotty the 455 V8 didn’t appear in the 88 until September of 1968 for the 1969 model year. My mom had a 69 Delta 88 Royale two-door with a 455 2 barrel dual exhaust V8 it was gold with the same interior as is Delta 88 which was the dash was a different color than the seats the seats were white to dash was gold and it was perforated vinyl or you could get leather optional

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      • johnny

        Also, the 425 made it’s debut in 1965, wasn’t ever available in a Cutlass. An unreal powerful engine. I put one in my 60 El Camino in ’72 and could break the tires loose at 40 mph!

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    • Dave

      The 1964 Cutlass’s largest v-8 was a 330 cubic in. engine and was an 442 option. I ordered/ purchased a 65′ 442. 400 cubes, 345 HP.

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    • Dave

      That “Boat” in the condition as listed with 55,000 miles is worth more than 8-10K.

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  3. Maggy

    She’s priced about right imo nowadays and if it’s as clean as they say it is and this is what you want I think it’s worth it.glwts.

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  4. Big Bear 🇺🇸

    Another beautiful Olds.. I just wish the seller took 4 pictures of the dash to show us everything. Would love this also in my driveway just like the 98 Olds convertible. I noticed the older I got I appreciate the big cars like this with the big motors today. The price is a tough one. Market value and the economy today I would put it at $ 24,500. I hope the seller gets there price. But I doubt it. 🐻🇺🇸

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  5. Stan

    Beautiful Barge from the Generals Oldsmobile division.

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  6. local_sheriff

    This is a great barge from when GM was doing what they were best at. The transmission here shouldn’t only be a TH400, but a ‘switch pitch’ version with variable vanes in the converter shared with fullsize Buicks ’64-’67. It made a higher stall speed from off idle and was there to help the larger GM barges get out of the hole quicker than would be normal with a fixed vane converter. The ‘heel’ in the transmission pan in pic #14 is a tell-tale sign of this version of the TH400.

    While I don’t really complain about it being a ‘vert IMHO this body looks exceptionally sharp in 2dht

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    • maggy

      A high school friend back in 82 had a 68 Delmont with a 455 2bbl. and a turbo 400 with a switch pitch converter. Awesome smoke shows.

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  7. Grey O’Brien

    RicoBabalu the steering wheel is original. That’s the style of steering wheel that cars received when they were ordered with the optional tilt and telescopic steering wheel.

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    • Mike McConnell

      My Dad had 2 67 Delmont 88’s. Like you said one had tilt and telescoping.
      Same wheel. The other didn’t. Cheaper looking 2 spoke if I recall

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  8. Joe Padavano

    Another “special order” claim with zero substantiating proof. Everything on that car is regular production option, so there was no “special order” needed. You just needed to check the boxes on the order form. And since the exhaust system is clearly a replacement, there is no way to know if this is the RPO L74 365 HP motor or the RPO L75 375 HP motor, or the base 310 HP motor.

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  9. Angel_Cadillac_Diva Angel Cadillac DivaMember

    I love the styling of the ’67 Olds. The parking lights in-between the headlights and that small pointy grill.
    I’m not sure, someone will correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought on one of the Olds models they also had 4 taillights, 2 in the body and 2 in the bumper, just like my ’65 Dynamic 88.

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    • Bobch

      Yes some Deltas had 4 tail lights. I believe it was called the Delta 88 Custom. Also the front lights between the headlights were on the Delta 88 only. Not on the lowere level Delmont 88

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      • Angel_Cadillac_Diva Angel Cadillac DivaMember

        Yay! Thanks, Bobch, I’m not crazy!
        Well, at least concerning this.

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    • 64 Bonneville

      67 Delta had the “upper and lower” taillights. May have been the Delta Custom, which came with bucket seats and a console as a no cost option. I have a 67 Delmont88 425 2 door hardtop in the same color as this ragtop. 425 2 barrel motor L79, I think @ 310HP, but my old age could be confusing me.

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  10. Bobch

    The 1968’s had the 455. My dad had a 68 Delmont 88 with the 455

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    • Kyle

      The Delta 88 Custom had the 4 taillights

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    • Kevin

      You stole my thunder, I owned a 68 delta 88 base, had the 455 2-barrel, only 310 hp, but had 490 lb. Ft. Of torque, lots of smoky burnouts, would leave 1/8inch thick single patches of rubber up to 40 feet long, lol, and no I didn’t actually get out a tape measure! Fun times though.

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  11. BMan Lewis

    That’s a Raw Old “Delly”… someone’s gonna have a good time in that big boy

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  12. Richard

    This musta been my 1973 88 Royale’s older sister. Mine was white over Aztec gold. It had the 455-4 and AC and manual windows. Olds had 2 gold options in 1973.
    Manual windows on a big convertible are a pain. You can’t open or close it without a walk around or change the wind blowing through on the move. The 425 would dust the smogged out 455. High octane Ethyl.
    The 2-barrels were supposed to be highway cruisers and better on fuel. Probably had bigger valving than the primaries on a 4v.
    Love to own ol’ Ethyl but she’d take up all of my 1965 tract home garage.

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