Not Far From Driver Status: 1960 Oldsmobile 98

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This 71,000 mile 1960 Oldsmobile 98 has had some of the work done to resurrect it, but still has some finishing work to be completed before you can drive it. It’s located in Phoenix, Arizona and is listed for auction here on eBay. Bidding is just over $1,000 as I write this and there’s no reserve–I’m guessing it will go higher, though, because this is a really nice car.

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Yes, this is a car being sold on quickly, but the seller tells us that up front and has completed enough work on the car to get it quasi-running (details below). They note that the car has spent its time in California and Arizona, and therefore only has rust on the lower front fenders. It’s been repainted once; based on what the Arizona sun can do to paint I’m guessing that was the reason.

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The seller notes that the car not only has all the trim in place, there’s actually two complete sets of wheel covers in the trunk! It’s not often that a find like this comes with extra components; usually we’re contemplating how to find whatever’s missing! Compare the lines on this car to the 1959 Oldsmobile 98 we recently featured. I think they are both really attractive cars!

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As the seller says, the condition of the interior backs up the relatively low mileage claim. Those are really nice original seats! There’s a surprise under the dash as well; an aftermarket air conditioning system. Hopefully it can be refurbished for use! Surprisingly, there are no cracks in either the dash pad or the steering wheel, although the top of the back seat has some damage from the sun. The options on this 98 include power seats and windows as well as power brakes. You will need to replace the carpeting; I was able to find a fully molded carpet set here for less than $170. I sure wish I could find molded carpeting sets for my cars for that price! The more I look at this Oldsmobile, the more I like it.

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The seller goes into a lot of detail as to what they have discovered mechanically, including that the car now starts if you add fuel directly to the carburetor (it will then run off the factory tank). There are some starter motor issues, a crack in the water neck housing that should be welded, and the intake valley pan needs new seals as well. However, the car is moving in both forward and reverse, and after some relatively minor work and going over the brakes, should at least be able to take it’s first test drive in a long time. I’d love to be that person taking that drive; how about you? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below, and if you bid on this and win it, can I go for a ride?

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Comments

  1. Stang1968

    Looks like a nice solid car but it has a face that only a mother could love!

    • Dean

      I like the ’59 from a few days ago better – the fronts are equally ugly and unappealing, but the fins and taillights on the ’59 did a better job of masking the overall slab side looks of both cars. There sure was a LOT of sheet metal on cars from that era!

  2. DENIS

    I think it looks like a nice buy. Not particularly popular but what a helluva car to detail and cruise on Sunday….

  3. Jim

    Looks like it could be a driver while you restore it or just attend to all the small stuff and enjoy it. Perfect entry level car. Somebody’s getting a good car.

  4. Texas Tea

    Honest car. I like it. Maybe turn out to be a good buy.

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