Top Of The Line: The 1969 Olds 98
During the halcyon days of automaking in the U.S., the Big Three were all about having every base covered, and they were serious about making sure that they offered something to fit the tastes and budgets of all consumers.
General Motors actually was able to serve as its own competition in many of these niches through its various divisions so in the big picture they were hard to compete with a lot of the time.
When it comes to the top-of-the-line big luxury car the standard bearer for the Oldsmobile division of General Motors was the 98 from its debut before World War II in 1941 all the way through the 1996 model year. A car that lasted for more than five decades certainly counts as a success, and the Oldsmobile 98 is a car that will never be forgotten and there are many classic years to highlight. This time we will take a look at the 1969 Oldsmobile 98.
The 1969 Olds 98 appeared near the end of the seventh generation of the vehicle. The car was 6.7 feet wide with a 127 inch wheelbase and it was quite the whale, tipping the scales at a little over 2 tons. The standard engine in the 1969 Oldsmobile 98 was the 455 Rocket V8, a powerful engine designed to move a lot of steel; it was rated at 365 hp.
Standard equipment included the Hydra-Matic 400 tranny and power everything including the seats, the windows, the steering and the brakes. As a sign of the times, one of the options was an eight track stereo tape deck so you could jam out in style. Other options included a remote-controlled driver-side mirror and a retractable powered antenna.
The 1969 Oldsmobile 98 was a powerful, quiet top-of-the-line boat that came with all the bells and whistles, and if you are fortunate enough to have one of these classics today you certainly have the ability to cruise down the road in total comfort.