My father's first and only new car purchased off the showroom floor in 1965 was a very plush Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Luxury Sedan. That massive car was loaded with every option available at the time. It had a sort of blue-green exterior and I recall it had a massive dashboard with a beautiful insert made of real wood. The rest of the interior was adorned with lots of wood and chrome trim and the front and rear seats were like sofas. Two of the things I remember most are the reverb radio and the auto headlight dimmer. It was definitely my father’s Oldsmobile and he drove and maintained it with a great sense of pride. I always felt somewhat important when I was riding in it…LOL. He kept it for 18 years until he was no longer able to drive.
Mario on Jan 24, 2023 said:
Nice car Dave and a great memory shared of your Dad's new car. I looked up the stats on this car and found this worthy of mentioning:
Oldsmobile 98 - 8th Generation (1965 to 1970) Oldsmobile introduced the eighth generation of 98 for the 1965 model year. This updated generation of 98 was offered as a coupe, sedan, convertible, or hardtop, and was built with either a 7.0L (425ci) or 7.5L (455ci) Rocket V8 engine producing 360hp to 400hp. A very powerful V8 for its time.
Great picture of your Dad's new car off the showroom floor. What a thrill that must have been! Cheers, Mario[Reply to this comment]
ghpcnm on Jan 25, 2023 said:
Actually, shortly before he passed away, my father traded it for a smaller car that mother wanted. Yes, I did drive the Ninety-Eight on several occasions when I took him to Doctor's appointments. He preferred to ride in it because of the comfort and I enjoyed driving it. Frankly, I wish I had made room for it, but at the time, there was no room in the inn.[Reply to this comment]