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Orville Sinnott of Edmonton, Alberta has been buying cars for about 60 years. His first car was a Chevrolet Bel-Aire of 1950s vintage. In the six decades he has been buying vehicles, there is a common trait each one shares, sheer size. By his own admission, he wouldn’t ever be behind the wheel of anything populating the compact class of the automobile industry. This week’s Custom Cruise Friday feature is Sinnott’s 1984 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency Coupe. He has owned the car for about six months and it is a special vehicle for a number of reasons.
“I like a big car,” Sinnott said. “I don’t want a dinky little thing.”
Certainly, the first thing a person will notice about the Olds Ninety-Eight is its sheer size. From tip to tail, Sinnott’s car measures in at a little more than 18 feet long, which is roughly the same size as a 2016 Chevy Suburban. Furthermore, the 1984 Oldsmobile has a curb weight of about 4,000 pounds. Additionally, this was the last year big, heavy, rear-wheel drive land yachts were built under the Oldsmobile brand. Starting in 1985, Olds cars were of the smaller, midsize variety with unitized construction, front-wheel drive and more fuel-efficient V-6 engines.
For being more than 30 years old, Sinnott has described his 1984 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency Coupe as being almost like new. After purchasing it from the original owner during the past spring, only a few minor repairs have been needed. Since then the car has run smoothly as though it just rolled off of the assembly line.
As far as options found in the car, Sinnott said that it is fully-loaded and has just about everything that a car of this type could possible come with. Additionally, the previous owner worked in the parts department of a General Motors dealership. This proved to be fortuitous for Sinnott because he was given several boxes and bags of new parts and component as well as everything needed to properly store the car for the upcoming winter season.
The Oldsmobile has a 5.0-liter, V-8 engine under the hood with a four-barrel carburetor. Sending power to the back wheels is a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Certainly one of the most outstanding portions of the car is its opulent and plush interior covered in a deep red velour upholstery.
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