The 98 was Oldsmobile’s flagship model for a whopping 12 generations from 1941 to 1996. The 1962 convertible version remains a favorite to this day. Here’s why.
History of the Oldsmobile 98
Introduced in 1941, the 90 series was created to be the top-of-the-line model of Oldsmobile’s family of vehicles and featured an 8-cylinder engine, hence the “98.” By its seventh iteration, produced in 1961-1964, the Oldsmobile 98 had reached the peak of its beauty. Only 3,698 convertible 98s were produced in 1962, but they are relatively easy to find today.
The Oldsmobile 98 featured such luxury refinements in 1962 as air scoop brakes, padded dash, foam rubber seats, power steering, seat, windows and brakes, with cloth, vinyl or leather interior options available. A Safety-vee steering wheel, Roto Hydramatic transmission and a Safety spectrum speedometer came standard on all models. Beginning in 1961, the controversial Roto Hydramatic three-speed replaced the expensive Jetaway Hydramatic. This resulted in a more cost-effective build, but sales ultimately suffered as a result.
At the Wheel of the 1962 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
Despite the newly introduced transmission in 1961, the 330 horsepower 1962 convertible model still drives like a luxurious dream. Today, it is easy to find examples of this drop top in great condition. It’s even easier to find parts for this classic if you’re undergoing a restoration project. No matter which version of this fantastic automobile you find yourself working on or driving in, you’re sure to get a lot of looks and questions from curious pedestrians. Even though the seventh generation of the Oldsmobile 98 was the subject of some controversy surrounding its new transmission, it is a great-looking classic vehicle, and it’s still a joy to drive!
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