A slate grey, 32 year old, two ton, 148 horsepower Oldsmobile. Sigh. As The Frogman used to sing, I don't know why I love you but I do.
Love is a many splendor thing and its especially true with a rolling bomb like this thing. This car does everything wrong. Too big, too slow, too thirsty, too soft. What's not to love? Gee whiz, it's even a tough to get in and out of coupe; as much as I love the rakish windshield and the lines of those huge doors, from a practical stand point, I have to wonder how many hips got broken tripping over the front shoulder belts getting in and out of these.
They're not even comfortable. These cloth interiors look nice and their fabric gribby but that gribbiness acts more like adhesive tape to your Levi's; you get stuck in the first position your ass hits and you it always feels as though grand dad's toupee is stuck under you.
This is a 98 so it has power seat to help push you north so you can see over that very tall dashboard. As the springs go south as these get older, you need that boost. Drive the very similar 88 of this vintage or even a 98 without the power seat and you'll feel as though you're always reaching up to the steering wheel and struggling to see the hood ornament at the end of a very long hood.
Old even when new, the 1983 Oldsmobile 98 was more like a throwback car to a decade or more prior when a big Oldsmobile meant you had made it but you didn't want to be too flashy with your status symbol. Didn't matter much; by '83, "Yuppies" were already making their presence felt by opting for even more expensive BMWs and Mercedes Benz'. The only people driving these underpowered land yachts were return customers or big, old fart car loving fans like me.
I perhaps see it for what it could or should be. There's nothing about this car a LT-1 or LS-1 swap couldn't cure. That would also mean the transmission, drive shaft and differential would have to be replaced as well and that gets very expensive. Do it right, and that will run you a cool 10 grand. She's for sale in scenic Geneva, Ohio for $5,500. This could get expensive. Quickly.