This is an interesting rare car with only 21,083 original miles on it… it was literally driven by a Little Old Lady…my Grandmother.
At age 70, she bought it new and drove only during the day for a few years to church, grocery store, and doctor. At 80, she stopped driving due to cataracts and from that point, she was chauffeured by others in their cars.
In 1984, the car had @19,000 miles on it… which I know for sure. After begging my Grandmother, she let me use the car to take my family to Gatlinburg on vacation. After 1990, when the last “Wheel Tax” sticker was purchased for the car (see windshield picture), apparently she gave up on ever driving it again.
For many years, the family kept suggesting that she sell the car but as it sometimes goes with older folks, she saw it as part of her independence and emphatically wanted to keep it. She passed in 2008 at age 104.
The car was mostly stored in a covered garage, until her condo was sold in 2012. After that, it was stored outside at a relative’s house until it was given to me in late 2018.
Unfortunately, time was not kind to the car having been exposed to the elements for so long. The exterior was in poor condition with paint deterioration and rust in places. Although there was also some rust and mold on the inside, the seats and interior held up well.
Noted was a less than perfect re-paint job which appeared to be quite old… possibly done due to excessive “car washes”. There appears to be an amateur dent repair to the rear passenger side door, under the handle, where a dent puller was used. It’s the only place I can find any sign of “Bondo”.
Before driving it, I started with a cursory clean-up inside and out, to evaluate the cars true condition. It was lubed, the gas, engine oil, transmission fluid and radiator were drained and then refilled with new. Needed hoses and filters were also replaced.
Following recommended procedures for a long-term stored vehicle, we fired it up and to my surprise, it ran quite well. Knowing that the car was viable, I had it towed to a friend’s garage where we continued to clean it up inside and out… as best could be.
The ignition switch was unjammed, the windshield was replaced, paint was buffed, and a handful of hickory nut and small passenger side dents were removed by a Professional Dent Doctor. As you’ll see in the pictures, the chrome cleaned up nicely with just chrome polish… the Phoenix had Arisen!
Feeling confident that the beast was somewhat road worthy, I took it on a 12-mile back road “test drive” where it performed well for a 43-year-old car. I even got it up to 47 MPH until the speedometer cable broke.
Overall condition is very good!
It drives, changes gear, and stops however, here’s a few problems:
Paint has stains and is rough in several places
Heater core (bypassed)
Speedometer/odometer (cable broke during test drive)
Electric seat adjuster
Left turn signal
Cracked left tail light lens
Other issues may exist but have not yet been discovered, so the car is sold “AS IS” with no representations as to its condition or fitness for any purpose.
|VIN (Vehicle Identification Number):||3J29R6D15075||Mileage:||21083|
|Number of Cylinders:||8||Make:||Oldsmobile|
|Body Type:||Sedan||Trim:||Body by Fisher|
|Warranty:||Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty||Engine:||350 4 Barrel|
|Vehicle Title:||Clear||Drive Type:||RWD|
|Power Options:||Air Conditioning, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats||Fuel Type:||Gasoline|
|Exterior Color:||Burgundy||For Sale By:||Private Seller|
|Interior Color:||Burgundy||Drive Side:||Left-hand drive|