|Classic Used Oil Generators: 1969 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday Coupe|
By Vern Parker
When this luxurious, yet somewhat sporty, 1969 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday Coupe was new, young Scott Phillips was living with his parents in the Panama Canal Zone.
Because of his locale at the time the young man never saw the myriad of American automobiles that he would have seen had he been in the continental United States.
Decades later Phillips was in the United States and in 2012 he spotted for sale a 1969 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday Coupe in an old car magazine. Month after month the Oldsmobile appeared for sale. Eventually the seller dropped the price in September, 2012. That is when Phillips lept at the chance to acquired his Oldsmobile.
After renting a car in Virginia he drove to Manchester, New Hampshire to see the car.
Only Oldsmobile's official terminology described the car as a Holiday Coupe. Everyone else simple called it a two-door hardtop.
He found everything on the Olds as it should be and purchased it on September 10, 2012. Three weeks later the Olds was trucked to his Oakton, Virginia, home. At that time the odometer had recorded 96,000 miles.
Records that came with the car show that it was built in May, 1969 and that it left the factory wearing a coat of Palomino Gold on the way to a dealer in York, Pennsylvania.
Other records indicate that only 27,041 such Olds models were built, all of them on a lengthy 127-inch wheelbase. The 4,358-pound car had a base price of $4,462.
Once Phillips had the old Olds at home he set about assuring that it was roadworthy. The front end was aligned, he says.
Likewise, the entire brake system was replaced on the sensible theory that stopping is more important than going. All of the rubber parts were replaced.
"The vacuum advance on the distributor was adjusted,” Phillips says, "and now she goes good as new.” Of course, the Olds delivers 10 mpg which doesn't go far on the 26-gallon fuel tank.
"It takes premium gasoline,” Phillips reports. "She's a thirsty one.”
The Rocket 455-cubic-inch V-8 engine develops the 365-horsepower needed to propel the 18-foot, 8-inch plus long car.
The 80-inch-wide Oldsmobile rolls on 15-inch tires and when moving, the car, according to Phillips, provides "all the authority you deserve.”
Optional extras on the car include:
▪ Vinyl top.
▪ Map light.
▪ Duel exhaust.
▪ Power antenna.
▪ 6-way power seat.
▪ Vacuum trunk release.
▪ Rear 2-speed defroster.
▪ Rim blow horn steering wheel.
▪ Tilt and rocket travel steering wheel.
▪ AM/FM stereo radio with 2 speakers. Phillips has driven his rejuvenated Oldsmobile about 2,500 miles and, he adds, "not one leak in all those miles.”
Whenever he settles into the comfortable parchment colored vinyl upholstered driver;s seat he thinks, "This is the nicest car I've ever owned.”