74 Olds 98 Regency Coupe A.C.R.S

Discussion in 'Ebay Parts and Cars' started by jalopi42, May 17, 2019 at 5:29 AM.

  1. jalopi42

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  2. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    Nice Olds!! I did a good bit of research on the A.C.R.S. a few years ago and your 200 number may be a bit light. Olds had it available across the line in the full size cars unlike Buick which only had it in the Riv & Electra. There were right around 1000 Electra's and a few over 300 Rivs with the option in 74 so 200 might be a little low for the 98's figures. Regardless a very rare and highly interesting option. Also, the Regency was first offered in 72, that was Oldsmobiles 75th annv and the Regency package was introduced. Good luck with the sale, someone will get a great car to work with.
     
  3. Bad Boattail

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    From the book "Road Hogs: Detroit's Big, Beautiful Luxury Performance Cars of the 1960s and the 1970's"
    About the model years 1974, 1975 and 1976 Ninety-Eight models:

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  4. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    There were 10,000 built between Olds, Buick and Cadillac in the the 74-76 run, we know 1000 Electra's were built with it in 74, it also stands to reason a few more Buick's would have it than Olds. A few hundred, what exactly is a few hundred?? Being Buick sold 1000 of the 74 Electra's with it, it would make sense for the 98's to have sold on a couple hundred with it. Probably 400-600 would be a good number to work with.

    We had good friends back in that era that bought a brand new Cadillac in 74. The wife was driving home(drunk) from a party 3 nights after they got it and ran over an embankment and hit a tree. The ACRS saved her life all reports indicated and she didn't even realize the car was equipped with it. They each had a Cadillac and alternated new ones every other year. She made sure her replacement had it as did her 76 and his 75. There was recently one of the 1000 Chevy's that had them in 73 (test fleet) listed for sale on ebay,
     
  5. Bad Boattail

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    A ''few hunderd'' in 3 years time, even when that means that the total number is 600, that's still an average of 200 a year.
    So the 200 figure that Bill is using on eBay sounds very realistic for 1974 [​IMG]
     
  6. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    If the Electra had 1000 the first year(74), 2oo for a 98 is not realistic at all, it is probably in the 400-600 range.
     
  7. Bad Boattail

    Bad Boattail Guest

    Just let the man sells his car: maybe someone comes up with the exact numbers [​IMG]

     
  8. jalopi42

    jalopi42 Don't Wait

    My source seems very credible from the oldsmobileclub of America he was a salesman in 74 and sold these cars and knows much about them the production numbers he stated was 200 98’s In 2 and four-door and The same for the Delta 88 that’s all I have to go on good luck to anybody else That can find more
     
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  9. jalopi42

    jalopi42 Don't Wait

    I wish I could document it like graveyard Carz how many sage green 2 door coupe Regency’s with first year airbag options were produce let alone how many are out there I’ll go on a limb and say I’ve got the only one ..
     
  10. gsx455-4ever

    gsx455-4ever Gold Level Contributor

    X2 . There were only a "FEW" of them . It is a rare car .Good luck with the sale . Its amazing what some people want to argue over .

    As some one who worked at a large Buick dealer in those years I only saw 1 . We were always told Olds was the "test subject car " for GM . Olds usually got it first .
     
  11. Bad Boattail

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    I also understand what Keith is saying, there is logic in that. And I know Keith is very much into luxury cruisers like this.
    Don't look at it as arguing, but I like numbers, because they don't lie when they come from a reliable source.
    But without a reliable source (like Buick has the Sloan Museum) for those figures, nobody can say for sure how many were built.

    I like the car and I hope that Bill can sell it for a nice price!
    Will even promote it a bit here in Europe [​IMG]
    (o wait: it's not a Buick, have to find an Oldsmobile Smiley now....)
     
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  12. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    Also keep in mind the first 1000 tested were in Chevy Caprices and Impala's not Oldsmobiles. This was not an Olds development item, this was a GM item. The first one sold to the public was a 74 Toro built in Oct 73, the first Buick with the option built the beginning of Dec 6. So, this was not a case of "Olds got it first", this was an across the board GM development and available on the 3 senior GM divisions.

    Don't get me wrong, I love this Olds, it is a unique example that any owner would be proud of. I hope someone that really appreciates these big luxury boats snaps it up.

    I imagine the car will end up in Europe when it is all said and done.


    I have a few friends with ACRS equipped cars, one of the most impressive is this checklist 76 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham.

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  13. Bad Boattail

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    I absolutely love the Cadillac.
    Imagine how good (I mean: even better) those would have looked as a 4 drs hardtop sedan:

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    That front is so impressive!

    I saw a 1974 Fleetwood Talisman at a show in Springfield, IL, amazing car with the double console interior.
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2019 at 11:21 AM
  14. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    One has to wonder what the thought process was behind making them a sedan, possibly the extra length was just to much for a hardtop configuration. Thankfully they didn't do it or the Electra wouldn't hold the record for longest hardtop
     
  15. jalopi42

    jalopi42 Don't Wait

    Thanks fellas for the kind words on the olds !! Does this caddy have EFI ?
     
  16. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal


    Yes, it has EFI. he informed me there is one option as a standard Fleetwood that wasn't ordered, it doesn't have a hole in the roof,
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2019 at 6:55 PM

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