One of the brand's longest-running nameplates, the 98 was first introduced in 1941. It remained in production for only a couple of years but it returned right after World War II and soldiered on for 50 years and eleven generations.
It was Oldsmobile's range-topping model for all these years and was used to introduce various market-first technologies, including the Hydramatic automatic transmission, the Autronic Eye (automatic headlamp dimmer), and Twilight Sentinel (automatic on/off headlamps).
The 98 became increasingly bigger and more luxurious in the 1960s. In 1969, the body style lineup expanded to include no fewer than six versions when a hardtop variant of the Luxury Sedan trim was added to the options list. The barn-found Olds you see here is part of that lineage.
A two-door convertible finished in white, this land yacht spent 26 years off the road as of 2022. But that didn't stop "SwedeMachine" from saving it and putting it back on the road. Yup, while almost three decades of sitting is enough to render a classic car useless, he resurrected the drivetrain and gave the full-size a proper cleaning, turning it into a beautiful survivor.
Luckily enough, the 98 was still in relatively good shape. Once cleaned, the body revealed only a few rust holes, solid chrome, and a decent paint job. But it's the interior you have to check out because the blue upholstery took all those decades of use and neglect like a champ. Yes, it has a bit of wear and tear but it looks downright fantastic all cleaned up.
The drivetrain proved to be the most difficult part to revive. But even though it took a lot of work and a new carburetor to get the engine running again, at least it came back to life without a rebuild. Speaking of which, this drop-top is no slouch either. Or at least it wasn't when new. Not only the 454-cubic-inch (7.4-liter) Rocket V8 under the hood is massive, but it was also rated at 365 horsepower and a whopping 510-pound-feet (692 Nm) of torque.
See and hear it running again after 26 years in the video below. The footage is quite long but make sure you catch the end because this Olds 98 celebrates its revival with a trip to the beach.