CC Capsule: 1981 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Brougham – Loose Pillow Tumor Syndrome


Bi-monthly mandatory store meetings on Sundays at 6am are the very bane of my existence – but if there was one good thing to come out of our most recent one, it was this 1981 Oldsmobile Delta 88 that was sitting in the parking lot when I got out. As I’ve expressed before, I happen to like these B-body Oldsmobiles a great deal. They have a memorable face that is one of the first things I think of when I hear “Oldsmobile”, and I find their styling most appealing when compared to other contemporary B-bodies.


This isn’t the first time I’ve spotted this Delta 88. I’ve passed it and its driver on the road before, and I have also seen it parked in the very same spot on other occasional Sundays. Its driver is an elderly gentleman who presumably goes to Panera (the only business in the plaza open before 8am) for his Sunday coffee and breakfast. This was the first time I was able to get up close and take pictures of it, and I made a rather interesting discovery.

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This Delta 88 is the top-trim Royale Brougham, which entitled it to the omnipresent “loose pillow” style velour seating. As Oldsmobile’s lesser full-size sedan, the 88’s loose pillow seating was a bit less opulent than the Ninety-Eight Regency’s. While seat bottoms were still adorned with buttons, only the seat backs received the floating cushions.


Peering into it, I noticed that the driver’s seat had spawned a seat bottom loose pillow of its very own! Presumably for added seat height, as opposed to mere Broughamtastic style, I must applaud the owner’s choosing of one that matches the rest of the interior, which was very nice, I might add. Although not an exact match, it does possess the correct amount of buttons!


I hope this Olds continues to be a Sunday morning fixture in the Derby Street Shoppes parking lot. It’s a different piece of scenery to look out at in the wee morning hours, before the big SUVs and CUVs come out to play.


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