CC For Sale: 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Holiday Sedan – One Owner Since New, Garaged In Central America

Not many of these ’67-’70 Oldsmobile Delta 88s have appeared at CC, so I figured sharing this one for sale in Central America was a reasonable idea. A one-owner car since its purchase in 1967, that seems to have been used little and carries the damages of long-term storage.

CC readers know that I occasionally share vehicles that appear on my Salvadorian FB Marketplace feed. I try not to over-share these finds as these aren’t near the US, and it makes little sense to get readers excited about cars where purchases carry import duties and other hassles. Still, this being a one-family car since new makes for a somewhat interesting find.

The car’s condition suggests the ad is truthful, and looks to have been stored for quite a while. Years, likely. Still, it looks remarkably original; a quality not common over here. Then, there’s the normal damage of storage in a tropical country. Some nicks on the chrome, damage on the front bumper, some brittle plastics, and other paint damage.

Other than the tinted windows, I see little that isn’t spec.

To be precise, today’s model is a Delta 88 Holiday Sedan. For ’67, these still rode on the ’65’s B-body platform. The Delta was the higher trim of the Olds B-body full-size models, perched above the short-lived Delmont 88s. As for the Holiday moniker, it was Olds-speak for hardtops. Last, all these carried a variation or another of Olds’ Rocket V8 engines.

These proudly wore the chiseled and expressive looks trickling down from the ’66 Toronado. As for production numbers, these ‘plain’ Holiday sedans moved about 22K units. A pretty good showing for an upscale brand like Olds.

Regarding its location, it’s near the town of Juayua in Western El Salvador. An area filled with coffee plantations and where coffee barons lived in luxury until the 1980s Civil War.

That aside, there are remnants of that splendor in those coffee plantation towns; from large luxury houses, to –apparently– hacienda garages hiding old American cars.

It makes sense that a Salvadorian upper-class family would favor an upscale American brand back in the ’60s. German luxury makes were just making (significant) inroads at the time, and brands such as Cadillac and Buick still carried significant cachet. I can also see such a car being stored indefinitely by such a family and getting little use.

That little use is too evident on this Delta 88’s dusty engine bay. No mention of which version of the many available Rocket V8s in ’67 is under this one’s hood. I do presume it’s a low-mileage car, but no idea how much refurbishment will be needed. Soft bits like hoses and electrics just don’t do well in this humid and hot environment.

I assume the market for these is too soft to justify the whole trouble (owner is asking 9K). That said, my mind has occasionally wandered into “Should I..? When will I find another American car from the ’60s so original? Shouldn’t I preserve all that patina?”

Of course, I know I shouldn’t; mostly because I couldn’t. Should you care to check out the listing, it’s here. 


Related CC reading:

Car Show Classic: 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 Convertible: A Dynamic Convertible With A Frumpy Name

COAL: 1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 – All Aboard The Green Bus

Cohort Pic(k) Of The Day: 1970 Oldsmobile Delta 88 – Frozen Delta