Looks can be deceiving. How often is it that we see a seemingly pristine car, only to notice some unfortunate malignancy, such as horrible dent or the dreaded bumper scuff marks? From the front, this 1989 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight looks remarkably well-preserved for its age. Unfortunately, it hides a rusty secret out back.
I actually spotted this car several months ago, when my friend Jeffrey was letting me test drive his 1990 Buick Riviera. He said he’s been seeing this car around downtown Taunton for years, and only recently, presumably after it left its previous owner, has it started to rapidly deteriorate. The interesting thing I noticed when later looking at my pictures is the taillights’ amber turn signals.
The block-lettered “Eighty Eight” badging was introduced for 1989, replacing cursive font “Delta 88”, and CarFax says this is indeed an ’89 Eighty-Eight. But amber turn signals were only equipped on the ’86-’88 Eighty-Eights, replaced with red for ’89, and completely different lenses for 1990-91. The crease in the trunk lid is also interesting, hinting that this car may have sustained rear end damage at one point. Whatever the case, this Eighty-Eight is still one of the best I’ve seen from this generation in a long while. Let’s hope it holds off the rust monster for a good while longer.