In Motion Outtake: 1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale – Sunday Best

1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale CC

This sighting was an answer to a prayer I hadn’t even yet offered up.  My religious beliefs aren’t the point of this post, but it can’t be ignored that this Delta 88 Royale made its glorious appearance last Sunday morning while I was on my way to a worship service.  It’s even white – how angelic!  Believe me when I tell you it floated across the intersection of Addison and Halsted (just a few blocks east of Wrigley Field) as if on a cloud.  In my opinion, no other American full-sized four-door of its era pulled off the visual balance of luxury and relative sportiness more deftly than these Deltas.

I recall having seen probably only a handful of examples of the original wave of downsized, 1977 – ’79 B-Body Oldsmobiles in the past ten years or so, but this is the second such car I’ve spotted within the span of one year.  Like the green Royale coupe seen in Flint last summer, this one looked to be in fantastic condition, and also like the other car, it was fitted with Olds’ Super-Stock II wheels.  Perhaps these underappreciated cars are finally getting their due and coming out of Grandpa’s garage for the next generation to cherish and enjoy.  I said, can I get an “Amen”?

Lakeview, Chicago, Illinois.
Sunday, June 5, 2016.