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1961 Oldsmobile Holiday 98 - MI - Not Mine


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For Sale on Craigslist:  1961 Oldsmobile Holiday 98 2-door Hardtop in Richmond, Michigan  -  $22,500  -  No phone # provided, reply to Seller through Craigslist email to f9f48a82e4f4379ebc9164cf7589af3e@sale.craigslist.org

 

Link:  https://annarbor.craigslist.org/cto/d/richmond-1961-oldsmobile-holiday-98/7160744717.html

 

Seller's Description:

Super clean car no rust at all excellent paid excellent interior superclean underneath video available new tires new suspension brakes not many cleaner than this runs and drives excellent down the road. Located in Richmond Michigan. Contact me to take a look serious inquiries only

 

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I've always wondered on cars like this that they appear to be asking top dollar,  why don't they do simple things to present it a little better,  like vacuum the carpet or stuff the carpeted kick panel back under the retainer.  Simple stuff that seems to jump out at me.   Even when selling a project car,  it's best to try to not make it look like junk by doing a few simple things like we have mentioned before.

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Note the way the ad is written if you can call it that. I would much prefer spending the $11,000 less on that clean 61 Pontiac Bonneville that was posted and recently sold.  Sure it was a 4 door and 2 door models draw a premium but the ad tells me a Millenial spoke into a phone for ad content with no punctuation.   
 

For $22k I want details on why I should buy your car.   

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I knew a guy that had an identical 98 coupe years ago, his was white, only other one I remember seeing. BTW I don't recall a whole lot of 1961 Oldsmobiles driving around, it seemed that other years were more popular. 

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Olds only built around 4400 of these.  They are seldom-seen.  The roofline is shared with the 1961 Buick Electra and Cadillac.  It Is not the same roof used on the more common "bubbletop" Super and Dynamic 88s.

I'm almost certain that I inspected this very car when it was for sale in FL in 2007.  At the time, it wore lake pipes, fender skirts, and different wheels, but the spotlights on the fenders suggest that this is the same car.  

California-built, it was very straight and rock-solid, with no evidence of any rust or filler.  The interior was quite nice and appeared mostly original.  The seller at the time let me take the car for a long ride by myself.  It was a great-driving car, and much tighter and quieter than my '61 98 convertible.

I very likely would have made an offer had it been wearing its original color scheme.  The car once was a 2-tone and codes for a white lower body with Garnet Mist on the roof, side stripes, and wheel covers.  Must have been spectacular.  If it were mine, there's no question that I'd want to restore the original paint scheme.

Unfortunately, the 2007 seller was also asking top dollar, and I just couldn't rationalize spending that kind of money on a car that would require the additional cost of disassembly, stripping, and repainting, plus dealing with whatever other unforeseen problems that would appear along the way...

I've reached out to the current seller to confirm whether it is indeed the same car.

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1 hour ago, Starfire61 said:

...I'm almost certain that I inspected this very car when it was for sale in FL in 2007.  At the time, it wore lake pipes, fender skirts, and different wheels, but the spotlights on the fenders suggest that this is the same car....

I've reached out to the current seller to confirm whether it is indeed the same car.

 

This car is now listed on Ebay with an opening bid of $23,000.  First line of the listing reads "Florida Car Excellent condition 1961 Oldsmobile 98"

Perhaps the Seller saw the comments here?       Link to Ebay auction:  https://www.ebay.com/itm/1961-Oldsmobile-Ninety-Eight-2dr-98/402331584531

 

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