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Introduced in 1941, the Ninety-Eight was Oldsmobiles top of the line model and was a very stylish rear wheel drive land yacht up until the early 80's.

The fuel crisis pretty much doomed the Ninety-Eigh, and all large sedanst. Experimenting with Diesel engines proved problematic in the early 80's, so sales suffered. So in 1985 it was downsized to a front wheel drive generic design that looked like every other GM car at that time. 1991's bloated round restyle proved unpopular too and the model was axed in 1996, to be replaced by the Aurora.
You can probably find a 50's/60's/70's era Oldsmobile Ninety Eight on ebay for a good price. Many were driven by senior citizens when new, and were looked after.
by Metalhead83 January 05, 2012