Welcome to Diesel Weekend, inspired in part by this post written by Kamil. Here at Hooniverse, we seem to have an irrational attachment to the unusual when it comes to our favorite modes of transportation. In no particular order, these include Jeep Wagoneers, International Scouts, any and all Malaise Station Wagons, Classic Muscle Cars, small Japanese RWD coupes, and on occasion, anything powered by a Diesel. So, to open Diesel Weekend, here are three Diesel Powered GM Cars that are currently listed on eBay…
This is a car that I never really knew existed… It is a 1985 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency Brougham Sedan, powered by a 3.8L Diesel V-6! This must be a rather rare setup, and from my research, this was the only year the FWD Ninety-Eight offered the Diesel. According to the listing:
1985 OLDSMOBILE 98 REGENCY BROUGHAM DIESEL, 50,457 Miles. This One Owner, Iowa Beauty comes to us Fully loaded with Diesel Engine, Automatic Transmission, Power Brakes, Cloth / Power seats, Power windows, Power door locks, Tape / AM / FM, Calculator and Air Conditioning.
Diesel Engine is in Good Shape, does not leak, nice and quiet. As quiet as Diesel engine can get. With only 50K miles on the engine, this engine can be considered to be like new. Transmission feels Perfect, shifts without any problems, without delay, and without noise. Suspension is in Excellent shape, Car tracks nice and straight. There is No Evidence of any Electrical problems.
The exterior is in Excellent shape for a 1985. The Paint looks Original with absolutely no evidence of Rust. Cloth Seats, Carpet Floor and Glass are all in Great shape. Interior of this car is Nice and Clean. This Sedan has 4 matching Tires with more then 85 percent thread left, that are mounted on Good straight rims.
This is a historically significant Oldsmobile (No, I am not kidding in the slightest) with a modern FWD Body Style, and a worked over Diesel Engine that was more advanced than the horrible V-8 Diesel produced only a few years before. What is really amazing is that this engine only produced 85HP. The Buy-it-Now price for this Regency is $4,400. See the listing here:1985 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency Brougham Diesel
The next Oldsmobile is a 1983 Toronado, this time equipped with the 5.7L V-8 Diesel. This car shows only 57,000 miles on the odometer, but there are cosmetic issues According to the listing:
Up for auction is a all original Toronado Diesel. This car has only done 50k and shows it. Been in indoor storage many years and is a great example of a well cared for, unmolested vintage classic. It’s weak points are the rear bumper has rust, the power antenna stays up, the bumper fillers are crumbling and the windshield has a chip. Besides that this car is straight and clean. I’ve included pictures of all these points so you can accurately see the condition. Besides the rear bumper and the plastic fillers the body is flawless, no rust, no dents.
Engine runs sweet and smooth for a diesel, fires right up. The overdrive transmission when cold holds 1st gear a bit longer than it feels like it should but goes away when warm, does not slip and fluid is not burnt. Factory fuel mileage for this car was 22 MPG City 38 MPG Highway. Interior is immaculate from the soft crack-free leather and flawless dashboard to the plush burgundy carpet the inside looks and feels brand new.
With about two and 1/2 days to go, this car has not received one bid. The opening bid is $2,500, which seems like a lot when you consider all the things you have too do to bring the exterior back to near showroom condition. See the listing here:1983 Oldsmobile Toronado Diesel
This is a 1980 Cadillac Seville Elegante, with the 5.7L Diesel V-8. This is actually a spectacular car, and according to the listing:
1980 Cadillac Seville from the upper South Carolina region. I bought this rust free one owner beauty in the late 1980’s, in the Greenville/Anderson, SC area. The car had 65,000+ – miles on it when I bought it. This fabulous diesel powered Seville was the personal car of the wife of a top executive at the Milliken Textile Company.
This Seville was garaged from new and has all original paint except for the paint just applied to all 9 replacement ABS plastic bumper filler panels. The original oxblood colored leather interior is immaculate and shows no damage or wear of any kind. The matching numbers 5.7 diesel engine starts and runs flawlessly. The transmission shifts flawlessly as well. This Seville is a joy to drive and be noticed in.
When I first bought the car, I drove it very little and only on sunny days. This Seville has been stored inside my warehouse for the past 25+ years. I felt it was collector quality due to the original condition, the fact the original diesel had not been swapped for a 5.7 gas engine, the fact it appears to have every option available that year and treated it as such. The car has been run regularly, but driven very little. This is apparent by the present original mileage, 67,274.
Recently installed 2 new batteries and drove the car out of my warehouse. A new fuel filter has been installed and everything has been checked from bumper to bumper. As mentioned above, Replaced all 9 original GM vinyl bumper filler panels, both front and rear, due to cracking and crumbling apart with 9 new ABS plastic replacement panels and both hydraulic struts on the hood and trunk lid, 4 total. You will find this 33 year old Cadillac Seville to be in impeccable condition. This Cadillac will go nicely in a museum or a private collection. This Seville runs and drives as great as it looks.
With a little over two days to go until the auction ends, there isn’t one starting bid placed (which would tell you something…). Anyway, the starting bid is $6,950, again a lot of money for what it is. See the listing here: 1980 Cadillac Seville Elegante Diesel