1985 Ninety-Eight

Whats new for '85:
Ninety-Eights were all new for '85. Now built atop the newly downsized and front-wheel-drive C-Body platform. Though the car was smaller on the outside, there was still plenty of room for six passengers inside. Coupes became available in Brougham trim. A rear window mounted third brakelight was optional. Three engines were available, but most cars were built with the optional 3.8 V6.
Biggest News:
'85 marked a drastic change for the Ninety-Eight. The second wave of downsizing in less than a decade mean no more V8 engines and front-wheel drive instead of rear wheel drive. It payed off for Olds as sales soared over 100 percent.

85 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight
Powertrain Specs
Standard Engine3.0 V6 2bbl.
Optional Engine(s) 3.8 V6 fuel injected.
4.3 V6 Diesel
Standard Transmission

4-speed Overdrive automatic
Optional Transmission(s)

Exterior DimensionsCoupe/Sedan
Overall length (in.)196.4
Wheelbase (in.)110.8
Luggage cap. (cu. ft.)

Fuel tank (gals.)

Interior DimensionsCoupeSedan
Headroom f/r39.3/38.139.3/38.1
Legroom f/r42.4/40.842.4/40.8
Shoulder room f/r

Identifying an '85:
'85 and '86 are the only years of this bodystyle not to have composite headlamps. '85s have an all chrome grille, while '86s have a body-colored section in the center.

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