The Oldsmobile Regency was known for being the vehicle that replaced Oldsmobile’s flagship full-size model, the 98. However, this nameplate had been around for more than four decades already. It was first used in 1972 when Oldsmobile released its Limited Edition Regency to celebrate the marquee’s 75th anniversary in the industry.
Because of the success of this anniversary edition, Oldsmobile decided to continue producing non-anniversary Regency models as part of Oldsmobile 98’s trim levels or as an enticing package. The Regency continued to be part of the 98 lineup until 1996, when it was released as a separate model, eventually replacing the 98.
1972: The Limited-edition 98 Regency model
The 1972 Limited Edition 98 Regency sported a specially designed interior, which included velour upholstery with pillow effect as well as a power split bench seat, which replaced the power bench seat that featured a rear clock. Since it was registered at Tiffany’s, this 98 Regency came with Tiffany Gold paint as well as Tiffany-designed clock. The white Olds emblem was positioned on top of Tiffany’s name on the car’s golden fascia. Owners of this limited-edition 1972 Oldsmobile Regency were gifted with a unique sterling silver key ring.
1979: The 98 Regency and Regency Brougham trims
The good market performance of the limited-edition Regency convinced Oldsmobile to continue producing non-anniversary models, making Regency the premium trim level of Olds 98. As a trim, the 1979 Regency was offered in either a coupe or a sedan. In 1982, along with the redesigned 98 models, the Regency Brougham trim was introduced. The LS trim was discontinued, leaving the Oldsmobile Regency as the new base model of the 98 line. For 1985, the 98 was offered in 4-door sedan and 2-door coupe in either Regency or Regency Brougham trim.
1991: The luxury-oriented 98 Regency models
The last facelifted generation of Olds 98 happened to be released just in time with its 50th anniversary in 1991. For this final generation, the 98 was offered in two models, the conventional luxury oriented Regency and the high-performance Touring model. The Regency came with a roomy interior that was able to accommodate 6 passengers in either leather or velour seating. Power was supplied by the 170 horsepower 3.8-liter Buick V6 engine.
1997: Oldsmobile Regency as 98’s replacement
Production of the Oldsmobile 98 ended on May 31, 1996. It was replaced by the LSS and the Regency. The Regency, as a separate model, was fitted with chrome trim, a front bench seat, white-stripe tries, as well as a long list of standard equipment. The ’97 Regency was powered by a standard 3.8-liter V6 that was able to crank out 205 horses, making the powertrain achieve 19-mpg in the city and 29-mpg on the highway. This powertrain was paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.