Junkyard Gem: 1977 Oldsmobile Omega Brougham Coupe
decided to buildPontiac
versions of the very successful compactChevrolet Nova
before the1973 energy crisis
hit, and that decision looked pretty wise once skyrocketing gasoline prices were added to the already-rampant inflation of the times. The Oldsmobile version of the 1973-1979 Nova was called theOmega
, and surviving examples are extremely rare today.
Here's a thoroughly hooptified version I spotted in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard last month.
The Omega Brougham was the top trim level, and it came with large expanses of fake wood and hard plastic inside.
This one has the Landau roof, which tended to be a focal point for rust onGM
cars in California during the era.
The 1977 Omega could be purchased with 260- or 350-cubic-inch Oldsmobile V8s, but this one has the base engine: a 110-horsepower,3.8-liter Buick V6
. Good news for Buick V6 buyers in 1977 was the switch from the "odd-fire" crankshaft (a money-saving move that used three-quarters of a Buick 215 V8 crank) to the much smoother "even-fire" crankshaft, so this car wasn'tquite
as rough-running as earlier V6s.
The Omega name went onto badge-engineeredChevrolet
Citations for the 1980 model year, and you couldstill get the Omega Brougham
Compact Omega: A lot of little Olds!
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May 11, 2017 at 08:29AM