Texas Special: 1980 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Convertible

A prime slab of the SLAB scene.

Story: Evan “Evo” Yates

Photography: Andrew Link

If you didn’t come up on the third coast, ’84s and Vogues with popped trunks and neon signs could rightfully be foreign to you. SLAB (a term that most agree stands for “slow, low and bangin’ ”) is the best description for this culture, which is seldom transferred to other parts of the country—big rims are a rare example. The exclusivity has kept this odd yet thriving corner of car culture genuine and official.

Spec The Technique:

Performance: Rebuilt 350

Interior: Reupholstered leather out of a 2006 Mercedes-Benz; custom carpet and top by Ricardo’s Auto Upholstery; NRC Rendezvous two-piece steering wheel; custom center console; custom-built coach car by Hess & Eisenhardt; custom box and Plexiglas trunk mural

Exterior: Front clip and side moldings from 1990 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham; House of Kolor Majestic Blue over Orion Silver; E&G Classics Classic Grille; fifth wheel recline; pop trunk; custom trunk belt buckles

Ice: Pioneer AVH-P4200DVD head unit; four Rockford Fosgate 12-inch Power T1D412 subs, two T1500-1bdCP 1,500-watt amps, one T400-4 400-watt amp; Kenwood KFC-6972ie 6×9 speakers, KFC-1682ie 6½-inch speakers

Wheels/Tires: 15-inch Texan Wire Wheels 84s Super Poke; Vogue Custom Built Radial L/R tires

Fabrication: 3rd Coast Customs


  • Carlo Harris

    should have kept the original oldsmobile face on it.. THEN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN PERFECT. nice job though anyways

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