Those who know ’60s classic know to take note of this 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire
This was the most expensive Olds you could get back in the day, and so it came with big V8 power, a luxury interior, and a style that left people talking. And that kind of admiration grows larger when you can find a rare well-presented example on the vintage market.
The Starfire was a true range-topping model for Oldsmobile. So to make sure this car earned its elevated status, they made sure it had true distinction. It starts with the prestige look that comes from a deep red with a white folding roof. Only the first few years got the full-length silver streak treatment that really draws attention to the sculpted sides of this convertible. The front end was fully encircled in bright trim, including an expertly integrated chrome bumper. We especially like the rear where it’s one of the most intricate sheetmetal designs ever. After all, the crisp tops of the fenders were in direct contrast to the rounded trunk line, and yet it all had one harmonious look as it tapered to a rear panel that made this Starfire look like a rocket ship. This is truly 1960s style at its best, and this one is correctly presented – right down to the turbine-style factory wheel covers.
While the white roof gives the car the all-American appeal of a Coca-Cola bottle, when you take it down the multi-tone red interior has an almost European level of sophistication. As we’ve mentioned before, this was the true upper-class Olds, and so few were willing to pay the premium. There were less than 7,200 produced in ’62, and just imagine how many survived to be this complete nearly 60 years later. So it came with some rare and luxurious features as standard. This includes desirable items like power adjusting driver’s bucket seats, floor-mounted shifter, and the bright center console with the unique tach mounted in the center. The whole car has a great vintage presentation with a great vintage look. But there are a few well-placed investments. For example, the AM radio is still on display in the dash, but your real driving music comes from an upgraded AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth mounted in the center console. You might have noticed that this Starfire has plenty of room to carry family and friends, but you can have fun in this car all on your own. After all, with features like a power convertible top and power windows, you never even have to leave the driver’s seat to go from enclosed luxury to a wind-in-your-hair experience.
The Starfire was not only the pinnacle Olds for its style, but also for its big power. The “Ultra High Compression” 394 cubic-inch V8 was the motor of its day. So it’s nice to see it looking good in the engine bay with big air cleaner w/callout, bright valve covers, and the red block looking like it’s radiating power from within the dark engine bay. There’s even an upgraded Holley four-barrel carburetor on top. It has a nice cruiser-level ride with the three-speed automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, and upgraded front discs.
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