Wednesday, October 16, 2013

15k: Clean Afterburners: 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire

The first generation Oldsmobile Starfire sat at the top of end GM's Olds lineup in 1962 and was equipped with a big V8 and covered in big pieces of chrome.  The name was taken from the Lockeed F-94 Starfire interceptor, a short lived Korean War era Coke bottle shaped fighter that inspired young automobile designers in the early jet age.  Find this 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire for sale in Apple Valley, CA currently bidding on ebay for $15,100 reserve-not-met with a few days to go.

The listing starts out with a simple ALL-CAPS description and it's not clear if the old dude in the photograph is the seller, previous owner, friend, or someone who just wandered by while pictures were being taken.  There is some reference to taking the grandkids for rides and having no sons and its time to perhaps this is listed by the old dude in the photos - but more likely he is being helped by an intermediary...not that there is anything wrong with that.

The Starfire is powered by a 394 cubic inch Skyrocket V8 that puts out 345 glorious smoggy horsepower and some uknown but obscene number of torques.   Pickup when you hit the "go pedal" should be acceptable but fuel economy should be measured in gallons per mile. 

The interior of this thing looks extremely well preserved - it's likely been seldom driven but the seller says the seat upholstery has been replaced, although the door cards are original.

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  1. Having the old guy in the picture is BRILLIANT marketing. It doesn't matter if he isn't the owner, we all assume that he is and that therefore the car has been pampered. If I ever have a car that has been hooned within an inch of its life I'll have to remember to post the ads not with hot women, but old men. Perfect.

    Oh, and nice car, I've never seen one of these before.

  2. It is a beautiful car but a very misleading ad. It's pretty obvious from the seller's feedback that he is not the guy in the picture unless he also has a lot of Chevy and Mustang parts to sell. It is unfortunate that the ad is written in the first person to sound like it is an old man's first sale instead of a pro seller's listing.

  3. Thee car is stunning.....a real piece of American iron.not some tinny rice rocket driven by a twenty year old with absolutely zero understanding of what a " car" is.

    That said...if this is all bs about the Brian seems to think it is based on sellers other items........the seller is none too swift. The whole grandson thing I don't get..........Too bad cause this baby will stand on its own

    1. Good choice of words with "rice rocket" especially given Olds' named their original Rocket 88 back , what 1949 and later came out with a car named Jetstar

  4. At 21,600 with reserve still not met. Price is in danger of reaching the stratosphere.


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