In mid-1961, Oldsmobile introduced the Starfire, a high style, high performance luxury car that recaptured Oldsmobile’s rich performance heritage. Aimed squarely at the personal luxury/sport car market dominated by the Ford Thunderbird, the Starfire was built on a 123-inch wheelbase shared with the Eighty-Eight line and offered a host of distinctive features. The Starfire returned for 1962 to include a hardtop variant. Its success spawned a host of similar GM offerings including the Pontiac Grand Prix, the Buick Riviera and later Oldsmobile’s own Toronado.
Priced around $4,000, the Starfire Hardtop Coupe has a multitude of standard equipment including all the features of the Super Eighty-Eight as well as striking and attractive brushed aluminum side panels, a sporty cockpit featuring bucket seats, leather upholstery, floor console and power-operated front seats. Befitting its flagship status, the Starfire was powered by a 394 cubic inch V-8 engine with 345 brake horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, courtesy of a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, 10.5:1 compression, a revised camshaft profile, an efficient combustion chamber design and a free-flowing dual exhaust system.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.
345 bhp, 394 cu. in. V-8 engine, Rochester four-barrel carburetor, four-speed Hydra-Matic Drive automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar, semi-floating rear axle with four-link suspension and coil springs, and power-assisted four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 123"