Ran When Parked: 1966 Oldsmobile Starfire Barn Find

Oldsmobile had an on-again, off-again relationship with the Starfire nameplate, but for the 1961-66 series, it would be positioned as a performance car. The Starfire had a little of the wind taken out of its sail come 1966 when the Toronado debuted, so if you’re looking for one of these cars, the 1965-66 models would be it for a while. This one was found in a barn where it has been for an undetermined period. It ran when it was parked, but that’s not likely the case now. Located in Pineville, Missouri, this Olds is available here on Facebook Marketplace where the seller would like to get $3,000 out of it.

In 1965, all big Oldsmobiles got restyled, including the Starfire which shared its coupe body with the Jetstar I.  The Rocket V8 offered in the Starfire was new, with a displacement of 425 cubic inches and an output of 375 hp with a Rochester 4-barrel carburetor, and would be the most powerful engine that Olds offered at the time. A 3-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission replaced the previous fluid-coupled Hydra-Matic that Olds had used since 1940. For 1966, the car was little changed physically, the Starfire continued to use GM’s Strato bucket seats. Sales would dip slightly in 1966 to 13,000 cars.

We don’t get any history on this ’66 Starfire, including when it went into exile in a barn. We’re told there is little body damage or rust, but the single exterior photo provided doesn’t help much. The seller refers to the car as a Buick at one time, so you’re going to have to go with your gut on this one. The interior is said to be super clean, which means that critters didn’t have a chance to get inside. The same can’t be said of the engine compartment. The photo provided shows a lot of loose barn debris all over the engine meaning the hood was probably left open. While it may not run, the asking price could be worth the gamble.


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  1. Freddy

    Please, for the love of God, if you are posting a car for sale, remove the rat poops from the air cleaner.

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    • jose

      Can you imagine what the wiring must look like based on them couple of pounds of rat droppings ?

      • Daryl

        There’s more than $3k of body parts visible, so it may be worth it just to part out. But only if it’s not a scam.

        Like 1
  2. Snotty

    Dern shame there’s no title. Have a 425 Rocket ready to go in my shop. Still gonna look into it.

    Like 3
    • NW Iowa Kevin

      If no ‘paperwork’ within the past 10 years, make a friend who lives in South Dakota and get a title for around 20 bucks.

  3. Vance

    The photos leave a lot to be desired, might as well have a court room artist draw the pictures. This could be a diamond in the rough, but varmints have a way to get anywhere they want to go. In Arizona, if it wasn’t parked on concrete or asphalt, the packrat’s would go to chewing your wiring immediately. I like these mid 60’s Olds, if the body is solid, this is a good buy. Need to get a better look, and maybe the engine isn’t a total loss. 3k is an asking price, not a selling price.

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  4. fran

    Typical f-book market place. Lazy no effort owner or heir.

  5. Vince H

    These were the 88 body with different trim. There was no Jet Star 1 in 66.

    Like 1
  6. Robert V Venters

    They say its a scam people are trying to reach him at no aval they said last week the car was 2000

  7. Jcs

    Agreed, looks like a scam to me as well.

  8. Paolo

    Facebook ads are the worst. Just terrible in every way. Neat car with potential. That amount of debris under the hood is nothing. You don’t need to leave the hood open, the rats will find their way in to fill every void with sticks, leaves, acorn husks, leaves and turds. Ask me how I know. They prefer the hood closed to deter predators.
    More information needed in order to decide if this one is worth the trouble.

    Like 1

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