Remember The Space Age: 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire

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Many times while researching articles for Barn Finds, I’m struck by how much money people think their old car is worth. This isn’t one of those times. How often do we see a running, moving, stopping two-door coupe with very distinctive styling for a buy-it-now of $1,500? Here is the listing on eBay if you want to check it out. It’s located in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. I have memories of my grandfather having one of these in the same color; it’s the first car I remember him owning when I was growing up. After a short foray into an AMC Ambassador, he ended up returning to Oldsmobile for the rest of his cars, so it must have made a good impression.

One of my favorite things about this design is the interior. As a child of the “space age”, I appreciate the attempt to make what was essentially a loaded 88 into something special. The Starfire was actually the most expensive Oldsmobile offered during this period.

The body looks pretty solid on this car, although I would appreciate some pictures on a lift as well. The seller does state that floor repair will be needed, and that two emblems are missing, and despite not having sold on eBay before, they present a compelling case for interest in the car. I would imagine sourcing the missing and broken trim might be difficult, but given the low purchase price I think it’s a worthwhile project. Once you have gone through all the pictures, let us know if you agree!

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Comments

  1. DENIS

    ummm, it’s a ’62….

    • dblbogey

      Afirm, it’s a ’62, still a nice car though.

    • Shawn

      Hi. I am the owner of this car. I have a ton of pictures of the under side. It is a 1962!

    • Shawn

      Hi. I am the owner of this car. I have a ton of pictures of the under side. It is a 1962! I did find some records indicating a 2 barrel option. It is priced to sell. I need the room for other projects. All this car needs to be a good driver as is, is a repair to the leaking gas tank, a set of rear shocks and a good tune up. It starts and runs well but stumbles when you step on the gas. It’s firing on all cylinders and does not seem to be burning any oil at all. Due to the high compression engine, maybe all it needs is some good high test gas.
      For more info contact me at classicsbuyselltrade@gmail.com

  2. 64 bonneville

    Seems to me that the Starfire always came with a 4 barrel carb, maybe a 2 barrel was only for export, I don’t know. There are several companies that make reproduction interiors for them, and the emblems are, I believe, available from several restoration parts houses. GM use acrylic lacquer back in the 60s’ and it is really difficult to buff out. The finish looks presentable for a running driving car, but a strip and repaint would be the correct way to make it shine again. In my opinion this is a condition 4+ as it is reasonably usable as it sits, at a giveaway price.

  3. Rex Kahrs Member

    Love this car. The chrome and other styling cues are a lot of fun. I also noticed that the carburetor seems kinda puny for a 394 CI V8…would have expected a 4-barrel.

  4. Vince Habel

    62.There was no Delta 88 in 62. Dynamatic and Super 88 In 62

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      Ok, Vince, thanks, I’ll change it :-)

    • Ralph Terhune

      Dynamic 88 was the low priced Olds.

  5. Clay Bryant

    Deal of the month if you live out west………………

  6. boxdin

    The price is right.

  7. JW454

    I had an uncle that had an 88 4 door 62. That car was the first time I ever attempted body work. In 1972 we repaired the two lower quarter panels using the ‘ole “Snow White” bondo filler method. It came out looking fairly good. He was able to trade it off before the bondo fell out.

    I was always a fan of the Starfires and Wildcats with the console and bucket seat interior though.

  8. stillrunners stillrunners

    Starfire’s were hot….and nice…..

  9. CD

    My Dad has a parts car if trim or other items are needed.

  10. Cassidy

    Great looking car and a special price!

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