I felt like a paparazzi shooting this Starfire parked in a rear driveway where I couldn’t get to it. And nobody seemed to be around to ask. But I know where it lives, so I shall return, as this car deserves a proper CC.
Please do. It’s from the era when full-sized cars made sense. And Oldsmobile styling for ’62 was quite attractive.
Can’t wait. I always like to see the cars from the time when GM was at the top of their game. I’ve always preferred them to most of the Fords and Mopars of that era.
Wow, that’s a rare one. My father owned one of these back in the sixties — the stainless steel strip down the side is what he remembers most about it.
Those SS pieces go for crazy money because they are nearly unobtainable now.
Could you do me a HUGE solid and NOT write an article here about the ’62 Starfire? The ’62 Starfire is my dream car. I can’t afford one now, and am saving (very slowly) to buy one. If ’62 Starfires get popular, then demand goes up, and I’ll never be able to afford one. TIA.
Now that’s an unusual request! Realistically, I doubt that will happen, meaning prices rise as a result. In any case, it might be a while; I do have a huge backlog of cars to write up. Save more! 🙂
I’m being turned into a full size car fan by this site!
Yes do come back to it Paul a car rarely seen here.
A friend of the family had a four door version of one of these(still a Starfire?) in the late 60’s. He was a salesman at the local Olds dealership, and this Olds was his daily driver.
I don’t remember the stainless on the side of his car , but I do remember it had a really interesting dashboard, and steering wheel.
This picture reminds me of how I miss Oldsmobile in its heyday. The interiors of these Starfires were really special. I think the side trim was over the top – never got that big piece of chrome on the door. The next year GM began to really clean the sides of their big cars of excess chrome to generate a sleeker look (63 Grand Prix being the purest example ) but Starfire didn’t get the new styling treatment until 65.
I well recall the continuing excitement of styling changes each year during the 60’s. Here’s a gorgeous 61 Cadillac that I spotted yesterday in post-holiday shopping traffic here in Santa Monica. It has surprisingly little side chrome. And note the first generation Legend next to it. SoCal is a car lover’s dream.
Why does it seem like 60’s Oldsmobiles (Other than the 442) are the least often seen GM cars of that era?
This car most certainly deserves a full-CC. Although I love the original Toronado, if I were ever to purchase a 60s Oldsmobile for my fictitious collection, it would be this bodystyle Starfire with leather seats.
Paul, I have a picture of a really nice black 1962 Starfire from the GM Hertitage Collection. Let me know if you need it.
Somewhere in a box in my garage. I have all the exterior chrome and trim pieces 12 year old me could unscrew off a junked ’62 98 4 door. The double cat eye tail-lights are what stick in my memory the most.
Now that’s when an Oldsmobile was an Oldsmobile. A nice torque monster 394, Hydramatic, and “space age” styling. What’s not to like?
I look forward to the full report.
One of my all time favorite cars. I remember one on the Olds Dealers used car lot in 65. My friends and I would walk to all the lots after high school and dream of owning the really nice ones like this.
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