Regular readers of this website will be familiar with the monthly (or, bi-monthly) “CCs from Israel” series in which I upload all my findings from the holy-land. But every now and then, I come across a vehicle with rights to a post of its own. As you (may) have guessed it from yesterday’s CC Clue, this is one such vehicle.
Friday morning two weeks ago I was driving to this local bakery to pick up some pastries, and into the parking area… well, you couldn’t miss that, could you?
Evan the glare on the lens cannot hide the original Monza/Starfire/Skyhawk styling that was, in my view, quite handsome.
But it seems the owner has almost managed to eradicate whatever GM’s original stylists achieved. I mean, the internet probably has more photos of ill-fitting body-kits, but I have yet to see in my own two eyes one less suited to the car it’s attached to.
Hence why you get so many pictures with views of the rear. Sorry, I’m drawn to this wing like moths to a flame. This last photo deserves a close-up of some important details:
The exhausts’ “tips” go without saying, US readers will appreciate the US flag (lest you conclude this was a Japanese or European car), the bumper protector manifests itself, and I bet you didn’t notice the black (or painted black) gaffer tape on the bumper. All this was “produced”, as you can see.
Not easy to see inside, but it seems to fit the outside, so the saying “when you drive it you can’t see it” doesn’t hold here. Me thinks we’d better head towards the front:
Well, a more frontal view does diminish the wing, but then (with the sun’s aid), you get a full effect of the wheel covers. Yes, I promise you those are wheel-covers attached atop some real alloys (note the cable ties). You know what? I have yet to decide which is more ill-fitting, the wing or these “wheels”. Also visible are some “air-outlet” emblems ahead of the side-door, and above them there’s another “V6” emblem.
Head on view not only announces the full name but also that it’s an SX trim level- very handy. New York plate? I doubt it’s real, and anyway, the Israeli plate suggests this Oldsmobile was imported when new, which was extremely uncommon back in 1975. These were too far and few between to be even remotely considered as regular imports, so having this car survived despite (or because) of its add-ons is remarkable. By the way, this particular Starfire is a driving example, as I’ve seen it twice more since these photos were taken and it has definitively changed parking spots. Also, at least one good thing can be said about it and that it’s clean- certainly cared for by its owner in that department.
Now, I know everyone is entitled to their own styling preferences, but it’s a shame this Starfire looks like it has been driven through an Aliexpress branch, especially since it didn’t look like this when I first encountered it. Yes, in my archives I found an earlier photo:
Obviously by the time this photo was taken, the car has lost its original factory look, someone painted the roof black to possibly imitate vinyl and there’s a small lip-spoiler at the back. But still, it’s a much saner appearance. And you can see the alloy wheels, which you could even call tasteful- they certainly fit the 1970s shape. Go on, discuss what you make of CCs with too much makeup- my personal feeling is that it’s stupid, but maybe the CC community thinks differently. Just to remind you what an original Starfire looks like, here’s an Oldsmobile advert, albeit from 1979:
I’ll leave you with the dash-cam’s impression of the Starfire, including same era music that was playing at the time- I’ve left it in for your enjoyment (see if you can make it out, it’s actually a song about US cars):
The “beep-beep” sound is the dash-cam’s response to pressing the Save button