1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible

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1 year 6 months ago - 1 year 6 months ago #636 by JP
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1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible



1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible


Oldsmobile introduced three restyled model ranges for 1957 in November 1956. The entire Eighty-eight entry series was named 'Golden Rocket' in honor of the up-coming 50th anniversary. Eighty-eights were the base models and Super Eighty-eights were the mid-range models for this muscle car year.

Starfire Ninety-eights were the four-model top range. Standard equipment on the senior
Lineup included all the Eight-eight features, plus electric windows, special emblems, power steering, power brakes and Jetaway Hyda-Matic transmission. Interior trim included cloth, morocceen and leather.


1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible



1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible

The 'Starfire' name went back to a two-seater concept car that Oldsmobile toured with the GM Motorama Car Show back in '53, named in honor of the Lockheed F-948 Starfire jet fighter. This particular version had a bright turquoise fiberglass body, and turquoise-and-white leather interior.

Although this original concept never found its way into production, the Oldsmobile continued to search for a car of this type, to give Ford's 'personal luxury car', the Thunderbird, some direct competition. But the Starfire model introduced in '57 was a car of a completely different stamp, being a full-sized luxury convertible. The name subsequently became synonymous with big, flashy, sporty cars, and it wasn't until 1961 that the Oldsmobile Division considered then reconfigured the car to be a serious rival to the (now four-seat) T-bird.


1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible



1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible


However, even in '57, the Starfire was available with a range of J-2 performance options. This technology had been designed to re-assert Oldsmobile's power superiority over Chevy and their small-block V-8. The top J- 2 option (the triple-carb Rocket with 300 horsepower) wasn't recommended for road cars, but Lee and Richard Petty drove the multi­carbureted engines to NASCAR success, until the racing authorities banned this type of induction. Olds subsequently pulled out of factory-backed racing.


1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible






With J. F. Wolfram as Divisional CEO, Oldsmobile was the fifth best performing automobile manufacturer in 1957, gaining a 6.2 % share of the US market. The company was now solidly positioned as the sales leader in medium-priced cars.



1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible



1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible



1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible



1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible

Their concept cars continued to tour with the GM Motorama car show. This year their big idea was the Mona Lisa, a Starfire Holiday Coupe.

Thanks for coming along. JP


Cheers, Fast Eddie
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