1962 Oldsmobile Starfire

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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire

1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible

1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible

1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible

1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Engine

Oldsmobile was the fifth best seller of cars in 1962, with a total automobile production of 428,853 cars. Maybe it was style, reputation, craftsmanship or it was behind with the “bells and whistles” that grab a large portion of the car buying population out there. Notice how a rock band catches on and then the competition signs groups who sound the same. We hear that on Serious XM all the time. My wife and I listen to a song, think it was the Beatles but it was a group that took on their style. Oldsmobile was upstaged in the area of engine performance in the late 1950s by Chrysler’s Hemi and Chevrolet’s V-8. Despite this obvious edge Oldsmobile continued to manufacture solid, popular and comfortable cars; 425,000 cars in 1961 is nothing to be ashamed of. The marketing department made its statistics known to those who write the paychecks. Thereafter, Oldsmobile began its push into the high performance engine game. The response to the “big boys” was to introduce its “tri-carb-based J-2” option that was offered on most of its 1962 models.

1961 Oldsmobile Starfire

Like other car makers, in the early 1960s cars were introduced that were designed to remind people that America’s push in to NASA and other technologies had reached the car manufacturers, too. For example, in mid-1961 Oldsmobile introduced the Starfire convertible. The car was fitted with standard 'bucket-like' front seats, and a hard-to-see tachometer. The car was equipped with abundant bright trim. Up until now, this had been limited in the other GM 1961 cars, but this was now more in evidence at Oldsmobile.

1962 Oldsmobile Starfire 394/345HP V8 Hardtop Coupe

1962 Oldsmobile Starfire two door hardtop rear

1962 Oldsmobile Starfire grille

front side

1962 Hardtop interior

1962 Hardtop

1962 Hardtop engine

Starfire found a place of its own in 1962, because of the positive reception to the first model in 1961 The “Holiday hardtop” coupe was added to the big bucket-seat ragtop, and immediately outsold it, virtually five to one. The two cars were Oldsmobile's attempt to corner a greater share of the personal/luxury car market. To compete with the 'other cars in this market, they were deliberately well-equipped with all the hardware of the less expensive Oldsmobile models, plus a sports console, “Hydra-Matic” automatic with console shifter, power brakes, power steering, brushed aluminum side trim, dual exhaust with fiberglass packed mufflers and leather upholstery.

Number Produced: 7149
Base Price: $4744
Wheelbase: 123 inches
Weight: 4,488 lbs
Body Style: Two-door Convertible
Induction: Rochester 4GC four-barrel
Compression Ratio: 10.50:1
Transmission: Hydra-Matic automatic
Horsepower: 345 at 4,600 rpm
Displacement: 394-cid
Engine: V-8

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