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Oldsmobile Starfire

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Originally a trim designation on the Oldsmobile 98 and from model years 1961-1966 a car produced by Oldsmobile.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Oldsmobile Starfire page on 3 November 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Oldsmobile Starfire is an automobile nameplate used by Oldsmobile, produced in three non-contiguous generations beginning in 1954. The Starfire nameplate made its debut with the 1954–1956 Ninety- Eight series convertibles. By 1957 all Ninety-Eight series models were Starfires.

After a two-year hiatus the Starfire name returned for 1961 as separate model offered in a single convertible body style. Intended to compete in the growing personal luxury car market, it shared most of its sheet metal with other models and was considered part of the full-sized Oldsmobile line. The Starfire Hardtop Coupe joined the convertible for the 1962 model year. The convertible was dropped for the final 1966 model year.

After a nine-year break, the Starfire nameplate returned for the 1975 model year as Oldsmobile's first subcompact, powered by a Buick V6 engine. The 1977 Starfire featured the first-ever Oldsmobile four-cylinder engine as standard equipment, with a V6 and V8 optional. Production ceased in 1980.

The Starfire name was first used by Oldsmobile on a one-of-a-kind dream car that was shown at the 1953 Motorama auto show. Named after the Lockheed F-94 Starfire jet fighter, the original Starfire was a 5-passenger convertible that had a fiberglass body, a 200 hp (150 kW) Rocket V8 engine, and a wraparound windshield like that used on the top-of-the-line and limited-production 1953 Fiesta 98 convertible.


Photographs

Premier Oldsmobile Starfire Model Kit Box Premier Oldsmobile "Starfire" Model Kit Box Front
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire 1962
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2012 Schaumburg Bank & Trust Car Show
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire 1962
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2012 Schaumburg Bank & Trust Car Show
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire 1962
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2012 Schaumburg Bank & Trust Car Show
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire 1962
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2012 Schaumburg Bank & Trust Car Show
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Custom Custom 1962
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Custom Custom 1962
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Custom Custom 1962
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Custom Custom 1962
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Custom Custom 1962
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Custom Custom 1962
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Custom Custom 1962
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Custom Custom 1962
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Custom Custom 1962
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Custom Custom 1962
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Custom Custom 1962
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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Custom Custom 1962
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1963 Oldsmobile Starfire 1963
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2017 Woodstock on the Square Benefit Car Show
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1963 Oldsmobile Starfire 1963
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2017 Woodstock on the Square Benefit Car Show
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1963 Oldsmobile Starfire 1963
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2017 Woodstock on the Square Benefit Car Show
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1963 Oldsmobile Starfire 1963
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2017 Woodstock on the Square Benefit Car Show
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1963 Oldsmobile Starfire Hardtop 1963 Hardtop
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1965 Oldsmobile Starfire 1965
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1965 Oldsmobile Starfire 1965
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1965 Oldsmobile Starfire 1965
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1965 Oldsmobile Starfire 1965
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1965 Oldsmobile Starfire 1965
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3rd Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
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1965 Oldsmobile Starfire 1965
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit - Premier 533-89Oldsmobile "Starfire"
Model Kit - Jo-Han C-4263'63 Oldsmobile Starfire HardtopUSA Oldies, 1:25 scale


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