You probably haven't seen many 1964 Oldsmobile Starfire hardtops, but that's OK, they're pretty rare. But if you're a fan of V8 power, incredible '60s styling, and a spacious bucket seat interior, in a car that isn't an Impala, we've just found the answer. An incredible stock car that's still highly original and has been very well maintained with lots of recent work, this Olds will change the way you think about the rocket division.
First off, this is a full-sized car, but like the Pontiac Bonneville and the Buick Electra, the Starfire is a big car with the moves of a muscle car. It also has that look that defines the era, with sleek lines and a hardtop profile, all wrapped in a handsome Bermuda Blue paint job. It was likely repainted a few years back to a driver-quality standard, but they clearly had a great foundation to work with, especially since reproduction body panels are non-existent for these cars. Those long quarters with all that real estate, the peaked front fenders, and the uniquely-shaped C-pillar treatment make the Olds stand out in a crowd, and while it's not perfect, it will definitely become the center of attention wherever it goes. All the wonderful Olds-specific trim is there, too, much of it in beautifully preserved original condition, including the contrasting lower side molding that was a 1964 Oldsmobile trademark.
The interior appears to be mostly original, and while some parts show some signs of age, other parts are great, so we'd be selective about replacements. Both front buckets are comfortable and very supportive and the matching back seat hasn't had many miles on it at all. The rest is quite good too, from fresh black carpets that aren't faded and provides great contrast to the bright cabin, a dash pad that hasn't been baked by the sun and is free of any cracks, and handsome door panels that show great details and an upscale look. The dual level dashboard echoes the exterior styling with a bright strip up top holding the wide speedo and the secondary controls underneath. The center console houses the T-handle shifter that definitely looks like it belongs in a rocket, along with a cool tachometer that's still fully functional. Other options include rare power windows and A/C (needs to be serviced), plus a fully functional Wonderbar AM radio. The massive trunk is neatly finished with matching black carpets and a factory mat, and it also includes a full-sized spare tire and jack assembly.
For power, this Olds brings the high compression 394 V8 rated at 345HP and 440 lb-ft which we believe to be the original, with a fully rebuilt top end completed in early 2019. High-compression was the name of the game for horsepower (it's written right there on the air cleaner lid), and while this one will run happily on pump gas, it's not your father's Oldsmobile, either. The Rocket Red engine shows a lot of originality with finned valve covers and a correct snorkeled air cleaner, and it runs great thanks to all that maintenance completed earlier this year ($7k worth of recent work), although it has been sitting up the last few months so it could be in line for quick tune-up to get it back to tip-top shape. The transmission is a quick-shifting Roto-Hydromatic 3-speed automatic driving the original rear end, and the solid, original undercarriage carries only a light dusting of undercoating to seal it up and control noise but leaves nothing to the imagination. The dual exhaust system has a nice V8 burble from the Glasspack-style mufflers that's appropriate to an Oldsmobile and both power steering and brakes are included. Special chrome hubcaps add to the Oldsmobile's flair and it's been fitted with a set of 195/75/14 front and 215/70/14 rear whitewall radials that ride nicely and look great.
An unusual piece of luxury muscle from a great period in GM history. With careful ownership since the 1960s and a lot of recent work completed, this is one Oldsmobile that you can't afford to miss. Call today!