1965 Oldsmobile Starfire Hardtop Coupe

Back in the early 1960s, Oldsmobile wanted to build a full size sports-luxury coupe to compete with the Ford Thunderbird. They came up with the Starfire, which borrowed its name from the Lockheed F-94 airplane of the same name. Known for its tremendous speed, the F-94 was the first US production jet to come with an afterburner.

Oldsmobile’s Starfire was based on the Eighty-Eight and when it went into production in 1961, it was the most powerful and most expensive car they offered. What made this car special was its 425 cubic inch (7.0L) Rocket V8 engine, which was only used in the Starfire and the Jetstar. With a Rochester 4-barrel carburetor, the engine put out an easy 370 horsepower.

I spotted this gorgeous blue coupe at Cars and Coffee, where it was getting a lot of attention. With a black interior and a flawless exterior, this is a car that is sure to increase in value.

So, what happened to the Starfire? As good of a car as it was, the Starfire was no match for the all-new Buick Riviera which stole the spotlight in 1963. The clean-sheet design of the Riviera was a huge hit, garnering high praise and lots of attention from the automotive press. Oldsmobile saw the writing on the wall and discontinued the Starfire in 1966. You might say that like a dying star, it burned out with a flash instead of fading away.

This car perfectly captures the optimism and euphoria of post-war America and the jet age. This car was built by the country that won the war and defeated the Axis Powers. This car was built by the country that had set its sights on going to the moon in President Kennedy’s famous 1962 speech. This car was built by the finest country in the world, and it embodies everything I love about the high output generation of cars.

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3 thoughts on “1965 Oldsmobile Starfire Hardtop Coupe

  1. I just saved a 1965 Starfire from car heaven this morning.
    it was laying around for the last 20 plus years.
    They were going to scrap it .
    the write up you have here is very informative.
    I owned a 1966 Delta 88 4 door hardtop some years back and it had
    a 425 ultra high compression engine with a two barrel carb.
    I am up in western Canada. you say here that it was only used in
    the jetstar as well. Could this be different in Canadian cars?

    • The Starfire had a specific high compression engine (10.5:1) with a 4bbl carb. The regular 88 could be had with an engine rated at 10.25:1 with a 2bbl carb. More info can be found about Olds engines here:


      Thanks Dave and we hope you stick around!

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