After he finished 8th grade, Jeff’s family traveled in a 1960 Ford Galaxy along Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, California where the highway ends. In 1962 when Jeff turned 16, he saw an Olds Starfire convertible this exact color and “fell in love with it”. Thirty five years later he ‘consumated’ the relationship by buying this magnificent automobile. This car was restored original but Jeff took the spinner hubcaps he’d had on his first car, a 1962 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 convertible, out of the box and mounted them on this car.The car has a 394 cubic inch motor and the four barrel carburetor enables it to crank out 345 horspower. No one can wonder why Jeff calls this vehicle his ‘time machine’! You could just hop in and crank up some oldies music for a ‘ride’ back to your youth.
Oldsmobile had inaugurated the Starfire (named after a Lockheed fighter airplane) marquis in 1954 to 1956 with Ninety Eight convertibles. In 1957 all Ninety Eight series were called ‘Starfire’ and here’s a prime example. The Starfire name was revived in 1961 with a convertible and hardtops from 1962 to 1966 also bore the Starfire moniker. Starfire returned from 1975 to 1980 as Oldsmobile’s subcompact (doing no justice to the nameplate IMO).