- Body Color
- Engine Size
- 394ci Rocket V8
- Transmission Type
- 3 Speed Automatic
1964 Oldsmobile Starfire
1964 Oldsmobile Starfire
The 1964 Oldsmobile Starfire model came out at a time when Peyton Place was a hit on TV and when Coca-Cola first launched a low-calorie soda called Tab. Bucket seats and center consoles would attract wives of suburbanites despite the car's thirst for gas. After all, fuel was cheap, and the Feds hadn't invaded the automaker's garages yet with restrictive laws. Heavier than the '61 model because of luxury add-ons, the '64 models reached a not so light two tons of weight. But it's lines were clean and assertive, and the suburnite housewives were attracted by features like Guide-Matic headlights that automatically dimmed when oncoming cars approached. Unlike the fifties' cars, the fins were almost gone. By 1965, these features were completely absent.
Enter this 1964 quintessential suburbia working office man cruiser, the Oldsmobile Starfire from 1964 complete with its Protect-O-Plate, window sticker and build sheet. With its sleek thin front and back, and the squared off roofline and staunch windows, along with plenty of horizontal ribbed trimmings, it bleeds conservatism. This car begs for a felt Stetson with a tweed band and some side feathers, and a thin necktie. Beautiful patterned stitched vinyl in lighter complimentary blue, gives this 2-door hardtop plenty of class, whether it's the commute and from work, or out for a Sunday drive…remember those?''
Straight steel all bathed in a color change of dark blue metallic paint which is the deep end of the pool paint covers this classic. Overall, the paint is well applied with only minor inclusions and some bubbling due to contamination. An oversized trim spear runs from bow to stern riding atop the graceful fenders. Here small fins grow up from the front fenders, diminish through the doors and reappear again on the rear quarters, where on the rear of the car shiny bezels quadrant off the taillights by a cross shaped chrome emblem. Rocker trim thins out and then surrounds the wheel wells in front and back and is graced below by a wide vertically ribbed rocker panel. Chrome for the bumpers is all excellent as is the front grille, which for this year has a 3-dimensional quality with a large red star, (Starfire?), in the center which is flanked by dual headlights on either side. More chrome trim highlights the ample glass and roofline as well as highlighting the fuel filler door. We note the glass is all very clean with the exception of a 5-inch crack in the windshield on the passenger's side. 14-inch chrome wire wheel covers with Oldsmobile Rocket badged center spinners are wrapped with thin whitewall 215/75-R15's on all 4 corners.
The jet age is in full swing, the race to the moon has begun in earnest, and the styling of this car reflects that. Even the name Starfire inspires speed and thrust and forward progress. Near perfect faux leather pattern blue vinyl is interplaying with chrome trimming and aluminum inlays wrapping around various panels. A rocket in a sunburst badge is top and center on the doors, and dark blue carpeting covers the lowers. Inside, freshly redone nice wide blue vinyl low back buckets show near perfectly with their tuck and roll inserts and smooth bolsters and wide chromed edging. A rear bench is in back in the same pattern and also looking unused. Molded plastic in black is on the sides of a center console which begins just under the dash. Here a chromed shift lever resides along with the factory tachometer and power window switches. This sits on a ribbed aluminum plate on top of the molded black. In front of the original steering wheel is a symmetrical dash with a central red Olds star badge, and more dark blue for the dash top and lighter blue for the metal painted dash front. A few brushed aluminum panels are also here housing the pulls and knobs. Just below in a chrome panel is a trio of aftermarket gauges to show more vital signs of the mill upfront. Original dark blue carpeting with integrated mats are very clean covering the floors and a light blue headliner is above showing nice and tight.
Under the hood is an engine aficionado's dreamland where the Olds engineers have placed a rebuilt sometime in the past 394ci Rocket V8. The space race even continued into the engine names, what a time to be alive! This red painted mill is topped with a 4bbl carburetor, ribbed aluminum valve coverings, and a chrome with red pie plate air cleaner assembly. A 3-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission is on the back, and the rear axle is 3.42 gear ratio with limited slip.
Clean with an ample application of rustproofing texture coating is seen throughout along with some surface rust on the frame and areas the rustproofing has chipped off. Independent coil spring suspension and a 4 link with coil springs provides the ride, and the power drum braking brings you back to earth safely. Also, a stock style dual exhaust system is seen snaking its way rearward from the Rocket under the hood.
3, 2…1 Liftoff and we were off to the test track. All was performing just nicely with snappy acceleration and good solid handling. All seemed to be working during our drive and even though it wasn't necessary we took a second and third lap with me in the rear seat for me to relive some of my childhood "are we there yet" memories.
Suburbia bliss for father, THE car to have in 1964 showing success, and a touch of class. This car will need very little to be made perfect or drive it away and fully enjoy it as is. A smooth big car sprung ride, can almost put you to sleep, but then you press the gas and wake up immediately.
L-Linden, NJ Assy Plant
0555457-Sequential Unit Number
4C-3rd Week April Build
STYLE 64 3657-1964 Starfire 2 Door Coupe
BODY BL3112-Linden Body #
TRIM 333-Blue Vinyl
PAINT FFA-Wedgewood Mist, Obsidian Black
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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