1957 Oldsmobile Starfire 98 ConvertibleSOLD
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Estimate: $100,000-$125,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $66,000

312hp, 371 cu. in. J-2 Tri-Power V8 engine, Jetaway Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front and rear leaf spring suspension, four-wheel power brakes. Wheelbase: 126"

1957 was a great year for Oldsmobile; its cars benefited from new and exciting design advancements and Lee and Richard Petty were track testing the powerful Oldsmobile engines at America ’ s great NASCAR events. In honor of GM ’ s upcoming 50th anniversary, Oldsmobile renamed its entry series the Golden Rockets. From there on up, every car retained all the features of the more affordable Super 88s, but was outfitted more lavishly, culminating in the Starfire 98. The 90 Series had always remained Oldsmobile ’ s premier line, and the 98 for ‘ 57 did not disappoint. In addition to side interior courtesy lights, arm rests, sun visors, and floor mats, the Starfire also featured standard electric windows, power steering, power brakes, and Jetaway Hydra-Matic transmission, all capped-off by special badging. Of particular interest to the performance enthusiasts, however, is the J-2 engine, which, after receiving a thorough workout from the father-son Petty team, was now available on the Starfire 98. The $83 J-2 option for the 371 cubic inch V8 included a Tri-Power carburetor with a vacuum-operated progressive linkage that increased horsepower to an impressive 312. The 98 offered here is equipped with the powerful J-2 option and is made all the more appealing thanks in part to its convertible top. The entire car has undergone a full frame-up restoration and is finished in Coronado Yellow with matching Alcan White upholstery. The nicely maintained chrome accents on the body provide for an energetic and elegant presence and complement the wire wheels and whitewall tires very well. The quality of the craftsmanship is quite excellent and extends through to the engine compartment where the original 371 rests, a fitting reminder for the power that lurks underneath this seemingly docile convertible. Most importantly, however, this 98 benefits from all the generous options present on its fellow Starfires; its power steering, brakes, windows, and convertible top all function properly and seamlessly. By effortlessly blending track-tested V8 performance with uncompromising convertible luxury, the Starfire 98 will continue to bring a smile to its admirers ’ faces, who recognize and respect its position at the head of the pack.

Reference Number 11621

as of 7/24/2007

Car 1957 Oldsmobile Starfire 98 Convertible
VIN 579K04397 
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