REGAL RED, 394 CI, CONSOLE TACH WITH T-SHIFTER, POWER WINDOWS, PS, PB, RARE!
You probably haven't seen many 1963 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 survivor that's still highly original, 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 gorgeous Regal Red paint job. The repaint was done a few years ago, 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 their small stainless-trimmed fins, 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 side molding that was a 1963 Oldsmobile trademark.
We're of two opinions on the interior. For most of us, it's just too nice to be original. I mean, there's not a mark on any of the seats, including the driver's bucket. Others think that maybe it's just an immaculately preserved original, given how reproduction parts for this car are virtually impossible to find. But the bottom line is that the interior is not only beautiful, but in excellent condition. And with bucket seats, there's no doubt that Olds intended the Starfire to appeal to the guys who were out-growing their old Chevys and Fords. 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 works today. Other options include rare power windows and a signal-seeking AM radio with front and rear speakers. The trunk is beautifully finished with a correct Oldsmobile mat and a full-sized spare tire.
For power, the Olds brings a big 394 cubic inch V8 to the party. High-compression was the name of the game for horsepower, and while this one will run happily on pump gas, it's not your father's Oldsmobile, either. The Rocket Red engine shows off its chrome valve covers and air cleaner with pride, along with a lot of new gear including a fresh alternator and a dual exhaust system that sounds exactly right. The transmission is an indestructible GM Hydra-Matic automatic driving the original rear end, and the undercarriage carries only a light dusting of undercoating to seal it up and control noise but leaves nothing to the imagination. Special color-matched hubcaps add to the Oldsmobile's flair and it's been fitted with a recent set of 215/75/14 whitewall radials that ride nicely and look great.
An unusual piece of luxury muscle from a great period in GM history. With clear signs of loving ownership, beautifully preserved original parts and that cool console-tach, this is one car you won't see anywhere else. Call today!
- AM Radio
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Vinyl Interior
- Power Windows
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