1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight Convertible / 579M31379 Chassis Information

1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight photograph

1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight photograph

1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight photograph

1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight photograph

1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight photograph

1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight photograph

1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight
Convertible
Chassis #: 579M31379
For 1947, the Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight was again the flagship model and became officially titled as the 'Starfire Ninety-Eight.' There were four bodystyles available including the Holiday Hardtop in both two and four door styles, a sedan, and a convertible. The Holiday Hardtop four-door proved to be the most popular with 32,099 examples produced. On the other end of the spectrum, 8,278 examples of the convertible were created. The convertible was also the most expensive in the lineup, costing $3,838 while the two-door Holiday Hardtop was the least, at $3,575.

The engine was the same found in the Series 88. It was an overhead valve V8 that displaced 371 cubic-inches and produced 277 horsepower. The 88 rode on a wheelbase that measured 122 inches while the 98 measured 126-inches. The 98 was also 8 inches longer and included all of the accessories found on the 88 plus power brakes, power steering, special emblems, and a Jetaway HydraMatic transmission.

General Motors became the first of the 'Big Three' automakers to offer factory triple carburetion with the J-2 option for Oldsmobile in 1957. This setup would become known as the Golden Rocket and helped increase the brands image of performance. The base Rocket V-8 motor produced 265 horsepower with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor and 9.25:1 compression. With the tri-power set-up plus additional performance components, the compression rose to 10.0:1 and the horsepower was boosted to 312.

This 1957 Olds 98 is fitted with the J-2 option and the 312 horsepower engine. There is a Jetaway Hydramatic transmission and power assisted drum brakes. Also, there are power seats, full fender skirts, spinner and wheel covers, and continental kit. This car has 61,607 documented miles and is in very good condition. There is a black Haartz cloth top and correct wide white wall radials.

In 2008, the car was brought to the Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by the Worldwide Auctioneers. It was estimated to sell for $80,000 - $105,000. Bidding failed to reach those estimates and the lot was left unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2008

2008 Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$80,000-$105,000 
Lot was not sold

2019 2
2018 3
2017 6
2016 2
2015 3
2014 4
2013 5
2012 1
2011 4
2010 3

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$96,800$110,0002
2018$53,533$72,6003
2017$63,933$84,0006
2016$93,500$132,0002
2015$107,000$187,0003
2014$67,825$96,2504
2013$80,560$165,0005
2012$126,500$126,5001
2011$78,800$95,0004
2010$61,417$71,5003

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1957 sales)
1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight J-2 Convertible
Chassis#: 579M24885
Sold for $83,600
  2019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 579M24694
Sold for $110,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Convertible
Sold for $72,600
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight Convertible
Chassis#: 579M13711
Sold for $52,250
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1957 Oldsmobile Starfire
Sold for $35,750
  2018 Mecum : Dallas
 
1957 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE 98 HOLIDAY SEDAN
Chassis#: 579C07738
Sold for $33,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Ninety-Eight Convertible
Chassis#: 579M18085
Sold for $75,900
  2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight image  1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight image  
1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 STARFIRE J-2 CONVERTIBLE
Sold for $84,000
  2017 Dragone Lime Rock Park
 
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
Sold for $51,000
  2017 Mecum : Houston
 
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Star Fire J2 Convertible
Sold for $59,400
  2017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az
 
1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 579M30982
Sold for $80,300
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Convertible
Sold for $55,000
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight 'J-2' Convertible
Chassis#: 579M26916
Sold for $132,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
Sold for $92,000
  2015 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight 'J-2' Convertible
Chassis#: 579M22578
Sold for $187,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : The Andrews Collection
 
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Hardtop
Sold for $42,000
  2015 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
Sold for $42,000
  2014 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1957 Oldsmobile 98 J-2 Convertible
Sold for $96,250
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Spring
 
1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 COUPE
Sold for $47,250
  2014 McCormick's - Palm Springs # 56
 
1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 2 DOOR HARDTOP
Chassis#: $85,800.00
Sold for $85,800
  2014 Barrett-Jackson's 43RD Annual Scottsdale Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1957 Oldsmobile Starfire 98 Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$40,000  
1957 Oldsmobile Starfire 98 Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$45,000  
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible J-2579M248852018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight Convertible579M180852017 RM Sothebys : Santa Monica $100,000$120,000
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire J2 Convertible 2017 Russo & Steele : Newport Beach   
1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 CVTBLE 2016 McCormick's # 61$21,000  
1957 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight J2 Convertible579M230672016 Dragone : The Boston Cup Auction $80,000$95,000
1957 Oldsmobile 98 2016 Silver Auction Reno$18,000  
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Holiday Coupe 2016 Mecum Portland$30,000  
1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 CVTBLE 2016 McCormick's Palm Springs # 60$61,000  
1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 CVTBLE 2016 McCormick's Auction # 60$61,000  
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Custom Convertible 2016 Russo & Steele : Arizona   
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible 2015 Mecum : Austin$80,000  
1957 Oldsmobile Starfire 98 Holiday Coupe 2015 Mecum : Seattle$40,000  
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible 2015 Mecum : Kissimmee$87,000  
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible 2015 Mecum : Kissimmee$80,000  
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible579K019112014 Mecum : Anaheim$85,000  
1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 CONVERTIBLE 2014 Mecum Dallas$90,000  
1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE579M248042011 BarrettJackson Palm Beach, Fl   
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible 2011 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Auction$75,000  
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible579M309822010 Worldwide Auctions The Auburn Auction   
1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight 2008 Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction $80,000$105,000
1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 2007 Silver Auction Hot August Nights$12,250  
1957 Oldsmobile 98 Hardtop 2003 The Novi Classic Car Auction$16,750  
1957 Oldsmobile 98 2003 Houston Classic$5,100  
1957 Oldsmobile Starfire 98-J2 2003 Toronto International Spring Classic Car Auction$23,500  
1957 Oldsmobile 98 - J2 Star Fire 2003 Toronto International Spring Classic Car Auction$25,000  
1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 CONVERTIBLE 2002 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$59,000  

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