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1961 Oldsmobile Starfire

With the Jet-Age in full swing, Oldsmobile introduced the Starfire in mid-1961, successfully combining style, luxury, and high-performance into an elegant package. Its name was shared with the preeminent American jet fighter of the era, and it was built to compete with the Ford Thunderbird that was dominating the personal luxury sports car market.

Oldsmobile introduced the Starfire convertible late in the 1961 model year. It shared its platform with the 88 (well, it was actually one to five inches shorter overall with a fractionally smaller wheelbase) but with the more powerful 394 cubic-inch Rocket V8 engine. The grille was from the 98. Distinguishable features included the full-length brushed aluminum side-sweep that would become the car's visual signature. Other features included the chrome-plated oil filler cap, air cleaner, and valve covers. Standard items on the Starfire included power front bucket seats, a dual exhaust system, leather interior, Hydra-Matic transmission, limited-slip differential, power windows, power brakes, power steering, trunk release, antenna, and console-mounted tachometer. The interior was finished in leather. Priced at $4,650, it was the most expensive Oldsmobile for 1961 and 7,800 examples were produced. Sales of the 1961 Thunderbird were much greater, with 73,051 examples built. Bodystyles on the Thunderbird included a Landau Hardtop, Hardtop Coupe, and convertible. Comparing just the convertibles, the Starfire and Thunderbird sales were similar, with 10,516 Thunderbird Convertibles sold.


by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2020

Related Reading : Oldsmobile Starfire History

The name Starfire was used on the Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight convertible from 1954 through 1957. It re-appeared in 1961 as a specially trimmed hardtop and convertible that was produced until 1966. The body was based on the Oldsmobile B-Body 88 platform. Included were leather bucket seat and special luxury and sport trim. Hydra-matic, sports console and tachometer, power steering and brakes, and....
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Related Reading : Oldsmobile Starfire History

Some believe that the Starfire was the first muscle-car from Oldsmobile, since it combined a very powerful engine with a very small, compact body. A brand of automobiles that were produced for most of its existence by General Motors, Oldsmobile was founded by Ransom E. Olds in 1897. Oldsmobile had a production run that lasted for 107 years and produced 35.2 million cars which at least 14 million....
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1961 Vehicle Profiles

1961 Oldsmobile Starfire vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 616M03108

The 1961 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible finished in white with a red interior was offered for sale at the 2006 Worldwide Group Auction held on Hilton Head Island where it was expected to fetch between $25,000-$35,000. It has had two owners since ne....[continue reading]

1961 Oldsmobile Starfire vehicle information

Convertible

Oldsmobile's all-new 1961 full-size car was significantly smaller than its 1960 predecessor. The styling was clean and lean, from the bold horizontal grille to its missile-pod-shaped tail-lamps. It was an exciting season for Olds, and the mid-year ....[continue reading]

Convertible
Chassis #: 616M03108 
Convertible
 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$1,050-$4,640
1961 Starfire
$4,640-$22,755
1961 Oldsmobile Starfire Base Price : $4,640

Other 1961 Oldsmobile Models

Starfire

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
7,800
123.00 in.
8 cyl., 394.00 CID., 330.00hp
$4,640 - $4,640
41,988
123.00 in.
8 cyl., 394.00 CID., 345.00hp
$4,130 - $4,740
25,890
123.00 in.
8 cyl., 394.00 CID., 345.00hp
$4,130 - $4,745
15,260
123.00 in.
8 cyl., 425.00 CID., 370.00hp
$4,150 - $4,780
13,019
123.00 in.
8 cyl., 425.00 CID., 365.00hp
$3,535 - $3,535

Industry Production

#1#2#3Oldsmobile
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)586,381
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)592,804
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)546,112
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)476,753
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)447,594
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)394,016
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)347,141
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)382,865
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)296,374
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)384,390
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)485,458

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