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The 1966 Oldsmobile Starfire Hardtop Coupe accounted for just over 2-percent of Oldsmobile's total production, with 13,019 sales. Priced at $3,540 it was among the most expensive models in the lineup, positioned below the front-wheel-drive Toronado and the top-of-the-line Ninety-Eight. Power was from an overhead-valve, five main bearing V8 engine with a 425 cubic-inch displacement, hydraulic valve lifters, a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, 10.5:1 compression ratio, and produced 375 horsepower at 4,800 RPM.

Oldsmobile's luxury segment had become cramped, leading to the discontinuation of the Starfire model line after 1966. During its final year, the convertible was no longer offered, leaving just the sporty luxury coupe. Compared to the 1965 model year, the pricing dropped and it moved downmarket with fewer standard equipment, and less plush interior. The leather seats were replaced by Morroceen vinyl for both the Strato bucket seats or the no-cost optional notchback bench seat. Power seats and power windows were no longer standard. The power steering, power brakes, and Turbo Hydra-Matic also moved to the list of optional equipment.

Standard equipment included seat belts, carpeting, windshield washer, and two-speed wipers, electric clock, chrome molding package, outside rearview mirror, courtesy lamps, back-up lamps, and 8.25x14 inch tires.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2020

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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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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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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1966 Starfire
$3,535-$31,400
1966 Oldsmobile Starfire Base Price : $3,535

Other 1966 Oldsmobile Models
$2,320 - $2,945

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
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)558,889
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)633,981
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)655,241
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)562,459
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)548,390
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)586,381
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Volkswagen (1,174,687)Toyota (1,068,321)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

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