1961 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible

Debuting in 1961, the Oldsmobile Starfire emerged as a top-tier luxury vehicle, positioned as a direct competitor to Ford’s Thunderbird. Distinguished by its sleek design and performance-driven features, the Starfire boasted a range of amenities, including brushed aluminum side panels and a dynamic interior with bucket seats, leather upholstery, and a floor console complete with a tachometer and power-operated front seats.

Originally available solely as a convertible, the Starfire showcased a high-compression 394-cubic-inch V-8 producing 330 horsepower, complemented by a three-speed automatic transmission. Notably, a prominent tachometer positioned on the center console emphasized the model’s performance-oriented nature.

Despite its focus on power, comfort was not compromised, with features like power steering and brakes, power windows and convertible top, and an AM radio enhancing the driving experience. However, luxury came at a price, with air conditioning offered as a lavish option, priced at $378, atop the Starfire’s already formidable starting price of $4,647, making it the priciest offering in Oldsmobile’s 1961 lineup.

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