Oldsmobile Custom Convertible Alladin
Oldsmobile launched the convertible Starfire late in the 1961 model year, on January 1st, 1961. It shared its wheelbase with the 88 but had a more powerful 330-hp, 394-cu. in. Rocket V8 engine. Its unmistakable signature was a wide brushed aluminum side sweep, which ran the length of the car. All Super 88 options were standard, and the Starfire also had power bucket seats, a console-mounted tachometer, and a dual exhaust system. Oldsmobile sold 7,800 Starfires.
Customizer John D’Agostino found this car at a Good Guys show at Pleasanton, California a couple of years ago. It had been brought from Northern California to be sold “and there were four or five guys behind me,” he recalled. A very sound original car, D’Agostino took it to Bill Hines in Long Beach, California to be customized to his “Aladdin” design. All the bodywork in the car is lead.
The windshield was cut down four inches, all three top bows reworked for the correct shape and a custom top installed. The leading edges of the hood were reworked, as was the trunk. The grille from a 1959 Imperial was adapted, with the taillights from a ’59 Cadillac. The interior was reupholstered in white leather, with diamond pleat, button-back and tuck-and-roll flourishes. The car was fitted with chrome wire wheels, adjustable air suspension and modern air-conditioning, and the chromed engine compartment is highly detailed.
D’Agostino and Chip Foose took the car to Scandinavia in 2009, where it won Best of Show in Sweden, repeated the performance in Finland and returned to the U.S. to be shown at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. A multiple award-winning car by one of this country’s greatest customizers, it is a rolling work of art.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
330 hp, 394 cu. in. OHV V8 engine, four-speed Hydramatic transmission, air-ride front suspension by wishbones and air ride rear with semi-solid live axle, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 123"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel