Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Convertible
Following WWII, Oldsmobile went from strength to strength, giving the fast-growing and increasingly affluent middle classes sleeker, faster and better-equipped automobiles with many standard features that were extra-cost options with the competition. Oldsmobile also led the performance charge in 1949 with its all-new, overhead-valve “Rocket” V-8 engine. Modern and compact, it grew from 303 cubic inches and 135 bhp to 371 cubic inches and nearly 300 bhp by 1957.
Prior to the 1957 AMA racing ban, Oldsmobile’s five NASCAR victories with drivers Lee and Richard Petty solidified its growing reputation as GM’s engineering division and gave a performance image to its entire model range. Buyers responded enthusiastically, with Oldsmobile grabbing a strong fifth-place sales ranking on the showroom floor.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan and in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
277 bhp, 371 cu. in. V-8 engine, Rochester Quadra-Jet four-barrel carburetor, Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126"
Source: RM Auctions
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