Review of the
The 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire were not
an ordinary car of its time. It was an high performance luxury coupe
with all the bells and whistles in a fairly big size.
Therefore you will not had been seen this car on every corner in the
This 1962 Oldsmobile is also not an common model car and to my knowledge
only Lucky Die-cast premium signature series, have made a model in 1:18
scale. One of the recognizable features of this model is the massive
amount of trim in chrome and stainless steel from bumper to bumper just
like the real car. I must say it looks fantastic when the color contrast
is; Provincial White hardtop and Regal Black body. Speaking of colors,
Oldsmobile always had a favorite color: The Burgundy Mist Poly, this
red/purple color can still be see on the turbine shaped hubcaps on this
A special feature that was hot fashion in those days was; the hardtop
coupe looks like a closed convertible. The roof itself was very thin and
had the neck above the rear window just to simulate a real ragtop.
Clearly seen on the model as Lucky Die-cast had made a fine job here.
As often said before I weight the paint and prep work high on a model
for giving a realism and models from Yatming Group are always very well
produced, but on this particular model car a bit buffing with a soft
cotton cloth was needed. Otherwise the model is well assembled only with
a small amount of flaws and I here think about the careless mount of the
stickers on the instrument panel – sure a minor issue as one easily can
fix this with a pair of tweezers.
The interior looks fantastic as the real car. High-end Oldsmobile’s had
real leather interior and on this model the red/maroon saloon looks
amazing. Signature series from Lucky Die Cast often don’t use real
carpet and on this model the carpet is missing both in the floor inside
as in the trunk compartment. – A bit of a shame in my book.
Let’s walk around the car and see all the individual parts and
highlights. Up front the grill is the face of the car. We can’t find any
flaws here everything is perfect made and assembled. The real lenses fit
and are orientated right. The grill itself has the blackwash paint to
simulate real mesh and in the center is a fine Oldsmobile Star-emblem.
The hood is well casted with the center trim line in chrome and when
opens, the hinges are very realistic made in miniature. Looking down on
the high performance motor we can confirm nothing is missing here;
Wires, hoses and the correct stickers are all present.
The door hinges is realistic made with spring mechanism and close well
with only small gabs. And speaking of the doors; you can move the door
windows up or down just with a little push from your fingers – a cool
feature also when you will protect the interior from dust when the model
Emblems around the model are tampon-stamped painted and look good (front
fender, C-pillar, deck lid and center of hub caps) although I would
prefer the etched-metal as Sun Star Models have, but remember the model
have a slight lower purchase price than Sun Stars. – Some will say you
get what you pay for!
The rear of the car is fantastic designed and Oldsmobile’s always had a
distinctive rear with the brake lights as rocket exhaust. Remember from
the mid fifties to the late sixties Space age design was hot! The four
red rear brake lights is only painted with opaque red color over chrome
background and look good, but I had preferred real red plastic lenses as
on other Signature series models. If we open the deck lid the trunk have
a spare tire up front and a well made jack lay on the trunk floor.
The “glass” windows is made of god plastic with only a small amount of
distortion and looks good. The entire trim package on this model is made
of chrome and not painted silver as seen on some parts on other models.
The tires with thin white wall lines and tread pattern that surrounds
the glorious turbine hub caps is perfect, and gives the model an
exclusive feel just like the real 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Coupe. Other
fine details such as real stainless steel antenna, hollow exhaust pipes
and real license plates are among the vastness in attention to details
on this model.
Lucky Die Cast made this model in two paint schemes and the other is in
all Metallic red also known as Garnet Mist Poly. And the choice is
yours. I can highly recommend this 1962 Starfire to all collectors.
I will give this model
5 out of 6 stars ******
Below here are pictures of the model,
historical description, old brochures, technical data and some movie clips
the real car. So please enjoy!
Oldsmobile Starfire 1961-1962
The first full-fledged Starfire series arrived with Oldsmobile's 1961
models, which were advertised as "Distinguished . . . Distinctive . . .
Decidedly New." Introduced as a personal-luxury convertible, the
Starfire was designed to compete with the four-passenger Thunderbird and
used much the same design formula.
Thus, it was offered only with two doors -- coupe (beginning 1962) or
convertible -- and featured a fancy interior, a high-powered version of
the legendary Rocket V-8, striking exterior chrome/aluminum trim, and a
beefed-up 88 chassis. The Starfire series lasted until the revolutionary
Toronado picked up the Oldsmobile personal-luxury banner.
Although Oldsmobile officials had already decided to produce the new
1961 Starfire, they deliberately held it back for a mid-year
introduction. The delay was used so as not to upstage the debut of
Oldsmobile's long-awaited compact, the F-85.
Taking a page from its 1953 Fiesta program, Oldsmobile chose the General
Motors 1961 Motorama, which opened on Nov. 3, 1960, at the
Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, to show off the new one-model series.
Jack F. Wolfram, Oldsmobile general manager, told a New York auto show
press conference that the Starfire was scheduled for a
limited-production run "at a later date."
The first Starfires began arriving at selected Oldsmobile dealerships in
January 1961. Unlike the Starfires of the Fifties, the new Olds
convertible shared its 123-in.-wheelbase chassis with the 88 models. The
front grille and rear design treatment, however, were more akin to the
The 1961 Starfire rode a 123-in. wheelbase like the 88, but grille and
rear trim were more like the Ninety-Eight.
Exterior styling touches exclusive to the Starfire included two slim
parallel hood moldings and a 4-in.-wide band of brushed aluminum on the
sides. But it was the Starfire's interior that stood out as its most
striking feature; leather-covered bucket seats separated a multi-faceted
console that had a chrome-plated automatic transmission shifter,
tachometer, and much more.
The Starfire's sparkling performance came from the Rocket V-8, a
395-cubic-in. V-8 that cranked out 330 HP and 440 lbs/ft of torque at
2800 rpm. It looked as well as it ran, sporting a chrome-plated air
cleaner perched atop the four-barrel carburetor and shiny valve covers
and oil filler cap. Of course, the 10.25:1 compression ratio meant that
it burned only premium fuel.
The special Waldorf-Astoria Starfire was painted in a deep luster Autumn
Mist and complemented by a red leather interior and white convertible
top. Production Starfires came in 15 exterior colors and interiors of
gray, fawn, blue, and red. Convertible tops could be had in white,
black, green, blue, fawn, and red.
A price tag of $4,647 made the Starfire the most expensive Olds since
the special Fiesta convertible that listed at $5,717 in 1953, and $8
more expensive than the 1961 T-Bird ragtop. The production run was far
more ambitious than the limited-production Fiesta and 7,600 of the 1961
Starfires were built -- making it the second most popular 1961 Olds
The introduction of the Starfire came too late to include the first-year
model in most 1961 Oldsmobile literature, but a special tri-fold,
six-panel brochure outlined Starfire virtues. Even rarer was a
direct-to-dealer piece urging dealerships to stage special open houses
to showcase the new model, giving interested dealerships with up to 500
invitations and envelopes.
Oldsmobile product planners expanded the Starfire lineup in 1962 with
the addition of a coupe. Despite direct competition from the new Pontiac
Grand Prix, this model year would mark the all-time high production
record for the Starfire as a separate series. A complete sheetmetal
revamp gave the Starfire a clean, new look. As expected, the coupe
outsold the convertible by about five to one; total Starfire production
Along with the exterior restyling, the 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire's
exclusive V-8 turned out an additional 15 HP -- 345 from the same 394
cubic in. as the previous year. For 1962 it featured a new combustion
chamber shape and a slightly higher 10.5:1 compression ratio.
The exterior styling treatment centered on an expanded brushed-aluminum
side trim package. The standard equipment list was as impressive as
previous model years. Sticker price on the new coupe started at $4,131
actually $50 less expensive than the Ninety-Eight Sports Coupe. The Starfire convertible remained the most expensive car in the Olds lineup
The Starfire slipped quietly from the Oldsmobile roster after 1966,
replaced by the dramatic all-new Toronado. The name didn't die, however,
for it was revived in 1975 for an unabashed Chevy Monza clone, which
itself was basically a recycled Vega. The little Starfire hatchback was
retired without fanfare after the 1980 model run.
The year 1987 marks the 90th anniversary of Oldsmobile in the automobile
business. During six of those years a production run of nearly 120,000
Starfires was made. For most of its tenure, the Starfire rightfully
reigned as the top-of-the-line Oldsmobile.
Certainly there were flashier cars in the Sixties, but when compared to
its lowlier brethren -- the 88s, Ninety-Eights, and Jetstars -- the
Starfire stood out proudly as Oldsmobile's flagship. It should also be
accorded its historical slot as Oldsmobile's first venture into the
While it certainly wasn't the "sports car" that Olds PR types and
marketers of the day labeled it, it was a solid automotive value -- all
traditional Oldsmobile from bumper to bumper.
The Oldsmobile Starfire managed to hold an important door open through
the mid-Sixties until the revolutionary Toronado was ready to roar
through to genuinely stun the American automotive market.
1962 Oldsmobile Starfire
Oldsmobile Starfire Coupe Hydra-Matic Drive (aut. 3) , model year 1962,
version for North America (up to October)
2-door coupe body type
RWD (rear- wheel drive), automatic 3-speed gearbox
gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 6460 cm3 / 394.2 cui,
advertised power: 257.2 kW / 345 hp / 350 PS ( SAE gross ), torque: 597
Nm / 440 lb-ft
Dimensions: outside length: 5433 mm / 213.9 in, width: 1979 mm / 77.9
in, wheelbase: 3124 mm / 123 in
reference weights: shipping weight 1911 kg / 4213 lbs base curb weight:
1966 kg / 4334 lbs
Top speed: 195 km/h (121 mph)
accelerations: 0- 60 mph 8.4© s; 0- 100 km/h 8.8
fuel consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c©: 26.8 l/100km /
10.5 mpg (imp.) / 8.8 mpg (U.S.) / 3.7 km/l.