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1953 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible

Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Waldorf Astoria, New York
Waldorf Astoria, New York
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953 - Design proposal
Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, 1953 - Design proposal
Images: www.chuckstoyland.com; General Motors Archive
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The "X-P Rocket" Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible Show Car, 1953
A low, sleek, turquoise prototype, this Corvette-like two-seater was named after Lockheed’s F94B Starfire fighter. It prefigured several ideas that would reach production, although not necessarily by Oldsmobile: fiberglass bodywork, wraparound windshield, combination bumper-grille and bucket seats. Brake horsepower from the 308 V-8 was over 200, the first time this plateau had been reached.


Under Harley Earl’s design teams leadership, Oldsmobile unveiled the Starfire dream car at the 1953 GM Motorama. It was Oldsmobiles first GM Motorama concept car and was named after the Lockheed F-94B Starfire fighter plane.

Many Starfire features, most noticeably the large oval grille, found their way into the production 1956 models. It featured a wraparound windshield with a fiberglass body, one of the early attempts using this postwar “wonder” material.

A special built Rocket V8 with over 200-horsepower powered the Starfire. The Starfire was finished in a turquoise finish with a turquoise and white leather interior.

The Starfire was never intended for production. Its real purpose was to gauge public reaction to the new styling planned for 1954.
Source: Bill Bowman - wiki.gmnext.com; www.442.com
Comments
LB
Saturday, March 29, 2008
this is the best car on the planet

with out you there wouldnt be any corvettes so bown down you bad ass bow tie having s o b 's

oldsmobile fathered you all so corvette here's your daddy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Denai
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Haha wicked car
dayton
Thursday, January 6, 2011
This is sick looks kindda like my 54 olds 88 convert. i like the hood and the way there is no wing window
francesco forleo
Sunday, November 27, 2011
I'd like to reproduce this car in model 1:10, I do it completely handmade using the method of that time, using copper and brass. Please, someone who love this car can help me to find the right dimensions and some more pictures of the car details? Thanks a lot in advance for support.
francesco, Turin, Italy
francesco.forleo.to@gmail.com
rocket action lover
Thursday, January 12, 2012
This model is the "real-deal" in concept design. First fiberglass body, souped up Rocket 303 cid V8, bucket seats! This is the car of which the 1958 Thunderbird 4-place, personal-luxury, sports car idea came! The '58 T-Bird is often, but incorrectly, considered to be the first performance, personal luxury car. That honor belongs to this gorgeous 1953 Olds Starfire prototype.
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