1953 STARFIRE

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.