Mike Cibulas's '62 Starfire
These shots of my Ebony Black 1962 Starfire Coupe were taken in July, 1999 at the National
Antique Oldsmobile Club's National Meet at Oglebay Park in Wheeling, West Virginia. I have also
driven to the Oldsmobile Club Of America's 1998 National Meet in Springfield, Illinois, and prior to
that, attended the once-in-a-lifetime 100th Anniversary Celebration in Lansing, Michigan, in August
of 1997. I plan to attend the OCA 2000 National Meet in Parsippany, New Jersey, in July.
A brief history; my father had a Willow Mist (green) '62 Starfire Coupe from the time I was two
months old until age 3; it is one of my earliest memories. I knew someday I would have to obtain
one, and was lucky enough to find one in my favorite color preference, as the black contrasts nicely
with the aluminum trim panels and the generous amounts of chrome. To me, the '62 Starfire is a
transition car, and offers the best of both worlds, as it combines the glitz and chrome of the great
fifties cars, and is an early precursor to the later performance and muscle cars of the sixties.
The Starfire was the Olds "performance car" until the 4-4-2's came along, and also represented
Oldsmobile's entry into the "personal-luxury-sports" genre until the Toronado came on the scene in
My Starfire is powered by its 394 c.i. 345-horsepower engine (the most powerful Olds built up to
that time), with a 10.5:1 compression ratio; it also features (standard on Starfire) power steering,
power windows, power brakes, factory console with tachometer and 4-S Hydra-Matic shifter, factory
"fiber-glass-packed" dual exhausts (with resonators), and the "Safety Spectrum" speedometer,
featuring green, orange, and red bands that indicate speed ranges. This car also came equipped with
air conditioning, power antenna, the "Safety Sentinel" speed warning indicator, and automatic trunk
release. The car is being kept completely stock; the only exception is the headliner, which
currently matches the two-tone red leather-appointed interior, until I find something with the
appropriate texture and look of the original white headliner, with much more durability.
Thanks for reading about, and looking at, my Oldsmobile!