Oldsmobile Starfire

The Oldsmobile Starfire was a rear-wheel drive subcompact car manufactured from 1975 to 1980. The Starfire moniker was used before on the 98 convertible, which was offered from 1954 to 1957. The name was also used on a special edition of the 88 from 1961 to 1966. This H-body Starfire was at first offered with only the Buick 231 V6 although the 2300 was offered in 1977. Later, again in 1978, the Pontiac 151 in<sup>3</sup> Iron Duke replaced it. The Chevrolet Starfire was available as a rear-wheel drive hatchback, a coupe and a wagon. It was created as a replacement for the Chevrolet Vega, and although there was three years of overlap, they were both based on the same GM H platform. In fact, a few other models are based upon the same platform, and they include the Monza, the Buick Skyhawk and the Pontiac Sunbird. The Oldsmobile models had previously used the Starfire nameplate from 1954 to 1957 on the flagship Ninety-Eight convertible. It was used again from 1961 to 1966 on a special trim hardtop and convertible that was based on the B-body Oldsmobile 88 and featured a distinctive roofline, leather bucket seats, a console and luxury trim. This was an early entry in the personal-luxury car market that was created with the 1958 Ford Thunderbird. The initial engines that were offered for 1975 were the 2300 I4 and the 262 V8. Things were changing though, and from 1977 through 1979, the whole country got just one V8, the 305 V8. Oldsmobile was then offering the Buick 231 V6, which was followed by the 2300 in 1977. That was later upgraded to the 305 V8 in 1978. By 1980, the V8 engine was entirely removed from the GM H platform. Bottom line, this model was too hung up in engine changes to offer anything new or attractive to buyers.