Thursday, February 28, 2013

1953 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible

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.
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