Oldsmobile capitalized on its fabulous 1953 Starfire Motorama concept car by adopting the name and important elements of the design to all its 98 series convertibles in 1955. Continued in 1956, the Starfire was powered by a 240 horsepower 324 cubic inch "Rocket" overhead valve high compression V-8 engine and came standard with "Jetaway" Hydra-Matic transmission, padded dash, courtesy lights, power steering, deluxe steering wheel, clock, spinner wheel covers and windshield washers. The 1956 Oldsmobile grille was a large, low oval opening separated by a vertical center bar, distinctive even among GM products in 1956. The taillight lenses continued the theme with fluted ovoids projecting from a complex recess at the top of the rear fenders. The oval theme was widely used in the interior and dashboard also, lending unusual cohesively to the design and details. This 1956 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire convertible is very tastefully presented in black with a red leather interior accented by white leather inserts and red carpets. It looks particularly good with its black cloth power top erected. Other options on this very well equipped Starfire include power brakes, power windows, power front bench seat, signal seeking 8-tube radio and a power antenna. It has had a very thorough and complete restoration with good paint, chrome and interior and has been well maintained and apparently seen little use since it was completed. One of just 8,581 Starfires built in 1956, it is very pleasing on the eye and will be proudly driven and displayed.
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