The 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire sold for around $4,100 brand new and had a 3-speed automatic transmission powered by a 6.5-liter V8 engine. There were 447,594 Starfires made during 1962.
The Starfire went into production in 1960 and lasted until 1966. Eventually, Oldsmobile brought it back for the 1974 through 1980 model years. Beginning in 1961, the Starfire was available in both a hard-top and convertible model and, in 1962, the hard-top coupe joined the other models.
The 1962 Starfire was part of the second generation. Both the hard-top and convertible came in a 2-door style and each featured bucket seats, a center console and a floor shifter. The Starfire was the first automobile produced in the United States that was full-sized and featured this type of shifter. At the time of its production, the Starfire was Oldsmobile's most expensive car.
Beginning in 1962, Oldsmobile reinvented the hard-top version to give the roof the same soft roof line seen in other Olds models. The horsepower of the car was increased to 345 and, due to its improved performance and unique look, 1962 saw the best sales ever recorded for the model. The body style changed again in 1963 and Oldsmobile never again enjoyed the same level of sales for the Starfire.