1962 Oldsmobile Super 88 Starfire Wagon G80. One of 3,837 Super 88 wagons made in 1962. Custom two-tone Candy Red paint with a fully custom red two tone leather interior. Chevy performance 502 CID big-block V-8 engine, Tremec five-speed manual transmission, Ford 9-inch Traction-Lok rear end, Air-conditioning, tinted glass, 6-way power front bucket seats, power locks, power windows, power steering and power four-wheel disc brakes. Starfire-style center console with tachometer, tilt steering column, Air Ride Suspension, chrome roof rack, leather wrapped steering wheel, 18-inch Boyd Coddington polished wheels, AM/FM/CD custom sound system with sub and amp in storage compartment in rear.
It’s previous owner invested more than $85,000 to customize this bad ass big block wagon. Finished in a custom, two-tone Candy Red, this hauler’s paint and trim are in show quality condition, as are its eight pieces of tinted glass, which are clear and intact.
The wagon’s lights are in similar shape, clear and haze-free. This wagon rides on Boyd Coddington polished wheels wrapped in Continental radial tires, 245/45ZR18 in front and 275/45R18 in back. To stop this wagon, all four corners have upgraded power disc brakes and polished dust cover to keep those beautiful wheels clean.
All of the body panels are solid and straight and the chrome bumpers and “reverse” rear fins look great. The engine bay is well sorted and highly detailed, the battery looks new and the cargo area is in great shape. Underneath is an air-ride suspension plus front and rear sway bars. The undercarriage is solid, clean and tidy.
Enabling all of the hauling possibilities noted above is a massive Chevrolet performance 502 CID big-block V-8 engine with 2 four barrel carbs breathing through a three-inch Flowmaster exhausts and headers. The engine has an upgraded aluminum radiator. Bolted to the engine is a Tremec five-speed manual transmission and backed up by a nine-inch Ford Traction-Lok differential. The thermometer looking speedometer called the “speed bar “ by Oldsmobile, works beautifully and is sooo cool to watch, as you climb in speed the indicator slides to the right changing color as your speed increases.
Driver convenience features include air-conditioning tilt steering column, power front bucket seats, power locks, power windows, power steering and power four-wheel disc brakes. Inside, the red leather interior looks great. The seats are in excellent shape and the complementing red carpet still appears clean and without wear. The headliner also presents very well. The instrument panel is in great shape and there are ancillary gauges mounted beneath the dash as well as in the center console, which has been lifted from an Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible. Facing the driver is a two-spoke steering wheel covered in matching leather with a tilting column. The wheel and the inner door panels are in good order, as is the mirror glass, center console and the shifter. Rounding out the interior is a Pioneer AM/FM stereo with CD. Currently not working are the reverse and hazard lights, the power antenna and the lock in the rear (trunk) compartment door (it wont operate the window)
For 1962, the Oldsmobile 88 received a “second-year” face-lift that included a revised grille and front bumper. Changes to the rear included the removal of the rear fender skegs and oval taillights, one on each side for Dynamic and Super 88 models replacing the 1961’s round units. 1962 Starfires received two oval lights per side, much like the concurrent Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight models. Changes to the greenhouse included new roof lines for the four-door Celebrity sedan and Holiday hardtop sedans. Two-door sedans were dropped, while two-door hardtops received a new convertible-inspired roofline. The “bubble-top” two-door hardtop was dropped as well. Length was increased somewhat to give the ’62 Olds a longer look. Oldsmobile marketing continued to use the trade names of “Roto-matic Power Steering” and “Pedal-eeze Power Brakes.”
All Oldsmobiles featured the “speed bar” speedometer. Introduced in 1959, the speedometer used a rolling black cylinder with sections painted brilliant green, yellow and bright red. As the car went from a stop forward in speed, the cylinder rolled, first exposing the green in a window that matched the numeric speed on stationary speed dial for low speeds, yellow at moderate speeds and finally red at highway speeds. Drivers who topped the car over 100 mph moved the cylinder into an area where only the black base color was visible.
Oldsmobile Dynamic 88s and Oldsmobile Fiesta wagons for 1962 (based on the 88 platform but retaining most of the 1961 wagon’s rear styling) each had their own upholstery patterns in single and dual-tone colors. Super 88s received tri-tone upholstery and trim. Heaters became standard equipment on all models and the push-button controls were located to the right of the steering wheel column. Cars equipped with factory air conditioning replaced the vent control panel with the air conditioning panel, which also contained its own blower switch. These cars also sported round dash vents for the A/C airflow delivery.
Competition to this Oldsmobile grocery-getter in 1962 included Buick’s LeSabre Estate Wagon, Chrysler’s New Yorker Town & Country Wagon, Dodge’s Dart 440 Wagon and Mercury’s Colony Park Wagon.
Whether you’re searching for a unique marketing tool for your business or to haul groceries, haul the grandchildren or just haul ass, THIS WAGON CHECKS ALL THE BOXES. Current mileage on the odometer shows 4,147 miles.