Wednesday, July 30, 2014

1956 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Convertible by Franklin Mint

The Oldsmobile 98 (a Series 90 with an 8-cylinder engine, hence the Ninety-Eight) was a full-size automobile and the flagship model of the Oldsmobile division of General Motors and related  Cadillac Series 62. This is fourth generation (1954-56).
 Oldsmobile first used the Starfire name on a one-off show car at General Motors’ 1953 Motorama auto show held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Named after the Lockheed F-94 jet fighter plane.
The top of the line body-style was the Convertible and sold for $3380. A total of 8,581 examples of the convertible were produced for 1956. The car comes with the famous Oldsmobile Rocket V8 motor coupled to a Hydro-matic transmission.
What we have here is a Franklin Mint 1956 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Starfire Convertible beautifuly finished in a two-tone pale blue and white, the convertible roof is also white.
Model has opening doors, hood, chrome-plated driver's side rearview mirror, sculpture exhaust tips, whitewall tires, and 'spinner' wheel covers. The interior has black and white upholstery with matching black carpeting, a black padded dash with a white painted lower half. Deluxe steering wheel with horn ring, deck lid '98' script, back-up light moldings. Absolutely perfectly detailed chassis on this scale has no competition.
Nice detail - word STARFIRE is spelled out across the lower portion of the front fender and side trim permitted attractive two-tone finish.
This outstanding example is one of top stars from Franklin Mint Extension Set of Classic Cars of the 50s. Twenty-year-old  die cast model to preset a high standard of quality you can get on eBay.

Franklin Mint 1956 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Convertible

This is a rocket it would move on down the road!

 Manufacturer: Franklin Mint
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 1990
 Part Number: UO23
 Material: DieCast
 Rating: 10 / 10