Hershey

5-6 October 2017

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Lot 159

1957 Oldsmobile 98 Starfire Ninety-Eight Convertible

  • Chassis no. 579M18085
  • Engine no. B200339

Sold for $75,900


  • One of just 8,278 Starfire convertibles built for 1957
  • Painstaking restoration to factory condition
  • Over $200,000 in restoration receipts; no expense spared
  • Rare and desirable color combination
  • Award winner at the 2010 Greenwich Concours


In the decade following the end of the Second World War, Oldsmobile provided the burgeoning American middle class with automobiles that were faster, more luxurious, and more graceful than many of its competitors. Oldsmobile cemented itself as one of the preeminent manufactures of the period by offering powerful V-8 engines and standard features that were otherwise optional on competitor’s cars.

With more than 384,390 cars sold that year and a handful of NASCAR wins by the legendary Petty family, it was clear that the 1957 Oldsmobiles were a force to be reckoned with both on the race track and the showroom floor.

This Oldsmobile was the subject of a no-expense-spared restoration which netted the Award for Timeless Elegance at the prestigious 2010 Greenwich Concours. It is presented in the elegant and correct for 1957 Allegheny Green finish, striking white convertible top, and tri-tone leather upholstery based on patterns made from a complete set of original factory upholstery. With factory-correct power steering, power windows, power front seat, power top, clock, and AM radio, this Oldsmobile is as comfortable as it is stylish.

The Starfire is in pristine condition, having been restored to factory standards and lovingly maintained since the restoration was completed. Included with the sale is a bale of restoration receipts which document the more than $200,000 spent. The owner reports that the car has made a recent 250-mile shakedown cruise, during which the car performed flawlessly.

This Oldsmobile is ready to make an impression on the show field, with its award-winning appearance at Greenwich being its only show to date. It offers today’s enthusiast the chance to stand out from the crowd, much like it did 60 years ago.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more