Oldsmobile Starfire 98 Street Custom Build “ELI”
- 1950 style street custom with elements from five General Motors makes - 1951 Pontiac Chieftain lighted hood ornament, fender homages to 1950s Buick VentiPorts, 1959 Cadillac tail lights and 1959 Chevrolet rear fender antennas
- GM ZZ383 stroker engine making 440 HP and 430 ft/lbs of torque
- Unique, custom cold air intake and a Holley 770 CFM carburetor
- Borla centered, custom through the bumper exhaust with 5-inch tips
- GM 700R4 transmission and 3.42 gearing
- Fatman front clip with rack-and-pinion steering and Wilwood disc brakes
- Air suspension with front sway bar, rear 4-link and Panhard bar
- March Performance front runner system
- Two-stage PPG Vibrance Money and custom Cream paint
- Unique, custom use of lighting
- One-off Brown and Cream leather interior design with seats modified from a 2006 Cadillac STS
- Speedhut GPS-powered speedometer and tachometer
- Pioneer stereo system
- Power windows and locks and vintage air-conditioning
- LED-lit fender Rockets; amber in front, red in back for turn signals and flasher
- Trunk release, door unlock and battery minder lead concealed in driver's side tail light
- Concealed battery shut-off and hot lead on the frame under the driver's side rear quarter
- Classic baby moons and beauty rings
- Small railroad type air whistle under front quarter
- Wide whitewall tires
- Sideview mirrors from an Olds Aurora, Olds’ final model
- Documentation includes a laminated, oversized background information card on the car
There will probably never be another Oldsmobile 98 Starfire like this one. Dubbed “ELI” as a dual rolling tribute to Oldsmobile and REO founder Ransom Eli Olds and Harley J. Earl, GM’s original styling wizard and founder of the company’s Art & Colour studio.
The builder of this gorgeous 1957 Oldsmobile Starfire 98 fell in love with the full-size Olds as a young boy but his passion never subsided and the result is this 1950s-style Street Custom with elements borrowed from all five of General Motors’ contemporaneous makes.
Nicknamed “Eli” after Ransom Eli Olds, the car also pays tribute to legendary designer Harley Earl, who oversaw the design used in many of its details, including the 1951 Pontiac Chieftain hood ornament, the oval fender vents honoring Buick’s 1950s VentiPorts, the 1959 Cadillac taillights and the 1959 Chevrolet rear fender antennas.
This Starfire 98 is decorated in PPG Vibrance Money and custom Cream two-stage paint, with custom LED lighting in the headlights and hood ornament and fender rockets adding unique highlights. Note the tri-section rear window treatment.
A GM Performance ZZ383 stroker engine supplies 440 horsepower and 430 lbs-ft of torque while disguised as an Olds Rocket V-8. The engine bay is extremely tidy. The modified Spectre Performance cold-air intake over a Holley 770 CFM four-barrel carburetor, March Performance front runner system and custom Borla through-the-bumper exhaust with five-inch tips, complete the power equation. A GM 700R4 overdrive transmission and a 3.42:1 rear end contribute to cruise economy elements. The chassis incorporates all the components needed to deliver excellent handling and braking. A Fatman Fabrications front clip contributes rack-and-pinion steering, Wilwood disc brakes and a four-link rear suspension, Panhard bar and airbags at all four corners combine with BFG Silvertown wide whitewall radial tires, size 225/75R15, on painted deep-dish steelies fitted with classic chrome beauty rings and baby moon hubcaps.
Contrasting the car’s exterior classic vibe, the custom fabricated brown and cream leather interior has been modernized while still retaining a few old-school touches. The seats are from a 2006 Cadillac STS. The dash is completely shaved and padded while keeping the Olds’ signature oval instrument bezel, now fitted with a Speedhut GPS-powered speedometer and tachometer, as well as battery and fuel gauges. A Pioneer sound system, power windows and locks and vintage air-conditioning ensure cruising comfort in this very unique 1957 Olds Street Custom. The interior is as modern as can be, with a few vintage touches. The center console features power window switches ensconced among aircraft-style toggle switches, a pair of cupholder and three ancillary gauges, all hidden beneath a sliding wood door.
Eli’s rocket logos are not the ones used in Oldsmobile advertising; they represent the work the car’s designer died as a software troubleshooter on test software for the 5 Rocketdyne F-1 engines that powered the Saturn V moon rocket.
Bill O’Connor of Horse Shoe, North Carolina, designed and built Eli between 2014 and 2016. O’Connor, with friends and other craftsmen, including Hendersonville’s General Auto Report and Blue Ridge Auto Services, worked under O’Connor’s close supervision.
Documentation includes a laminated, oversized background information card on the car.
If you collect GM cars, if you prefer eclectic cars, if you collect one-off and unique vehicles, then we have just the ticket for your next acquisition at MotoeXotica Classic Cars. Stop in today to check out Eli for yourself.
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows x,xxx miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!
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