1962 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible - Ted Loranz is a Lucky Man!
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Ted's current Holy Grail, this gorgeous, white-over-red, '62 Starfire convertible.
Ted Loranz has wanted a '62 Starfire ever since he
was 18 and he occasionally drove his boss's Starfire in the early
1960's as part of his job. After first purchasing a '63 Starfire in 1997
and a different '62 Starfire in 1999, both of which he still owns, Ted
came into possession of this featured car in 2004 after seeing it for
sale on eBay.
1962 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible -
Ted Loranz has finally found his holy grail - for now
many old car enthusiasts, Ted Loranz experienced his first automotive
love as a teenager, and in Ted’s case, that happened when he was 18 and
had a summer job driving an International Harvester Carryall with
attached trailer for a secondhand furniture/antique store. It was tiring
work, and he would be out all day picking up and delivering what he
thought was junk, but the redeeming factor was the car his boss drove – a
brand new Wedgewood Blue 1962 Starfire Holiday Coupe. It was the
prettiest car he had ever seen, and he was in love.
now and then he was able to drive it on an errand for the store or the
boss, and he was floating on air – the sleek styling, the aluminum side
panels, the powerful response when kicked down into “Super”, all
combined to convince him that this was the ONLY car to own, and he
resolved that someday he would.
As he grew older, Ted progressed
through a series of cars, starting with a 1959 Plymouth and quickly
moving on to a succession of Oldsmobiles, including a 1957 98 Holiday
Coupe and a 1959 Dynamic 88. While in college, his roommate’s father
owned a red 1963 Starfire. It was pretty and fast and he was able to
drive it a couple of times, but it didn’t excite him as much as the ’62
model. In 1968 he purchased a beautiful 1962 red-over-white 98 Holiday
Coupe which was pretty close to, but not quite, a Starfire.
and his wife honeymooned in the ’62 98, and she still considers it to be
the best car he ever owned. Eventually it was sold in favor of a 1964
Cutlass and then a 1966 Cutlass that he drove almost 200,000 miles. A
random assortment of basic transportation devices followed, but every
now and then he would see a 1962 Starfire, and his love would be
rekindled – only to be dashed when he looked at his checkbook.
in 1997, it happened, sort of. Ted found a white ’63 Starfire coupe in
a magazine ad. The car had dented rear bumper and was missing some
trim, but it was solid and presentable, so he bought it. For two years,
Ted scoured the country looking for parts for the car, and he was happy
One day in 1999, though, he was perusing the
classified ad section of www.442.com when a listing jumped out – an
all-original ‘62 white-over-black Starfire Coupe with only 62,000
miles. Ted received a video of the car from the seller, and he agreed
on a price without seeing it in person. The car was delivered a few
weeks later in a covered, multi-car carrier. It ran well when it
arrived, but he still did some minor things like replacing the
carburetor and power steering pump. Ted thought he finally had his dream
car. But this, too, isn’t the end of the story.
hobbyists, he habitually searches eBay for parts for all of his
Oldsmobiles and often finds something useful. Every now and then
listings would appear for various 1962 Starfires in different states of
condition, but nothing really caught his eye until June 5, 2004 when a
1962 Starfire convertible, Chariot Red with a white top and only 68,000
emailed the owner and asked for some pictures of the car with the top
up. The owner complied, and Ted started a dialog where he learned that
the seller had bought the car at a collector car auction in Seattle in
1993. After extensive conversation, Ted ended up with the winning bid,
and, on June 21, 2004, the car was his.
Upon arrival a couple
of weeks later, the car’s battery was dead because the interior light
switch was left on, but the driver quickly jump-started it and backed it
out of the truck.
Ted went through the car mechanically since it
hadn’t really been driven for several years. Nothing major was found,
and now, for Ted, everything really is right with the world as he has
his Holy Grail. But there is always eBay and there is always tomorrow .
Ted's Starfire had 68,000 miles on it when he acquired it.
The interior is original and immaculate.
Starfire Rocket V-8 displaces 394 cubic inches and puts out 345 hp.
After a dead battery required a jump start, truck driver Alan carefully backs the Starfire out of the truck on delivery.
Base price of the '62 Starfire convertible was $4,744, making it the most expensive Oldsmobile offered that year.
Ted's black-over-white '62 Starfire coupe purchased in 1999.
Ted's first Starfire, an all-white '63 coupe purchased in 1997.
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