September 1, 2019 Update: we couldn’t confirm whether this Oldsmobile Starfire actually sold for the $6,800 asking price, however the latest listing expired and we haven’t found a new listing, so we’re calling this H-Body “Sold!”
We came across this white over red, 59K mile survivor, 1975 Oldsmobile Starfire on Craigslist in New Milford, Connecticut where the private seller currently has it listed for $5,900. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide lists its “Low, “Average”, and “High” value range for these cars at 0nly $675, $1,300, and $2,050, respectively. The private seller seems to believe that the low mileage survivor and perhaps nostalgia quality of this example is enough to justify a price nearly three times NADA’s high range. The bottom line is that these H-Body hatchbacks were one of the cleanest silhouettes to come out of GM Design in the 1970s, they were not great cars when new, particularly in 1975 when GM launched the use of catalytic converters that required unleaded fuel. Consequently we doubt he’ll find someone willing to pay that price and for that he receives our latest “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way!) Award.
Oldsmobile launched the Starfire as its version of the H-body (think Chevrolet Monza 2+2, Buick Skyhawk, and Pontiac Sunbird) GM produced from 1975 through 1980. GM designed the Vega-based H-body to show off its upcoming Wankel Rotary engine. However, when that power plant could not meet emissions and fuel economy targets, GM ended up offering these cars with traditional piston-based engines in four-, six, and even eight-cylinder versions.
The seller does not provide much of description about this car other than it “runs and drives well and looks good.” This example features Buick’s 231 cubic inch (3.8L) “Even-Fire” V6 connected to Turbo Hydramatic 200 automatic transmission. Nice options also include air conditioning, power steering and power brakes. There’s no question this survivor presents very nicely and will be a unique conversation piece when the new owner drives it to a local car show. We just hope they don’t pay anyway near what the seller is currently hoping to pocket. Good luck with the purchase!