Bare Bones: 1964 Oldsmobile F85 Club Coupe
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Guys With Rides is pleased to offer Lot 214, a bare-bones 1964 Oldsmobile F85, in an online, reserve-style auction format on behalf of the current private owner.

Bidding is now open and will continue for fourteen (14) consecutive days ending at 6:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday, May 31, 2023.

While the VIN hints this car came originally equipped with a V6, this 1964 Oldsmobile F85 now features a 290 horsepower 330 cubic inch V8 mated to a floor-shifted 4-Speed manual.

This F85 currently resides in Washington, Utah, situated between Las Vegas and Zion National Park.​

The Deets
Year: 1964
Make: Oldsmobile
Model: F85 Sports Coupe
Location: Washington, Utah
Mileage: TMU
VIN: 604F026156
Exterior Color: Regal Mist
Interior Color: Black Vinyl
Engine: 280 horsepower 330
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel: Gas

Current High Bid = $500

The first-generation Oldsmobile F-85 was a compact car produced by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors from 1961 to 1963. Introduced in 1961 as Oldsmobile’s version of General Motors’ “Y” Body, unibody senior compacts shared with Buick and Pontiac,  the F-85 was intended to compete with other entry-level cars like the Ford Falcon and the Chevrolet Corvair. Unfortunately, the first-generation F-85 enjoyed limited success.

In 1964, General Motors replaced its senior compact “Y” Body with a more conventional body-on-frame intermediate size “A” body shared by all divisions except Cadillac.  Oldsmobile’s “A” Body version was the F-85, available in various body styles, including a 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and station wagon. The F85 also offered different trim levels: Standard, Deluxe, and Cutlass. The Cutlass was the top-of-the-line trim and offered additional luxury features and options.  In terms of design, the 1964 F-85 featured a sleek and angular body with clean lines. The front end had a wide grille and quad headlights, giving it a distinctive look. The rear end had a wraparound chrome bumper and taillights that were integrated into the rear fenders.

Under the hood, the 1964 F-85 came with a range of engine options. The base engine was a 225 cubic inch (3.7-liter) V6 sourced from Buick, which produced 155 horsepower. Optional engines included a 330 cubic inch (5.4-liter) V8 engine with 290 horsepower and a high-performance 330 cubic inch V8 with 310 horsepower. Transmission options included a 3-speed manual, 4-speed manual, or a 2-speed automatic.

The 1964 F85 received positive reviews for its smooth ride, comfortable interior, and decent performance. It was seen as a reliable and well-built compact car with a touch of luxury. However, it faced tough competition from other compact models in the market, and sales numbers were not as high as Oldsmobile had hoped. However, the bright spot was how many top-trim F-85 Cutlass models were sold in 1964. Consequently, by 1965 Oldsmobile marketers focused on the Cutlass and 442 trim levels for its intermediate A-Body offering.

The seller of the 1964 Oldsmobile F-85 featured here indicates his car features both radio and heater delete options, making this 1964 Oldsmobile F-85 an entry-level “stripper” model, especially in two-door post-coupe form. Based on the undercarriage details, the seller believes a prior owner completed a frame-off restoration on a solid west coast example, as all of the sheet metal appears to be original to the car with no signs of any patchwork needed.  While the car’s VIN indicates it left the Fremont, California assembly plant with a Buick-sourced V6, this 1964 Oldsmobile F-85 now features a 290 horsepower version of Oldsmobile’s 330 cubic inch “Jetfire” V8.  Sending the V8’s horsepower to the rear wheels is a floor-shifted four-speed manual.  In addition to the clean undercarriage, the seller notes their F-85 features a stainless steel dual exhaust system.

While this F-85 left the factory without a radio, the seller currently has an under-dash-mounted modern Kenwood stereo connected to a remote-controlled CD changer with speakers placed in the rear seat. The current owner took care not to modify the car’s rear shelf tray, so the next caretaker can return the car’s interior to stock if desired.  This 1964 Oldsmobile F-85 features period-correct five-spoke after-market wheels, steering wheel, and yellow low-beam headlights, the sale includes the original uncracked steering wheel and correct “T3” clear headlights.

We what like about this 1964 Oldsmobile F-85 is the “Sleeper” vibe it gives off.  Other than the period-correct Mickey Thompson style Mag Wheels and rear traction bars, this entry-level F-85 doesn’t provide any clues of the potent 330 cubic inch Rocket V8 lurking underneath the car’s hood.

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing you with access to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales year-to-date. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

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Documentation Gallery

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If you have any questions about this 1964 Oldsmobile F-85 Club Coupe, please comment below or call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking, and happy bidding!
2 Comments
  1. 1964 Red Oldsmobile F85 Auction. Lot 214

    Are you sure the seats are tan ? They look very black in most pictures. Two different shades/fabrics, but very black. A couple of pictures look like they could be a tan or gray, but most look two tone black.

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    • 1964 Red Oldsmobile F85 Auction. Lot 214

      Hi Darren, our apologies for the confusion. The seller confirmed the seats are black and we’ve updated this listing accordingly. Thank you for keeping us honest!

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