1978 Oldsmobile Starfire Mirage – This Should Not Exist, But It Does
“Starfire Mirage”. If I hadn’t been looking directly at the nose of an H-body Oldsmobile, I would’ve suspected that I was about to see the newest cartoon character from one of those weird Japanese cartoon films that you only really see playing in comic book stores. I know what the Olds Starfire is: a Chevrolet Monza with a slightly tweaked nose cone, the end. I know what a Mirage bodykit is, a bundle of flares and spoilers that Michigan Auto Techniques applied for GM to Monzas to give them that IMSA-ish feel.
Officially, Oldsmobile did not play the same game. The Starfire was meant to be a sporty yet upmarket car, a subcompact that made the Omega seem roomy by comparison. It was not meant to roll around in full disco pimp attire. So seeing one with flares and all is a bit jarring, especially when you get to the gold stripes outlined in red. At first glance, this could have very well been a special, themed similar to the Mirage and the Buick Skyhawk Nighthawk and it’s retroreflective stripe kit. But this is a custom…a dealership had the body kit installed, had the stripes applied and sprung for the very funky wheels, which look like Auto Drags at first, but instead are something I’ve never seen before.
The kit isn’t pretty. It’s chunky and fitment around the nose is bad. And the wheels look super-tiny, even though they are period correct. What do you think…is it a good throwback or a bad flashback?