AJ's Car of the Day 1962 Oldsmobile F85 Cutlass Post Sedan

Car: Oldsmobile F85

Year: 1962

What makes it special: It was the second year for the first generation Oldsmobile F-85, with a convertible model now added to the line-up. Overall F-85 sales rose with the Cutlass replacing the four Deluxe sedan as the top selling model that year.

What made it famous: The F85 had unique trim, an interior with bucket seats and optional center console, and a 4-barrel 215 V8 engine, rated at 185 horsepower. This engine was optional on the F85 in addition to a 4-speed manual transmission.

Why I would want one: It has a very unique, almost aggressive scowl look to it, plus the optional Garrett turbocharged version of the 215 V8 rated at 215 bhp was available that year. The Jetfire optioned turbocharged V8 had a 0-60 time of 9.2 seconds, with a top speed of 110 mph when tested.

Fun fact: With forced induction and an already high compression ratio the JetFire was capable of producing more torque than a carburated engine that was twice its size, but the JetFire was prone to 'spark-knock' and without modern engine management systems the only solution was to use a 50/50 mixture of methanol and distilled water.


( 1962 Oldsmobile Cutlass F85 photo from boldride.com )