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Pick of the Day: 1966 Oldsmobile F-85

A cruiser finished in Ocean Mist


According to Kelley Blue Book, one out of every four new cars sold in 2022 is white. Following closely are silver and black. It’s no wonder so many of the vehicles on the road tend to blend into one another.

In this era when going incognito is all the rage, mid-century collector cars with vivid paint colors stand out in a big way. One example comes is today’s feature car.

The Pick of the Day is a 1966 Oldsmobile F-85 listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Shuniah, Ontario. (Click the link to view the listing)

1966 Oldsmobile F-85
1966 Oldsmobile F-85

Finished in striking Ocean Mist (Code #43364, in case you were wondering), this well-kept Club Coupe has a matching bench-seat interior that complements its outside perfectly.

“I have had the pleasure of driving this beautiful car for 15 years, and now it’s time to pass it on to a new owner,” the listing states.

1966 Oldsmobile F-85
1966 Oldsmobile F-85

Showing just 80,274 original miles, the car looks the part of a garage-kept survivor, especially having resided in Canada where the elements can be relentless. The seller notes that the body, frame, and trunk are rust-free, and the paint is in good condition with only small blemishes noted.

The F-85 compact entry-level cars were first added to the Oldsmobile lineup in 1961. The Cutlass, which later became a standalone model of its own, was originally the top trim level of the F-85. Body style variants were vast including coupes, sedans, hardtops, convertibles, and station wagons.

The car’s name itself was coined with inspiration drawn from fighter jets including the F-86 Sabre. Oldsmobile had already given space-inspired names to a variety of its models and features, including its Rocket V8 engine. A second-generation of the F-85 launched in 1964 sharing General Motors’ A-body platform with the Chevrolet Chevelle, the Pontiac Tempest, and the Buick Special. A later restyle in 1966, shown in this example, brought a semi-fastback roofline along with revised sail panels.

Power for this Ocean Mist coupe comes from an “Action Line” 250cid inline-six paired with a three-speed column-shifted manual transmission – a drivetrain that was reserved for base models, but easily upgraded. The seller states that the motor runs smooth and does not burn oil.

“Action Line” 250cid inline-six engine
“Action Line” 250cid inline-six engine

“Exceptionally smooth ride with no squeaks or rattles. Fun to drive! Leave it original or turn it into a clone 442,” the seller states.

This F-85 is bound to turn a few heads when compared to all the grayscale crossovers that are clogging up today’s roadways. The asking price is $16,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.



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