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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.

1966 oldsmobile f-85, Pick of the Day: 1966 Oldsmobile F-85, ClassicCars.com Journal

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 grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.



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