As small foreign cars started flooding the market in the late ’50s, domestic manufactures scrambled to build smaller cars that could compete. Ford built the Falcon, Plymouth had the Valiant, and Oldsmobile had its F-85. This 1961 Oldsmobile F85 is in Gloversville, New York and can be found here on Craigslist for $7,000.
Unlike most of the compact cars that the F-85 was competing against, it came with a V8. The high compression 215 cui aluminum V8 helped keep weight down and while it’s a relatively small V8, it put out 155 hp and 210 lbs of torque in base configuration. We aren’t sure if this car has the base V8 or the upgraded 185 hp version, but either way it’s still a V8.
The seller didn’t include much information about the car, but it looks to be clean and solid. They claim the car only has 36,000 original miles and is a barn find. If you’ve been looking for a smaller classic, but want something different then the Falcon or Valiant, this Olds could be a great choice.