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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Automotive Industries page on 23 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

General Motors began developing its first compact cars in 1956, beginning with initial planning on what would become the Chevrolet Corvair in 1960. The following year a second series of somewhat larger cars was planned for Buick, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac; what would be termed "senior compacts." They would share the same body shell and lightweight engine. Oldsmobile designer Irvin Rybicki began work on the Olds model in 1957. It finally went on sale in 1960 as a 1961 model.

The Oldsmobile F-85 shared a new Y-body platform with the Buick Special and Pontiac Tempest, using a 112-inch (2845 mm) wheelbase and still-novel unibody construction. It was Oldsmobile's smallest, cheapest model – some two feet (60 cm) shorter and $451 less than the next-smallest Olds. The F-85 had double wishbone front suspension and a four-link live axle in the rear, suspended with coil springs all around. Standard engine was the new Rockette 215 cu in (3.5 l) all aluminum V8, (which later became famous as the Rover V8). With a two-barrel carburetor and a 8.75:1 compression ratio, it was rated 155 bhp (115.6 kW) at 4,800 rpm and 210 lb⋅ft (285 N⋅m) at 3,200 rpm. Transmission options were initially a three-speed manual and the newly introduced three-speed Roto Hydramatic. The F-85 had drum brakes of 9.5 inches (240 mm) diameter. Overall length was initially 188.2 inches (4,780 mm), and curb weight was around 2,800 pounds (1,300 kg).


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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
9 September 1968NHTSA Recall 68V085000 1968 Buick Skylark, 1968 Buick Special, 1968 Chevrolet, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle, 1968 Chevrolet Chevy II, 1968 Chevrolet El Camino, 1968 Oldsmobile F-85, 1968 Pontiac Firebird, 1968 Pontiac Tempest
Vehicle Speed Control
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
25 November 1970NHTSA Recall 70V143000
1971 Buick Skylark, 1971 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1971 Chevrolet Biscayne, 1971 Chevrolet Camaro, 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle, 1970 Chevrolet El Camino, 1971 Chevrolet Impala, 1971 Chevrolet Nova, 1971 Oldsmobile F-85, 1971 Pontiac Firebird, 1971 Pontiac Le Mans
Vehicle Speed Control
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page


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Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit - Jo-Han C-3862'62 Oldsmobile F-85 Hardtop CutlassUSA Oldies, 1:25 scale,


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