Custom Cruise Friday
Welcome to our first Custom Cruise Friday post. This series is a takeoff of our blog series from last month featuring customized pickup trucks from the Edmonton, Alberta area. Arlen Kublik brought his 1964 Oldsmobilie F-85 back to Don Wheaton on April 7, 51 years to the day when it was purchased brand new by his maternal grandfather, Gustav Sagert. Not only is the date significant, but Sagert originally purchased the F-85 from Don Wheaton. The story behind this car is one of the most interesting we have heard at the dealership. Kublik was gracious enough to share it with us, and now with you.
First, let’s take a look at the car. The photos you are looking at are of a 1964 Oldsmobile F-85 Deluxe. Sagert was really treating himself and his wife, Olga, with this sedan. He chose to have the optional 330 cubic-inch JetFire V-8 placed under the hood and went for the optional Super Turbine 300 variable glide two-speed automatic transmission. The exterior (and still original) paint is a classic Cashmere Beige with a complementary brown cloth and vinyl interior. This is truly a car of its time, with manual brakes and manual steering. This car would have had a sticker price of $3,344.00 in 1964; this is the equivalent of nearly $26,000 today. In a time of resto-mods and making vehicles something they were never intended to be, it’s more than somewhat refreshing to see an owner like Kublik choose to honor his grandparents’ memory by keeping everything as they left it.
In order to keep it running for a half-century, Kublik followed the basics. He has done nothing more intensive to his grandfather’s vehicle than change the oil as well as give it the occasional wash and wax.
Sagert drove the vehicle for the last time in 1984. The car sat in his garage until 2000 when Kublik’s brother, Dennis, took possession. As the estate of the since passed on Sagerts was being settled, another family member didn’t know what else to do with the vehicle and thought of having it scrapped. Dennis Kublik made a donation to a local cancer charity to get possession of the vehicle. It then sat in Dennis Kublik’s garage until 2014 when Arlen and his youngest son reimbursed Dennis for the donation and took it home with them.
Interestingly, Kublik doesn’t ever remember riding in this vehicle as a child. In fact, he said he never drove it until he got the car from his brother. In keeping with the seemingly family tradition of “look but don’t touch” Kublik’s son, who paid half for the car from his uncle, can’t drive it for five more years because of insurance regulations.
As of the time of the interview, the 64 Olds F-85 that was bought brand new in 1964, has just a little less than 65,000 miles on it. When Kublik took the car from his brother, the odometer read a little more than 62,000, which is what it said when Sagert parked it for the last time in 1984. The extra miles in the last few years have come from Kublik driving the F-85 to Show-and-Shines in and around Edmonton, with the longest trip being to a show in Smokey Lake.
Kublik plans to keep showing his grandfather’s car off in shows around Edmonton. Also, any would-be collectors are out of luck if they would like to purchase this classic sedan. By all accounts, this car is going to stay in the family for at least another 50 years.
If you would like to have your classic, customized or otherwise interesting vehicle profiled in a Custom Cruise Friday blog, please send photos and all important information to our Internet Marketing Manager, Melina Beeston, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you are having some customization or service work done at the Don Wheaton facilities, please let a member of our service team know and they will point you in the right direction to get things started.