Family-owned ’62 Olds Starfire coupe

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The New York Times reported in 2013 that the obituary in the local newspaper for Edna Potvin, a Glen Falls, New York, resident who died in 2005, noted, “Mrs. Potvin was well-known in the Glen Falls area for the immaculate turquoise-and-black 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire, which she drove until the age of 90.”

That 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire coupe is the Pick of the Day and is being advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com by its second owner, who was married to Mrs. Potvin’s granddaughter.

“This was my ex-wife’s Grandmothers car,” the private seller notes in the advertisement. “I am the second owner and acquired the car in 2001, and had it restored by Blackhorse Garage in Bridgeport CT.

“The engine was rebuilt by GM (Queensbury Motors Glen Falls NY) at 100k miles. The transmission and all system have been rebuilt in the last 4k miles. I have spent at least 50k on this car. New York Times wrote an article about it.”

The seller adds that he recently has acquired several other classic vehicles and needs to move this one out to clear space for the newcomers.

Oldsmobile introduced its mid-size Starfire model as a mid-year entry in 1961 and in 1962 added a coupe to the lineup of its entry into the personal luxury car category. 

The Standard Catalog of American Cars notes that the Starfire had “all Super Eight-Eight items standard plus sports console, tachometer, Hydra-Matic with console shifter, power brakes, power steering, brushed-aluminum side trim, dual exhaust with fiberglass-packed mufflers and leather upholstery.”

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According to the report in The New York Times, Mrs. Potvin custom-ordered her Starfire with black faux convertible-style roof over its turquoise and silver exterior. The interior is gray.

The car is powered by Oldsmobile’s 394cid V8, which was rated in 1962 at 345 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque.

The odometer shows 139,000 miles. The car is in Greenwich, Connecticut. The asking price is $17,500.

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

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Sweet ride but it is unfortunate after $50k the seller couldn’t address the apparent water leak on the drivers side headliner.

    • IF YOU WOULD READ MORE THE PRICE IS MUCH LESS AND IT WILL BE SOLD AT SUCH A LOW PRICE. YOUR LOSS FOR NOT LOOKING AT THE SITE BETTER

    • They are asking $17,500. If they spent $50k on this car, they should have replaced the headliner and added air conditioning. My dad had a dark green, four door, 1962 olds with air conditioning. The thing that I remember about the 1962 Olds was the speedometer that moved left to right in a line that was green for up to about 35 mph, then turn orange for up to about 55 mph, then turn red.

  2. My Mom had a ‘62 Starfire convertible in white over black.

    She looooooved that car. I still have a pic of me in front of it around 1965.

  3. Is the Starfire still for sale and is the Starfires condition as shown in the pictures and if any what issues does the Starfire have? I am a serious buyer. Larry 608 797 1355.

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