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.”
“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.”
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.