BLUFFTON — Joe and Jan Edman, of Bluffton, have been enjoying this classic 1973 Pontiac Grand Ville.
The car was purchased by Edman’s father, Gene Edman, in the early 1990s from Gwen Strong. Strong’s husband purchased the car for her brand new in 1973, making Gene Edman the second owner of this beauty. Joe Edman inherited the car from his mom after she passed away in 2014.
The original color of the car was green. After his dad purchased the car, he had it restored and painted a Cadillac Blue. Edman says the best memories he has of the car is accompanying his dad to various swap meets in Ohio and Pennsylvania to find parts for the car. Edman said the two quarter panels were rusted completely through, and various other parts needed replaced.
Edman and his wife enjoy taking the car in the summer up to the lake, driving around the countryside with the top down in the warm summer air or heading to the drive-in for a movie, highlighting the benefits of owning a convertible.
Edman says through the years the convertible top has been replaced, the motor has been rebuilt, the interior carpet replaced, the bench seat reupholstered and wire wheels and white wall tires applied.
A few years ago, the car was classified by the state of Ohio as a classic car.