Classic Car Blog, by Dan Lyons

Friday, January 01, 2016

From 2012-2015, I wrote a Classic Car blog for the Times Union.  The blog, which was recognized as “Best of Internet” in the 2014 International Automotive Media Awards, is still available on the Times Union website.  Links to all past posts from this blog are available in this section, listed in reverse chronological order.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Car Show Photos: N.Y. Power Authority Blenheim Gilboa Car Show 2015

Here’s a photo gallery from the recent car show at the NY Power Authority – Blenheim Gilboa. 

Thursday, July 09, 2015

The Raleigh Classic - Auction Highlights - June 2015

Auctions are of interest to old car buffs for many reasons.  For one thing, they provide information.  These snapshots of car values are all pieces of the puzzle, when you’re trying to figure out what a vehicle is worth.  They can also provide a diversion.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Future Collectibles: 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

That fact, and the numbers that flow from it (707 horsepower, 650 lb. ft. of torque, 11 seconds for the  quarter mile, 204 mph top speed) in a factory warrantied  production car, may well trump all other considerations.  Time will tell.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1972 Hurst/Olds Indy Pace Car

Though it’s hard to put a price tag on its value, being chosen to pace the Indy 500 is, at the very least, a source of industry pride for carmakers. While the honor of leading the pack has been an Indy tradition for almost 100 years, it wasn’t until relatively recently that automakers started cashing in on the car’s celebrity status, by selling replicas.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1988 Porsche 928 S4

Anxiety may well have been the father of the Porsche 928. A decade after the 911 had been successfully established in the marketplace, the company was worrying about the day when its popularity might wane. With no successor waiting in the wings, Porsche set out to design one.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1970 Opel GT

Now as when it was new, the first thing that strikes you about the Opel GT is the styling

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1972 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

This was a facelift year for DeVille. Subtle changes were seen from the previous models (DeVille signature scripts were now found on the base of the rear roof pillars), but the main styling shift in ’72 was driven not by looks but by legislation. Compliance with federal safety standards required Cadillac to install five mile per hour bumpers in 1972.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1968 Plymouth Road Runner

A budget muscle car named after a cartoon character?  Considering all of the strange stuff that went down in the late 60’s, it’s not too surprising that this era gave us exactly that, in the form of the 1968 Plymouth Road Runner. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1954 Chevy Bel Air

Chevy’s 1954 models were the last of the first. The company’s first post-war designs made their début in 1949, but by ’54, it was the end of the line.  An all-new Chevy would appear in 1955, and the splash that these cars made would forever turn the spotlight towards the end of the decade, and away from the beginning.  Too bad, because this post-’55 popularity kept a lot of people from realizing what a tidy package Chevy had put together one year earlier.

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