I’m Dan Lyons – a writer/photographer, with a specialty in automobiles, new and old. I write new car reviews, a classic car column and a classic car blog for the Times Union newspaper. I've penned six books on classic cars, and photographed over 150 calendars to date.
As you browse through my site, you can preview all of my latest columns here. Click on the links, and they’ll take you to the complete articles on the Times Union’s site. We’ll also be archiving older articles, so you can catch up on any classic car pieces that you might have missed, or check out a review of a past year's car. If you're shopping for a new car, my Links page gives you one-stop access to all of the automaker's websites, for more information.
You’ll also find some samples of my photography here, as well as news of any new projects that I’m working on (calendars, books, etc.). Thanks for stopping by.
Dodge had a problem. They were a day late and a dollar short. Late, because Chevy was already out of the gate with the dressy, upscale Cameo Carrier pickup (and Ford was soon to follow, with their half car/half truck Ranchero). Short, because there wasn’t enough money on hand for anything more than a modest makeover.
Wrapping something old in something new is a time-honored practice for marketing. That’s certainly true for automakers, where the economics of manufacturing simply don’t allow for all new products, every year. True now, true then, and the lineup that Chrysler rolled out fifty years ago was a case in point. The chiseled, conservative styling for 1963 was new, courtesy of designer Elwood Engel. Beneath the skin, though, the cars were largely unchanged from 1962. However, Chrysler showed uncommon confidence in the carry-over. At a time when extended warranties were largely unheard of, the company announced a five year/50,000 mile plan for their 1963 models, and in the process, caught the competition napping.Read More
My 2014 car calendars are available now!
Please click here to go to the calendars page for details on my three 2014 titles:
Classic American Cars, Classic European Cars and Muscle Car Classics
Flipping the page on the calendar to December, it’s fast becoming unavoidable. Even hard core holiday denialists have to admit that the season of gift giving is at hand. The recent launch of the 7th generation Corvette (reviewed here last weekend) has many car lovers thinking sports car thoughts. If you have car guys or gals on your gift list, we have some new suggestions, courtesy of General Motors.
As it turned the corner on the 1960’s, the ‘61 edition of America’s Sports Car had one foot in the Fifties and an eye on the future. The straight rear axle, and options like wide whitewalls and a contrast color cove were remnants of the car’s 50’s roots. The four taillight rear design set the tone for generations of Corvettes to follow.
Most muscle cars were extroverts. Flashy and loud, their looks and sounds announced their presence, even before they arrived. Others took a low key approach. They wrapped their speed in a coat of stealth, then showed their taillights to those that challenged them. One example from this school of playing it cool was the Olds Cutlass Supreme SX.