Welcome to Lyons On Wheels

I’m Dan Lyons – a writer/photographer, with a specialty in automobiles, new and old.  I write new car reviews for the Times Union newspaper, and the Motor Matters syndicate.  I've penned six books on classic cars, and photographed 165 calendars to date. 

As you browse through my site, you'll find all of my new car reviews as they appeared in the Times Union.  Click on the links to any 2016 car review, and they will open a two page, .pdf copy of the road test.  On 2015 and older reviews, the link will take you directly to the complete articles on the Times Union’s site.

My Links page gives you one-stop access to all of the automaker's websites, for more information about new cars.  My test drives are currently archived back to the 2012 model year, if you're looking for information about late model cars.  

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. 


New Car Reviews

2016 Nissan Sentra


2016 Buick Cascada


2016 Hyundai Tucson


2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 AWD


Featured Classic

1957 Dodge D-100 Sweptside

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.
 

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1963 Chrysler New Yorker Salon hardtop sedan

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.

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What’s New


Friday, February 12, 2016

Test Drive added for the new, 2016 Nissan Sentra.


Recent Blog Posts

Friday, January 01, 2016

The Classic Car blog is on hiatus. 

Links to all past blog posts are listed in this section.
 


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.
 




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