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, 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. 


New Car Reviews

2015 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus


2015 Toyota Yaris 5-door SE Liftback


2015 Kia K900


2015 Volvo XC60 T6 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


I'm happy to announce that my Classic Car blog on Timesunion.com won the Best of Internet award at the International Automotive Media Awards this year.


Recent Blog Posts

Monday, November 24, 2014

Rear View Mirror; 1969 Plymouth Barracuda Mod Top

Fashion happens in a flash.  Car design cycles are far slower.  Styles seen on a Paris runway can be bought in a New York City shop in a matter of months.  But, changes in sheet metal are more often measured in years.  For that reason, annual face lists are the automaker’s  way to keep current with trends, while marking time ‘til the next, full redesign.
 


Friday, November 21, 2014

2015 Car Calendars - Classic European Cars

On the previous two Fridays this month, I’ve introduced two of my car calendars for 2015.  Here’s the last of my three retail titles for next year – Classic European Cars.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

First Look: 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang

Though the first, 2015 Mustang has barely left the paddock, Ford has been busy of late with news about upcoming, high performance versions of their favorite steed.  The latest announcement marks the return of an iconic Mustang model – the Shelby GT350.
 




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