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.
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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
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.
Period ads lauded the “simulated walnut tone paneling” not only for its looks, but also for its practicality, as a stopper of door dings. Still, the woodie look was more about fashion than function, seeking to add a dash of cosmetic class to the slab sided body of the big Mercs.
Ford’s fledgling SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) unit reengineered the Mustang Turbo GT hatchback as a pony car with a European flair.
We think of muscle cars as being creations of the Sixties, but in a broader sense, the idea of putting a bigger motor in a smaller car had been around for years before Detroit’s decade of thunder.
One of the Fifties’ finest examples was found in the Buick Century. The Century name traces back to the 30’s, when Buick used it to highlight the triple digit top speed of the new series.