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.
Station wagons were the vehicle of choice for family transport. Straight forward as a pair of sensible shoes, they offered comfortable passage for people and their belongings. “Sporty” really wasn’t part of the station wagon lexicon, which is why the Safari (and its corporate cousin, the Chevy Nomad) opened so many eyes when they arrived in ‘55.
The ’69 XL SportsRoof was stylish coming and going. The newly named fastback framed a sloping backlight with a set of long sail panels. The slick, ‘flying buttress’ back view was balanced by smooth facelift. XL (along with LTD and the Country Squire station wagons) wore a new, full-length, egg-crate grille for ‘69, book-ended by hideaway headlights.
Hurst and Oldsmobile had collaborated on several, special models by the time that the 1975 edition appeared. Traditionally, this partnership had been based on performance, but by the mid-70’s, that commodity was getting harder to come by.