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 have over 170 calendars to my credit 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 or 2017 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.
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
Two New Test Drives added:
2017 Nissan Maxima
2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE
The Classic Car blog is on hiatus.
Links to all past blog posts are listed in this section.
Here’s a photo gallery from the recent car show at the NY Power Authority – Blenheim Gilboa.
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.