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 Volvo S60 T5 Drive-E


2015 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab V6 4x4


2015 Porsche Macan Turbo


2015 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus


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, January 19, 2015

Rear View Mirror: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Though it lived in the shadow of its race-bred brother (the 300SL), the 190SL went on to make its own mark.  From 1954-1963, the roadster from Mercedes-Benz carved out a modestly successful niche, as a sport tourer.  The car did so by adding refinement and a measure of practicality to the two seat segment – a market where those two commodities were in chronically short supply. 
 


Monday, January 19, 2015

Barrett-Jackson 2015 Scottsdale Auction: Final Results – Top 10 Sales

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction for 2015 wrapped up with more than $130,000,000 in sales, on 1,611 (unaudited) vehicles.

Here are the ten, top-selling vehicles from the 10-day auction:


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Barrett Jackson Scottsdale Auction 2015: Day 8 Results – Top Ten Sales

Two hundred sixty-three vehicles crossed the block on day eight of Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale 2015 auction, yielding total sales of $57,100,000.  That boosted the overall sales-to-date for the event to $125,900,000, on 1,470 lots.

Here are the ten, top-selling vehicles from day eight.




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