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Old Car Dealer Dept.

Little did I know last year as I began this project, how things would turn out for the auto industry. I decided a year or so ago to take look back at local auto dealers and see who was where and when. Back in the day, you could actually buy a new car within the city limits of Buffalo. But that was then and this is now. New car dealers have been dropping like flies, and it’s only going to get worse. Come on back every Thursday as we highlight an old dealership and find out what, if anything, is there now.

advstude-2First up, Advance Studebaker, located at 3676 Sheridan Dr., Amherst. If that address sounds familiar, picture it in your ear while listening to a lousy radio ad jingle. That’s right, it’s the present home of Mike Barney Nissan. Back in 1964, when Studebaker was on its last legs, Advance was slashing prices “…to rock bottom to make room for ’64 trades coming in fast!” Alas, I don’t suppose they came in fast enough, as Studebaker would go out of the new car business just two years later.

Check out some of these Advance Studebaker used car prices from 1964: ’62 Oldsmobile Super 88 hardtop, reduced to $2,495; ’59 Larks, several to choose from, starting at just $595 (remember these were only five-year-old cars!); or how about a ’58 Cadillac Fleetwood 4-door hardtop for a mere $1,295!

Ah, the good old days!