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Old car dealer dept.

...from the 1970 Yellow Pages

...from the 1970 Yellow Pages

I’m sure when you think “French car” you probably have in your mind a Citroën “D” series, either the earlier ID (1955-65) or the later DS (1966-75), which was imported to America through the 1972 model year. In 1970 Citroën also imported a handful of the Mehari utility vehicles, in 1971 a few of the compact GS, and in 1972 and 1973 you could buy a Maserati-powered SM (’73 being the last official year Citroën imported its cars to the U.S.).  And here in Buffalo you could buy one at the French Car Service, located at 17 Clyde Ave. just off Kensington Avenue near the expressway. It was probably tough to make a living selling Citroëns in Buffalo, so the FCS also serviced other French makes, such as Renault and Peugeot, both of which were sold in Buffalo at other dealerships.

...from the brochure

...from the brochure

1970 Citroën DS Pallas

1970 Citroën DS Pallas

In 1970 one could buy a Citroën DS for about the price of a Cadillac — which is why many Americans who could, didn’t.

Today the dealership site, according to Edmunds.com auto repair shops’ reviews, is occupied by Elite Auto Repair, although the sign above the door reads

1970 Citroën Mehari

1970 Citroën Mehari

“Better Bilt Security Steel Doors of WNY.” At any rate, the French Car Service has been gone for some time now.

17 Clyde Ave today

17 Clyde Ave today


  • I love this feature on your blog. Just so you know, there’s still to this day a Peugeot dealer in business at Ramsey Peugeot on Route 17 in Ramsey, New Jersey.I don’t have pictures of it but I used to go there when I owned a Peugeot 405 MI 16 which I crashed into a stone wall in New Hope Pennsylvania on River Road one drunken night coming home from the Raven Bar back in 1994. Now I own a Saab convertible 2006 which I bought from Gold Coast Cadillac Hummer Saab in Oakhurst New Jersey. Another car which is probably going bye bye from our country soon if GM doesn’t find a buyer. Oh well I think my next car is going to be a Fiat.

  • Old Car Dept. where i have seen so many cool cars collection, which are call as antique & vintage cars. i can seen there is still so much craze about this old classic cars. i hope new auto company make some focus on that kind of model & i am sure this will again rock the cars for sale business.