Old car dealer dept.
by Jim Corbran - posted 9:41 pm, July 17, 2009
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.
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
“Better Bilt Security Steel Doors of WNY.” At any rate, the French Car Service has been gone for some time now.