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Old Car Dealer Dept.

from the Buffalo Evening News, Nov. 2, 1959

A few weeks ago we featured the old Tinney Cadillac building on Main Street. Just down the road a piece, almost right next door, was Streng Olds, at 2365 Main. It’s currently home to Canisius College’s Demerly Hall. You can be forgiven if you think you’ve recently seen Streng Olds — the old sign which stood outside the building for years presently sits in the outdoor lot of Gotham City Antiques, at 1942 Niagara St., where it’s also very visible from the Niagara Thruway.

original Streng Olds sign

2365 Main St., Buffalo N.Y. today

Back when this ad ran in the Buffalo Evening News on Nov. 2, 1959 the new 1960 Olds models had just hit the showroom. The white two-door Dynamic 88 with the red top was the cheapest new 1960 Olds you could buy – starting at $2,835 (the two-tone paint was, of course, extra), and 13,545 of them were built. The turquoise 98 Holiday hardtop sedan, which was featured on the back cover of the brochure, was a bit pricier at $4,159.

Oldsmobile as a brand disappeared after the 2004 model year. Streng Olds was

from the brochure, 1960 Olds Dynamic 88

absorbed by its former next-door neighbor, Braun Cadillac, and moved to Walden Avenue in Depew, which has also since closed.

…Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

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1960 Olds 98

  • And Braun Cadillac went out of business, but its Saab franchise got bought out by Cappellino. Herb Streng still works at Cappellino, selling Buicks. He sold us a 9-3 at Braun in ’04.

  • Wow! what an idea ! What a concept ! Beautiful .. Amazing ?:)