Artvoice: Buffalo's #1 Newsweekly
Home Blogs Web Features Calendar Listings Artvoice TV Real Estate Classifieds Contact

Old Car Dealer Dept.

from the Nov. 1, 1955 Buffalo Courier-Express

In 1955 Volkswagen produced its one-millionth Beetle. And you could buy yourself a new “Amazing Volkswagen” (for a bit under two-grand) at Kelly’s VW, located at 2360 Bailey Ave. in Buffalo, as seen in the accompanying ad from the Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1955 edition of the Buffalo Courier-Express. Just like the actual car, the ad was smaller than most other dealer ads in that day’s paper.

the 1,000,000th Beetle

In 1955 VW also sold the Transporter (van & pickup), and the newly introduced Karmann Ghia two-seat sports car. The 1,000,000th Beetle was painted a special gold color, and traveled the world visiting VW dealerships.  Today the M&N Mini Mart occupies 2360 Bailey Ave.; Kelly’s ended up at several different Genesee Street locations near the airport before finally going out of business.

brochure cover

2360 Bailey Ave., Buffalo N.Y. today

…Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

(click here to see what else I’ve been up to)


  • Dave Doyle

    How about a story about a car dealer I used to hear advertised on ‘KB radio back in the early ’60s–C. Hettenger for Rambler, 3900 Sheridan Dr. Yeah!

  • Max

    Another great column, Jim.

    Those early Beetles – despite their shortcomings primarily in the areas of heating/defrost features – were hardy machines. I think it’s “unique” that the site of Kelly’s is now a mini-mart!