Old Car Dealer Dept.
by Jim Corbran - posted 7:00 am, April 1, 2010
When Klepfer Bros. Inc. Buick occupied 1575 Main St. in Buffalo, the front of the building was dominated by a large, vertical neon sign. Today it is the home of Metro Self-Storage, and the space once taken up by the sign now houses the back-end of a late-80s Buick Skyhawk, which looks like it crashed through the wall from the inside — upstairs! (The building was equipped with interior ramps to move cars from one floor to another.) One great thing about the building today, is that the old new-car showroom is home to a number of classic cars, all visible through the gigantic windows which still front the building. The Klepfer brothers opened a Buick dealership in Depew in 1905, and moved to their new Main Street building in 1923.
When Klepfer ran this ad in the Nov. 9, 1962 Buffalo Evening News, the new 1963s were in that showroom. The red Wildcat hardtop coupe with the black vinyl top (which was all the rage in 1962) listed for $3,849 while the green Special two-door sport coupe could have been yours for just $2,309.
Klepfer had some real deals on used cars in their ad that day: your choice of two chrome-laden ’58 Buicks — a Special convertible or a Super four-door — for $1,195. Or maybe a ’61 Mercury Monterey two-door hardtop, only 9,600 miles, for just $1,795. Where do I sign!??
(click here to read a story about Klepfer Bros. Buick in the November 17, 1923 issue of Automobile Topics)
…Jim Corbran, You Auto Know
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