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Old Car Dealers Dept

1159 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo N.Y. today

How many times have you driven past this building at 1159 Jefferson Ave. in Buffalo? And how many of those times did you say to yourself “I remember when that was a Jeep dealership?” Probably not too many I’ll bet. Buffalo Jeep Co. disappeared from the scene sometime in 1959 (after this ad ran in the Yellow Pages),

from the Yellow Pages

when it was one of three area Jeep dealers (the others being Howbill Mtrs. on Seneca Street in Elma, and Power Drives Inc. on So. Park Avenue in Buffalo). It’s now, at least I hope from the looks of it, an abandoned building. This photo was taken in February  —  no, it’s not still snowing in Buffalo today!

Everybody knows what a traditional 1959 Jeep looks like right? From a block or so away it could be a 2010 Wrangler. But in 1959 you could also buy a few other Jeeps which you rarely see anymore. Like the FC-150 (FC standing for Forward Control — the meaning of which should be quite obvious from looking at the truck); the Jeep station wagon, and — although you probably didn’t see too many in these parts — the Jeep Gala, introduced for use at tropical resorts.

…Jim Corbran, You Auto Know – (click to read my WNYers & Losers blog)

1959 Jeep Gala publicity shot (they were pink & white!)

from the brochure, 1959 Jeep FC-150

1959 Jeep station wagon