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Old Car Dealer Dept.

I really enjoy this when I pull up to a building and it’s one of those cool, old structures still pretty easily recognizable as an former car dealership. Even better when it’s not boarded up but is still in use. Such was the case yesterday when I showed up at 1501 Kensington Ave. in Buffalo. Currently the home of Control System Laboratories (a company which  repairs industrial electronic controls for original equipment manufacturers, service companies and end users from around the world), in 1956 when this Yellow Page ad ran it housed Conshafter & LaSpisa Inc., a Dodge-Plymouth dealer which would be gone by 1961 (at which point it became home to Squire Ford for a number of years). Seeing that we covered ’56 Plymouth pricing somewhat last week, this time we’ll look at Dodge.

The 1956 Custom Royal V-8 hardtop coupe listed for $2,693 while the Coronet V-8 convertible could be had for $2,678. The cheapest ’56 Dodge was the Coronet six-cylinder two-door sedan at $2,194. Pricing topped out at $2,974 for the Royal Sierra four-door eight-passenger V-8 wagon.

1956 Yellow Page ad

1501 Kensington Ave., Buffalo N.Y. today

from the brochure, Custom Royal hdtp. cpe.

from the brochure, '56 Coronet conv.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

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