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Old Car Dealer Dept.

1961-62 Yellow Page ad

Yellow Pages as, 1961-62 book

Used to be a time you could buy a new car on Main Street in Buffalo — just about every make was represented somewhere, starting from downtown right on up through Amherst and Williamsville. Now there’s not a new car dealer anywhere within the city limits. On any street. Pity. At the corner of Main and Barker, in 1962, stood Ray Weil Chevrolet — Trader Ray, as he was known. A few years ago someone had the brilliant idea to tear down just about everything on the block between Barker and Bryant Streets, and trick everyone into thinking they were in the suburbs by building a huge Delta-Sonic Car Wash facility and a strip plaza. Oh, they might not like me calling it a strip plaza, but there it is. Not at all pedestrian friendly or city-like. Anyway, the current occupant of Ray Weil’s old spot, 1220 Main St., is Mid-City Office Equipment.

1220 Main St., Buffalo, N.Y. today

from the brochure, 1962 Chevy Biscaynes

from the brochure, 1962 Chevy II Nova

Back in 1962 when this Yellow Pages ad ran, you could buy the pictured new Chevy Biscaynes for $2,378 (sedan) and $2,725 (wagon). Or you could buy the “large compact” new for ’62 Chevy II Nova like the one below for $2,254.

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— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

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