The Old Car Dealer Dept.
by Jim Corbran - posted 7:00 am, July 15, 2010
As is the case with many old car dealerships, the building which housed Ed Reilly Pontiac, at 4900 Broadway in Depew, is long gone. It has been replaced by — are you ready for this HUGE surprise? — a drug store! Originally an Eckerd, now a Rite Aid.
Back on May 22, 1963 when this Buffalo Evening News ad ran, Ed was pushing the used cars: ’61 Plymouth wagon for $1,485 (I remember my Uncle Jimmy had one in blue — which rhymes with eeeww!); a one-year-old ’62 Pontiac Tempest four-door for $1,875; or a ’61 Mercury two-door for $1,540. If you were in the mood for a new Pontiac, you could have had my favorite, the Grand Prix, for $3,489. Or perhaps a Catalina two-door hardtop, just like the one I had an accident in the night before my road test — for $2,869.
Hopefully no more old buildings will be demolished for drug stores. Enough already!
— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know