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The Old Car Dealer Dept.

Buffalo Evening News ad, May 17, 1965

In 1965, Hank Bokman Oldsmobile was the anti-Fucillo of its time. Check out the fine print on this May 17 Buffalo Evening News ad from that year, and you’ll see it was “Western New York’s Smallest Olds Dealer.” Located at 2600 South Park Ave, Bokman was just barely over the Lackawanna city line, across the street from the South Park Botanical Gardens. In this day’s ad, they were showing discounted company official cars — demos, if you will. And they were all BIG Oldses — 88s and 98s. And when I say big… a 1965 Olds 98 had a wheelbase of 126 inches; for comparison’s sake, a 2010 smart fortwo has an overall length of 106 inches, and a 2010 Mini Cooper measures 145.6 inches from end-to-end. In 1965 you probably took the car home to see if it fit in your garage before buying it!

Jetstar 88 Holiday Sedan brochure art

Ninety-Eight Holiday Coupe brochure art

The building at 2600 South Park is currently unoccupied. It was previously home to Lake Shore Behavioral Health, which has since moved to Abbott Road.

2600 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, N.Y., present day

Jim Corbran, You Auto Know