Hello everyone,my name is Art Reilly, and like you,I love cars. Especially GM cars from the sixties.
Welcome to my first attempt at web design.They say "Do what you know", so I've decided to try my hand by giving people a look at the cars I currently have in my garage, and some insights on these particular cars.
First, some personal history.... As a boy growing up in New York City with 6 brothers and a sister, our family never owned a car! My dad never even had a driver's license! He worked in the City, and used public transportation & my mom was definitely a stay at home.
In 1962, my dad moved our family to the "suburbs" ie; Floral Park, in Nassau County, which was just over the city line, and a place where a teenager like myself, could get a learner's permit at 16 !
Since our family owned the house right next door to Schroeder Buick, which was at the time "Long Island's Largest Buick Dealer", I grew up loving Buicks more than any other GM model.
I watched the new Buicks being delivered, at night, each September, and waited while the showroom windows were covered in brown paper signs, announcing the date we could all see them....and maybe come in for a test drive.
For me, however, no such luck, as auto insurance for a 16 year old High School sophomore in 1964 was more than a hundred dollars a year. I had no job, and no job = no money = no insurance = no car.
Meanwhile, everyone at my new high school was driving either their parents 'castaway' cars like 55-6-7 Chevrolets, Chryslers, Dodges, Plymouths and Ramblers, while the really well off, had either 1 or 2 year old Impalas, Le Sabres, Sport Fury's or Ford Fairlane 500's.
There were even some convertibles and foreign (English) sports cars in the parking lot on any given day.
Even back then, while I rode around with my friends, I promised myself I would eventually hunt down the nicest ones, and someday, I would own them.
It's been a 44 car odyssey since the day I came home, after 19 months in VietNam back in 1970. It all started with a 1959 Austin Healey Bug Eye Sprite, and has somehow progressed to the contents of this website. These are cars I still own, but I'm always looking...
So, please, go to the top of the page, and run your mouse over any of the titles, click, and you're there...
I hope you enjoy my pictures...
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail me at :
All photographs and copy on this website are copyrighted by the site owner, and may only be reproduced with written permission of said owner.
The author in his 4 speed, 396 cu.in. Camaro with L-78 option
1981 Pontiac Firebird w/ Trans Am option package.
1966 Buick Riviera GS with optional factory 360 hp. engine.
1963 Buick Special w/aluminum 215 cu.in V-8 and factory 4 speed.
A brilliant 1958 Corvette at Hot August Nights in Reno, NV
The C-4 Corvette (1984-1991 was the most popular Corvette ever.