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RealRides of WNY - 1977 Volkswagen Cabriolet

This 1977 Volkswagen Cabriolet was bringing VW closer to the end of the line for Bug droptops. Turns out that two years later in 1979, it was not only the last year new Bugs were sold here, it was also the last year for the Cabrio worldwide, period. (For 1978 & 1979 Beetles were available in the U.S. only as convertibles, with sedan sales being replaced by the new Rabbit which was introduced f

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Before you ask, no, I don’t think the paint job on this c1955 GMC pickup was done at the factory. It is striking, you must admit. And memorable. We saw it last summer at one of the weekly Cruisin’ The Q car shows held on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. There was quite an assortment of vehicles there the night we saw this one — lots of stuff you don’t often see south of the border. Definite

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Always fun to come across something rare — especially when it’s within walking distance of home! Which is precisely where we found this 1985 Toyota Cressida. The Cressida was a mid-sized car in Toyota’s domestic lineup, but here in North America I believe it was the largest sedan they offered in 1985. It was a replacement for the Crown, and a predecessor to today’s Avalon. If you haven’t already g

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I’ve seen this 1930 Ford Model A driving around town for years now, but this is the first time I’ve managed to see it in a photo-worthy setting. We were at a Sunday afternoon car show held in Wheatfield back in June, and it was obviously a good day for top-down motoring. I especially like the Moon wheel discs on this car; it’s the first time I noticed that they seem to be screwed/bolted on to the

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Check out these two guys checking out this 1956 Ford Thunderbird at a recent Sunday afternoon car show in Wheatfield. In the mid-1950s you had two choices if you wanted a mass-produced American-made two-seat convertible: a T-Bird or Chevy’s Corvette. In 1956 the Corvette was finally finding its niche as a true performance car, while the T-Bird was still a bit more of a boulevardier. By 1958 the ra

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This 1955 Cadillac Series 62 convertible was a real standout at last Sunday’s WNY Region Cadillac & LaSalle Club car show, held once again on the grounds of Keyser Cadillac in Williamsville. This green over green color combination with a green interior is just not something that carmakers seem interested in anymore. What a shame! The Series 62 was Cadillac’s entry level nameplate, if you will.

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The old Liberty plate says it all: this is Ray’s 1955. Well, almost all — I guess the Buick Roadmaster part couldn’t be squeezed in. Nor could this car be squeezed into my 1920s-era garage. The Roadmaster was land-yachting at its finest, really just a short hop short of a Cadillac back in the day. Another beautiful two-tone here, although I’m not sure these are factory colors; Buick also had some

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The surrounding foliage, not to mention the license plate, might be a clue to the fact that no, this photo wasn’t shot in WNY. Welcome to a RealRides of San Diego, Shot by a Former WNYer edition. This Early Sunbeam Alpine was built in Warwickshire, England by the Rootes Group. It’s either a Series I (1959-61) or Series II (1962) model, the main difference being a larger engine and revised rear sus

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Ya gotta love the lines of this 1968 Buick Skylark Custom convertible. While Chevy, Pontiac, and Oldsmobile were spewing out SS 396es, GTOs, and 442s, Buick sold this upscale version of the popular GM midsized cars. Yes, I know, Buick also sold a GS 350 and a GS 400, which were potent cars, but the Flint manufacturer’s emphasis was always on luxury, and this red convertible fits right in. Look clo

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Here’s a 1970 Pontiac Tempest GT-37, which indicates an option package available on both the pillared coupe and the two-door hardtop seen above. When new, GT-37s were equipped with hood locking pins, body striping (not seen here), white letter tires, Rally II wheels, performance dual exhaust, heavy-duty 3-speed floor-mounted transmission w/Hurst shifter, and GT-37 badging. Think of the GT-37 as a