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This 1968-69 Chevy Corvair has what can only be described as an interesting color scheme. Looking closely at its stance, it also looks like there’s something going on with the suspension. The wheels and tires definitely are not stock, and the ride height seems a bit on the high side. All-wheel drive? Does anyone out there know this car? Seen last week in Sanborn. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check ou

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When I came across this 1984 Porsche 928 a couple of weekends ago in Tonawanda, it was déja-vu all over again. I’ll bet tomorrow’s lunch money that this is the same car which I photographed over the summer in a Town of Cambria driveway with a for sale sign in the window, as it now seems to be wearing a set of newly-issued plates. Don’t see many of these front-engined Porsches; even fewer in this c

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The fastback body style was new when this 1968 Ford Galaxie 500 hit the streets 47 years ago. It would stick around for only one more model year, as it never sold near the numbers of the more formal-roofed version. Too bad, because I kind of like it. I always get a kick out of finding these relatively rare, well-preserved everyday cars. This one includes a bonus: Baby Moon hubcaps with the almost

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It’s time once again for another entry from the “They Can’t All Age Gracefully” file. This time around it’s a 1960 Chevrolet Brookwood station wagon. The Brookwood was the wagon equivalent of Chevy’s least expensive full-size series, the Biscayne. Interesting to note that 1960 was the final year Chevy offered a full-sized two-door station wagon, and only in the Brookwood series. This well-patinate

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Here is a 1972 Ford F-250 Special Custom pickup, which I’m guessing (from it’s seemingly rust-free exterior), has either spent a lot of time garaged, or was brought here from someplace where they have roadsalt-free winters. You just don’t see many 43-year-old Ford pickups around town in this condition. Saw this one a couple of summers back in Elma. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook

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The 1970 Chevy Nova SS came with a 350CID, 300 hp V-8, with your choice of four-on-the-floor, or GM’s Turbo-Hydramatic or Powerglide automatics. This one looks pretty basic, but the Nova SS could be tarted-up with a vinyl top, pinstripes, extra chrome side trim, and fancier wheels/wheel covers. All of course, optional at extra cost. Seen a couple of summers ago at an Antique Automobile Club of Ame

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Compacts weren’t exactly all the rage back when this 1947 Crosley sedan was on sale. Part of the problem may have been its price. This one stickered for $888 — another $314 would buy you a full-sized Chevy two-door. The price of gas wasn’t exactly an issue back then, so I imagine most of the 14,000 or so of these that were made that year were sold to: people who wanted a cheap second car; someone

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This old 1947-48 Ford Super Deluxe two-door looks like an extra from the movie American Graffiti. It’s certainly been all dolled-up with a visor, fog lights, spotlights, rearview mirrors, ’56 Oldsmobile-style “spinner” wheel covers, and full fender skirts (would the Olds spinners not clear the fender skirt in the rear?). The front fender “Moon Eyes” decal is an especially nice touch. Found this ca

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Don’t see one of these sitting by the side of the road every day now do you? It’s a 1949 Hudson Commodore stock car, wearing the colors of the Pan American Motor Car Co., and Brock Yates’ Cannonball Run Pub in Wyoming, N.Y. An article on BringATrailer.com says it was listed for sale on eBay but, clicking on the link I found the auction to have ended. I took this photo over the summer in Sanborn. J

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Came across this M-Series Studebaker Coupe Express pickup a few years ago in the back room of a business in Niagara Falls, where a work acquaintance was temporarily storing it for a friend. The M-Series was sold from model years 1941-48, with not many styling changes throughout the run. Studebaker called them “marvelously comfortable” in their ads. This one looks pretty deluxe, with a full chrome