Realrides Of WNY

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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

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This 1964 Valiant Barracuda was seen at one of last summer’s Tuesday evening Cruisin’ the Q car shows on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. “Edna, did he say Valiant Barracuda? Shouldn’t it have been Plymouth Barracuda?” Well, no. This was Canada, remember. And in Canada Valiant initially was a separate brand of Chrysler Canada, Ltd., sold at both Plymouth and Dodge dealers. Seeing that the B

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If I were to ask for a raise of hands for anyone who’s ever seen a 1964 Chevy Chevelle Malibu SS wearing a pair of fender skirts, I’d have to admit that my hands would be firmly at my side. Skirts or no skirts, this is a great-looking example of GM’s highly-popular mid-sized cars of the era. This particular one has Chevy’s 283 V-8 under the hood, and it’s wearing a set of one of my favorite wheel

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I’ll admit that I wasn’t overly impressed with this 1979 Barth motorhome recently when I came upon it at a Youngstown repair shop. The gentleman who was listing it for sale on eBay (it’s since been sold) told me that Barth manufactured a very high-end vehicle which now has quite the cult following. A Google search turned up quite a number of sites where owners and fans extoll the virtues of the Ba

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The RealRides camera spotted this rare (around here, anyway) 1982 Renault Fuego coupe in Albion as we took the long way home from a trip to Brockport a month or so ago. By the time the Fuego hit the U.S. showrooms it found itself sharing space with the likes of the AMC Spirit, Concord, and Eagle, as the French carmaker bought the venerable old Kenosha, Wisconsin company in 1980. The Fuego was a sp

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We’re going to call today’s edition RealRides seen by a WNYer (me). This 1966 Citroën D Chapron is remarkable for a couple of reasons: a) only 1,325 of these convertibles left the factory between the years 1960 and 1971; and b) it’s a Citroën with whitewall tires! Don’t see that very often. The convertibles were named for coachbuilder Henri Chapron, who originally designed and built the décopota

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Since I’ve taken up bicycle riding again I find myself going down streets I never would have gone down in the car, and finding old treasures at the curb which I never would have seen. Like this 1978 AMC Concord DL wagon. AMC’s compact Hornet morphed into the Concord for MY 1978 as it tried to move upscale. Which it did, but it wasn’t enough to save AMC from eventually going out o

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In a span of three days last week I came across three of these downsized GM two-doors, but this 1979 Chevrolet Caprice Classic seen in Niagara Falls was probably the best of the bunch, looking like it just drove out of the showroom. One of the two-door’s distinctive styling cues was the sharply-creased rear window, which was replaced the following year by a much more upright rear roofline and a fl

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There’s a Facebook page named Dog Dish Depot, which features cars & trucks like this 1970 Chevrolet Nova SS, seen a couple of summers ago at an AACA car show at UB’s north campus. For the novice out there, a dog dish is the small hubcap you see here on the Nova, which only covers the center part of the rim. Think about it. Take one off, turn it upside down on the driveway, and it does resemble