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One more from the recent car show at The Buffalo History Museum — a 1966 International Scout. Manufactured by the International-Harvester Corp., the Scout was an alternative to the Jeep (and eventually, a bevy of other competitors) and was available in hardtop, convertible, and pickup versions. As I snapped these photos, this red convertible was being drooled over by a Dad who seemed to be trying

RealRides of WNY

If nothing else, RRofWNY is an equal opportunity blog, which is why today we’re featuring this rather ordinary (but probably rare, these days) 1992 Chevrolet Cavalier wagon. Our sources tell us that almost 20,000 of these left the factory, but how often to you see one anymore? It’s too bad that the American automobile industry has pretty much given up on the compact station wagon in favor of cross

RealRides of WNY

This 1959 Ford Galaxie was the top-of-the-line model in the Fairlane 500 series. You can tell a Galaxie from a regular old Fairlane 500 by its squared-off, Thunderbird-inspired roofline — well, except for the convertible of course. A name change to Galaxie 500 occurred for model year 1962, when the Fairlane name was given to Ford’s new mid-sized car, the Galaxie moved down a notch, and the Galaxie

RealRides of WNY

From this past weekend’s car show at The Buffalo History Museum, one of the rarest things you’ll see on the streets of WNY — a 1948 Playboy. Made in the Buffalo area for 1948-49 by the Playboy Motor Car Corp., only 97 left the factory in Tonawanda before financial troubles ended the dream of company founder Lou Horwitz. The convertible featured one of (if not the) first retractable hardtops, and m

RealRides of WNY

It might be just my opinion (hey, this is my page!), but I think this 1987 BMW 325 iS is from the last Golden Age of the Bavarian automaker’s history. The cars were still rather compact with taut styling and no gimmicks (and there were no SUVs or crossovers in the lineup, either). Years ago they came up with the advertising slogan The Ultimate Driving Machine — impressing the neighbors wasn’t high

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Who wouldn’t love a mid-sixties Mopar compact? Especially when it’s a 1964 Dodge Dart GT convertible, with a 273CID V-8 under the hood! These cars were good-looking, reliable, easy-to-drive cars that attracted buyers from all spectrums. I still find it amusing to think that the GT — the GT! — came with Chrysler’s 170CID Slant Six as standard equipment. A larger 225CID Slant Six and the 273 were op

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American car manufacturers were fighting the imports for model year 1960 — mainly Volkswagen, when you come right down to it. So while the others went with more conventional setups, Chevrolet decided that this 1960 Corvair (club coupe pictured) would compete on more equal terms with the little car from Germany. After all, if the rear engine worked for them, well… why not? I guess because Americans

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA So yesterday we showed you the red Stude parked out on the street in front of a Niagara Falls house. Inside the garage was this 1938 Ford Deluxe Tudor sedan. Now you just know from yesterday’s story that there’s probably little chance of finding an old Ford flathead under the hood. Nope. It’s a 350 Chevy. And starting it up to back out of the garage created mechanical

RealRides of WNY

One nice thing about summer, you never know what kind of a car you might come upon driving down the street. Just last week driving in Niagara Falls I stopped at a stop sign and saw this 1956 Studebaker Hawk on a side street. Making a quick right turn, I pulled up in front of the house to see a couple of guys hanging out in the driveway. Stopping to chat, I learned from owner George Begole that thi