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As I approached this 1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Custom one day last week in North Tonawanda, it reminded me of a kneeling Metro Bus. But then again, many of us lose a bit of our posture at age 46. That year’s brochure proudly proclaimed “…escape to happy-ever-aftering in a new Delta 88 Custom.” Which is probably where these guys were headed as we photographed them in their (again, quoting from the b

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA When this 1936 Ford Deluxe Coupe (three windows, as the sales brochure tells us) went on sale, you could have any engine you wanted as long as it was a 221 cu. in. V-8. No sixes this year. The rumble seat was an optional extra (also available in the five-window coupe), but was standard on the Deluxe Roadster and Convertible Cabriolet models. I guess Ford figured that

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA You’ve gotta love marketing people. It’s not always easy to make everyday stuff sound exciting, so (I think) they occasionally make up words. Like f’rinstance in this description of the interior of today’s feature car — the 1956 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two Sedan De Ville: “…Frost-pattern nylon paired with white Elascofab.” Elascofab? Sounds like something from the movie

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Today being our 27th wedding anniversary seemed like a good excuse to feature the official honeymoonmobile — a 1987 Ford Escort GL which took us to Maine and back in the late spring of 1988. I know some of you are snickering at my choice of transportation, but you should know that this was my third Escort (an ’81 and an ’84 preceded it), and it was followed-up by a ’90 and a ’91 in the coming year

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It seems like that from the time the Ford Motor Company introduced the Mercury nameplate for model year 1939, the subsequent cars were not much more than a (somewhat) fancier version of what Ford was already selling in their showrooms. The resemblance became more prevalent as the years went on, and at the end in 2011 there was almost no difference. This 1973 Mercury Montego MX two-door hardtop had

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Yes, it does look like something you might see in a Mad Max movie, but this circa 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro Westfalia was spotted on the streets of Brooklyn last week by RealRides’ NYC photographer (a.k.a. my daughter Katie, who lives in The Bronx). That extra-long model name needs a RealRides breakdown: the Vanagon name came into being with the advent of the third generation (T3) VW van in 1

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This Tonawanda Hose Company fire truck, seen in last week’s Memorial Day Parade in the City of Tonawanda, isn’t just a 1957 Ford truck. It’s a 1957 Ford F-900 Big Job. Lol Ford! Gotta love a name like “Big Job,” especially when they put it on a huge chrome-plated badge right there on the hood. The F-900, if you haven’t guessed, was Ford’s Extra-Heavy model, with a GVW of 29,000 lbs. This truck sty

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Okay, let’s be honest here; how many of you knew this was a 1959 Panhard Dyna Z before peeking at the copy? When I first saw it in a Salamanca front yard a few years ago, I wasn’t totally sure myself. But, there it is! The Panhard was a separate make built by the quirky French car firm Citroën. I kind of think it resembles a guppy from the front; and though it may look small in the photo, the Panh

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The factory brochure described this 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk as “…a sports car with family ways.” One headline even went so far as to say “Now… a new kind of family car… conceived with a sports car.” Well, that certainly would get the Golden Hawk in a family way, wouldn’t it now? Under the hood of the Golden Hawk (and no other ’56 Studebaker) was South Bend’s most potent engine — a 352 V-8 rate

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This eighth-generation 1980 Ford Thunderbird is from the first year of a three-year styling cycle, one that seems more like a glorified Ford Fairmont than Ford’s über-luxury personal sports coupe. Oh sure, the usual suspects of the genre were present, including what Ford describes in the brochure as “Continuous loop belts with pleasant reminder chime.” Lol. Of course, if you moved up a notch or tw