Realrides Of WNY

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This 1989 Land Rover Defender is from an era when these things were true off-road vehicles, built for African safaris, everyday driving in the wilderness, and military use. Not that today’s Land Rovers can’t accomplish some of the same things, but not many modern buyers are taking their posh (yes, they’re posh) living rooms on wheels into many backwoods situations — unless one considers being forc

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Been seeing a lot of these lately, but this 1963 Chevy Corvair Monza may be one of the nicest-looking examples around. For model year 1963, the Corvair was available in the 500, 700, and Monza series. The Monza was available in club coupe, four-door sedan, and convertible variations (not to mention the Greenbrier van); and a Spyder option was available for both two-doors. Saw this red club coupe a

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Not often I’m confused (well, not all that often) but this one has me a bit baffled. But I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it’s a 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 wagon, with the front clip from a ’64 — because the grille definitely isn’t the ’65 style, and the taillights are not from a ’64. Only makes sense as the front end would be a simple swap while changing the back would involve major sheet metal

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How the mighty have fallen. These two Lincoln Town Car limousines can be seen daily in what appears to be their final resting spots in different areas of Niagara County. The squarish one is from the first generation of the Town Car, which ranged from model years 1981-89. As a young tyke my daughter always called these long cars. So I guess she might have referred to the rounder car here as a longe

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To say this 1993 Honda Civic del Sol is clean is an understatement. At least, it was the day we took this photo in a torrential downpour. (But those are the extremes we go to in order to bring you these pics every Monday thru Friday. Cue violins.) The del Sol, curiously part of the Civic lineup, had a removable targa top which stowed in the trunk; the rear window also retracted for a more open-air

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So you say you’re looking for an early sixties’ compact sedan? How about this 1963 Ford Falcon Futura? It’s right there and for sale near the Wheatfield/North Tonawanda line, and from this street view looks to be in pretty good shape. It even has fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview mirror! You can’t resist. You will buy this car. Lol Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: Un-Ameri

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The 1939 Buick Century was available with or without running boards (this one has ‘em), and could also be ordered with a “…drip-proof, rain-proof sliding ‘Sunshine Turret Top’ at extra cost.” The original owner of this beautiful black Model 61 also apparently decided to forego that. We see this one regularly in Tonawanda. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: Un-American Classic C

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Yeah, it looks like a Mustang, but look closer. It’s a 1984 Mercury Capri, a car I nearly forgot existed until running across this one over the weekend at the Labor Day car show in Tonawanda’s Niawanda Park. The Mustang clearly outsold the Capri (141,580 to 20,642), but it gave people one more reason to visit a Lincoln-Mercury dealership. The Capri had different trim, grille, and taillight treatme

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One more from Cruisin’ on the Q in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This 1961 Chevy Biscayne was the second-cheapest new full-sized Chevy you could buy that year at $2,262. It was a whole $87 more than the Biscayne Utility Sedan, which I believe came without a back seat. Plain as this thing is, I was drawn back to it over and over again as I meandered down Queen Street. I guess I’m just a simple kind of gu

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Summer’s not over ‘til the fat lady rakes leaves, so if you have something like this 1986 Ford camper sitting around gathering dust, git innit and git going somewhere already! If you had acted fast you could have had this very one, as it sat for sale for awhile in Cambria. I’ll bet someone’s in there right now mixing margaritas! -Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: Un-American C