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Maybe one of the prettiest cars ever to come out of modern-day Detroit, this 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza convertible and its brethren were also among the most maligned nameplates in the automobile industry. Pity, because by the time these totally re-done 1965 models hit the showrooms most of the earlier problems — real or imagined — which were brought to light by consumer advocate Ralph Nader, we

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Saw this Surf Green 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air a few Sundays ago on my way to a car show in Wheatfield. This thing looks brand new, and the few custom touches added on don’t detract from its appearance at all. I’m especially fond of the Blue-Dot taillight lenses; I wish they made them for today’s cars! This two-door sedan is from back in the day when automatic transmissions were something to brag abou

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Luckily, like most everyone else these days, I always seem to have a camera in my pocket. So I was able to make a quick U-turn in Lancaster when I saw this 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner parked in front of a restaurant in the village. Ford was the only one of The Big Three automakers to feature a retractable hardtop convertible in its regular lineup, from 1957-59, and they sold about 48,000 of th

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This 1948 Chevy, seen a month or so ago in Fancher (and it looks like it’s been there a while), is a head-scratcher… for me, anyway. All of my sources list the Aero Sedan body style as a Fleetline series-only choice. Yet the trim on this car (or more precisely, lack of trim) seem to indicate the lower-end Stylemaster series. On the other hand, neither of them seem to feature black painted bumpers,

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This 1948 Ford truck looks like it’s ready to go out on a few quick deliveries. Ford did make a 6-1/2 foot stake struck for 1948, with removable stakes for use as a flatbed, but this one looks more like it was concocted from an F-1 pickup. Either way, it’s a pretty sweet ride! Found it a couple of weeks ago in Sanborn. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY Check out our new Facebook page: LuvTheCheapies The post R

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Passed this 1952 Ford Customline Tudor a while back driving home from Erie, Pa. and yes, it’s the same age as I am (but in much better shape). The Customline was positioned between Ford’s low-cost Mainline and higher-end Crestline models. I’m still trying to decide if this one is green or blue; I have however, decided that I really like the custom bladed wheel covers but could probably do without

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From the Not Aging Gracefully files comes this 1987 VW Vanagon. Successor to the venerable VW buses of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, the Vanagon never caught on as well with American buyers. By then the price of imports was hurt by constant currency fluctuation and unfavorable exchange rates. It also wasn’t quite as cute as the previous models, IMHO. This one’s still on the road, where we found it in

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This 1979 Chevy Monte Carlo is close to my heart, as we owned my late father-in-law’s ’79 for a few years early in our marriage. Of course, unlike this silver example seen recently in North Tonawanda, ours was more of a “poo brown” in color, but it was a great car to drive around in! Sold it to a guy at work in 1990 who drove it for another year or two. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY Check out our new Faceb

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Before most Americans had ever heard of OPEC, this 1967 Chrysler New Yorker was a pretty normal-sized sedan. Standard equipment included a 440 cu. in. V-8 with a four-barrel carb., and a three-speed Torqueflite automatic. Fuel efficient? Hardly. Scrumptiously comfortable to ride in? Of Course! Saw this one in the Town of Tonawanda a week or so ago. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY Check out our new Facebook p

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American Motors had a habit of making even shorter versions of its not-so-long-to-begin-with cars back in the late ’60s and early ‘70s. The Gremlin was a Hornet with the back end chopped off, while this 1969 AMC AMX, seen recently in Tonawanda, was basically a Javelin with the rear seat section surgically removed. The results are mixed. While personally I like the Gremlin, it was a polarizing desi