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Well, it seemed like a good idea (after all, it worked with the Capri). Bring a couple of Ford of Germany’s nicer offerings over the pond and sell them at Lincoln-Mercury dealers. Only problem was — well, there were probably several problems, but from what I’ve heard and read, the sales people weren’t enamored with the cars, and could make more money selling Lincolns and Mercurys. The poor exchang

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From our “Don’t see one of these every day” category comes this 1960 Ford Fairlane 500, done up in a fake Town of Chetsville Fire Chief livery and sitting out front of — where else? — Old Tyme Chet’s restaurant in East Aurora. This model sat right around the middle of Ford’s full-sized offerings for 1960, which ranged from the cheapest Custom 300, up through the Fairlane, Fairlane 500, and the squ

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Every once in a while you come across something really… odd. Like this 1957-ish Isetta. Talk about compacts! The Isetta was an Italian-designed microcar which was built under license by, among others, BMW! Certainly a far cry from today’s offerings from Munich. While doing a little research on the Isetta, I came across one that was previously for sale on Hemmings.com, which was painted in the live

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Every once in a while, a RRofWNY reader will send along a photo of a Ride he/she encountered in their travels. Such as this pristine circa 1960 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia, which Facebook friend Alan Bedenko sent me last week while visiting New York. This sporty little rear-engined car was largely based on the VW Beetle, and was in production from 1955-74. If you’re trying to figure out just where thi

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If yesterday’s find was relatively rare, today’s is positively rare — a 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna Estate Wagon. Fewer than 7,500 of them were built, split pretty evenly between two- and three-seat versions. This one was seen in probably the best place for it: outside of a restoration shop — this one being in Wheatfield (yes, the same one as yesterday’s car, but it’s now a couple of years late

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Relatively rare (20,766 produced), this 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner was spotted outside of a Wheatfield restoration shop a while back (an even rarer ’58 Skyliner lurked inside the shop out of camera range). Ford billed the Skyliner as “The miracle car of this generation… TWO cars in ONE!” Somewhat true, as this convertible had a retractable hardtop (which disappeared into the trunk) rather tha

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I’ll pause here until you stop laughing… (pause). Okay then, today’s “special” car is this 1998 Chevy Metro, which I believe can still be seen sitting in a Niagara Falls repair shop lot (unless some rare car collector has bought it already). The second generation Chevy Metro began life as the Geo Metro in model year 1995. Along with the identical Suzuki Swift and Pontiac Firefly, it was built in a

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This 1992 Buick Riviera is from the middle of the marque’s styling cycle (begun in 1989); a larger, bean-shaped model would debut for 1995. According to the Riviera Owners Association web page (rivowners.org), “The marketing theme in 1992 was Buick quality, design, engineering and seamless flow of power.” Prices started at a lofty $25,415 and a total of 12,324 were produced. This red one was seen

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Chevy Fleetline Deluxe

RealRides of WNY When the 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe four-door sedan was introduced, the brochure described the styling as “different . . . smoothly curved and graceful from front to rear.” Well, that it was, but it didn’t seem to impress buyers all that much, as Chevy sold only (only!) 124,287 of them, compared to over 316,000 of the more conventionally-styled (that is, not

Welcome to RealRides of WNY

RealRides of WNY Welcome to RealRides of WNY. Come back regularly as we'll be featuring: cars and trucks seen in and around WNY; maybe something we've run across on one of our out-of-town trips; or (seeing that the RRofWNY staff is quite sedentary) movie and television vehicles we come across from night-to-night in our recliner. Who knows, maybe you'll even see your own ride here! To be featured,