Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA You’re forgiven if you have no idea what this thing is. It’s a Geo Storm coupe, sold through U.S. Chevrolet dealers from 1990 through 1993. It was based largely on the second generation Isuzu Impulse, another version of which was sold in Canada as the Asüna Sunfire (Geos were not marketed in Canada until 1992). Asüna was sold by Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealers while Geos we

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This 1968 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 is unusual in a couple of respects: it’s wearing the 4-4-2 hood and grille, but the Oldsmobile badge on the leading edge of the hood, from what I can tell, only came on non-4-4-2 Cutlasses and F-85s; and you’re looking at what is probably a rare (for-the 4-4-2) two-toned paint job. That’s right, that isn’t a white vinyl top, but rather it’s a white painted roof, very unu

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Okay, so the 1994 Chevy Corsica isn’t exactly a collector car. The only thing this one, seen a couple of weeks ago in West Seneca, seems to be collecting is dust. The Corsica was Chevy’s four-door version of its Berlinetta coupe — or was the Berlinetta Chevy’s two-door version of the Corsica? That’s never been very clear. One thing that is clear is the fact that you don’t see too many of either of

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Most people would “EEK!” if asked to get into a car with a mouse on the front seat. But if the mouse is Stuart Little, and the car is a coin-operated ride inside the Boulevard Mall, well, you know there are thousands of kids who want to get right in and “drive.” I know when I was that age I always pestered Mom for the 25¢ or whatever it was back then so I could sit back with one hand on the wheel

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Driving through the City of Tonawanda, you may have passed this 1964 Corvair many times without even realizing it was a car! It’s now a meat smoker, parked in front of the Smoke on the Water restaurant on Young Street. I can’t imagine how this ever came to be, but I’m sure there are some Corvair purists (the dead ones, at least) who are rolling in their graves at the thought of cutting up one of t

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA With a starting sticker price of a measly $1,611 you had to be really, ahem, thrifty to buy one of these 1950 Dodge Wayfarer business coupes. You also had to not want to carry too many passengers, as the car lacked a back seat. Dodge managed to move about 7,500 of them out the door though, including this Old Skool custom number, seen in 2013 at the Inaugural Car Show

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA You go to a car show just about anywhere and you can almost guarantee there’ll be ’55 and ’57 Chevys up and down the rows. Not that often you see one from the middle of the Tri-Fives though. But here’s a 1956 Chevy Two-Ten two-door sedan. Perhaps not as fancy-schmancy as a Bel Air hardtop or convertible, but a handsome car just the same. The two-tone paint, full wheel

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA Sometimes the attendees’ cars out in the lot or on the street are just as interesting as the cars in the show. Case in point: this 1956 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, spotted on the side street next to Keyser Cadillac at last summer’s Western New York Cadillac-La Salle Club show, held annually at Keyser (this year’s show will be Sunday, July 12 from 11a-3p). This Eldo

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA If you’re like me and have an interest in the imports, it’s worth the drive to Saratoga Springs for the Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car Show. This year will mark the event’s 10th anniversary, and it will be held Saturday, August 1 — more info @ http://www.hemmings.com/events/saratoga This is where in 2012 I ran across this 1974 Audi A100 Coupe S. Just this past Satur

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA For the next few days we’ll take a look at some cars and trucks seen out and about at local cruise-ins, car shows, and other special events. Like this 1962 International-Harvester Travelette ¾-ton pickup. It was driven by the team of Tabetha Salsbury and Kacy Smith in 2012’s Hemmings Motor News Great Race, which passed through WNY in June of that year. They were the o