Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY

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

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This seems as good a time as any to buy a convertible. And maybe this 1994 Pontiac Sunbird is just what you’re looking for! Of course, I haven’t seen it in months now, so who knows if it’s still for sale. But you can dream, right! And who doesn’t dream of purple convertibles? This one actually was for sale in Niagara Falls when we passed it last summer. — Jim Corbran, RRofWNY The post RealRides of

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Luckily a little dust never hurt any old car. Like this 1967 Dodge Charger, which we passed recently while driving through Wheatfield. The Charger was to Dodge what American Motors had hoped the Marlin would be to them. Both were rather large full-fastback-roofed cars, but for some reason the Charger seemed to pull it off better. Could be because the roofline of the Marlin was originally designed

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA This was the car which was supposed to stem back the tide of the new American subcompacts — the 1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle. As things turned out, it wasn’t Super enough to give a second life to the venerable old German People’s Car. Yes, it had a bigger trunk and a better front suspension than the standard Beetle, but it was still an ancient design, especially when

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA Boy, I start feeling old when I see historical license plates on cars as new as this 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau coupe — in a great color combination (I’m guessing it’s the Firethorn with a tan vinyl half-top.) This was the second-last year for this body style, which gave way in 1978 to the first down-sized Montes. Saw this one a short time ago in North Tonawand