Realrides Of WNY

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A Grand Marquis hot rod? Well, not exactly, but this 2003 Mercury Marauder curiously was based on the GM rather than Ford’s Crown Vic. Maybe they were trying for an image change by offering this — yes, hot rod, in a showroom usually filled with pensioned tire-kickers. Under the hood of the Marauder lurked a 32-valve 302-hp V-8, while the interior featured real gauges, and two rather straight exhau

RealRides of WNY

Not often you see a Porsche 928 anymore, let alone two of them parked side-by-side. Yet here these two are, sitting in a Niagara Falls driveway looking not too bad for their age. The 928 was produced from 1977-95; these two look to be from the mid-80s. The blue one is a 928 S which was the faster of the two. When the 928 was first introduced, it is thought that the plan for this front-engined wate

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This 1949 Ford Custom Club Coupe was way more popular than the much plainer Standard series model, with sales of 150,254 vs 4,170. The Custom added Ford’s V-8 and fancier trim while the Standard model looked more like something the guy on the bottom rung of the sales force received as his company car. This one also has extra-cost options like full wheel covers and whitewalls, sun visor, fog lights

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Bowtie cars didn’t get much bigger than this 1976 Chevrolet Caprice Sport Sedan. As a matter of fact, it was the full-sized Chevy’s final year of being full-sized, as they (along with GM’s other big cars) were downsized for 1977. Although pretty much a re-hash of the ’75 model, Chevy made sure in their promotional material to point out the new rectangular headlights on the ’76 models. Thank you fe

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This 1964 Mercury Monterey four-door sedan features Mercury’s Breezeway design— the reverse-slanted rear window slides down behind the rear seat for added ventilation. Other than the styling quirkiness of the Breezeway, I’m not sure why this nifty feature never caught on. The chrome fender skirts are also a nice J.C. Whitney blast-from-the-past touch. Saw this one recently just outside of Pendleto

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This 1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60 is one fast car, with a supercharged engine driving the front wheels. The Corrado was VW’s replacement for the sporty Scirocco (although for a couple a years they were both being made and sold). In production for eight years, the Corrado is hailed as a driver’s car, and was named by the British magazine Car as one of the “25 Cars You Must Drive Before You Die.” I s

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This picture is so old, it’s a scan from an actual photograph taken at a car show in Lockport at the Niagara County Fairgrounds back in 1997. The Liberty plates on this 1963-1/2 Falcon Sprint were current at the time the picture was taken! This was the sporty Falcon, the first hardtop in the line, introduced halfway through the model year with bucket seats, a V-8, etc., and was basically a preview

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You had to hand it to Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca back in the nineties; he made silk purses out of sows ears and successfully put lipstick on pigs. So to speak. This 1991 Imperial was, under the skin, born of the humble K-Car, just one of many iterations of the cheap compact which Iacocca’s designers and engineers squeezed out of that little sedan. Purists may have groaned when they first slappe

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In the brochure they told us this 1965 Buick Skylark was the car for “…people who demand the luxury of a big car in a slightly smaller size.” If you remember, the Skylark was originally an upscale model in the compact Buick Special line. By 1964 they were no longer compacts, and by the time this 1965 model rolled around they actually looked like mini full-sized Buicks. Very handsome was this one,

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