Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY

Yeah, it looks like a Mustang, but look closer. It’s a 1984 Mercury Capri, a car I nearly forgot existed until running across this one over the weekend at the Labor Day car show in Tonawanda’s Niawanda Park. The Mustang clearly outsold the Capri (141,580 to 20,642), but it gave people one more reason to visit a Lincoln-Mercury dealership. The Capri had different trim, grille, and taillight treatme

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One more from Cruisin’ on the Q in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This 1961 Chevy Biscayne was the second-cheapest new full-sized Chevy you could buy that year at $2,262. It was a whole $87 more than the Biscayne Utility Sedan, which I believe came without a back seat. Plain as this thing is, I was drawn back to it over and over again as I meandered down Queen Street. I guess I’m just a simple kind of gu

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Summer’s not over ‘til the fat lady rakes leaves, so if you have something like this 1986 Ford camper sitting around gathering dust, git innit and git going somewhere already! If you had acted fast you could have had this very one, as it sat for sale for awhile in Cambria. I’ll bet someone’s in there right now mixing margaritas! -Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: Un-American C

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And two days ago you thought Canada was a little out of the WNY viewing area. Well, this 1950 Buick Super Riviera photo was sent in by our Facebook friend Tad Dziekonski, who snapped it recently in La Candalaria, Bogotá, Columbia. The Super was the middle of the Buick lineup, between the Special and the ritzy Roadmaster, and over 56,000 of these two-door hardtops were made. Don’t know how many of

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Not often you come across a 1983 Plymouth Scamp. But here’s one now, seen a while back (for sale) in West Seneca. Based on the Dodge Rampage (okay, not based on — it was a Dodge Rampage with a Plymouth-type grille), the Scamp was a one year-only model for 1983, while the Rampage was introduced for ’82 and lasted three model years. Fewer than 5,000 Scamps were produced, making this a RareRealRide.

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Indulge us today, as we pull in Niagara Falls, Ontario under the RealRides umbrella and feature this 1954 Pontiac Pathfinder. When I was a kid living not that far from the Canadian border, we used to see these things all of the time. Of course we called them Canadian Pontiacs because, well because that’s what they were. Lower cost Pontiacs based on the less expensive Chevrolet — pretty much a Chev

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Second time in a week we’ve run across a car from the seventies which attached the Roman numeral II to its name, this time being this 1971 Pontiac Ventura II. Yes, it looks like a Chevy Nova (which itself started life as… the Chevy II), and that’s because it pretty much is a Chevy Nova with a different grille, taillights, and minor trim changes. Not to be outdone, for MY1973 Buick and Oldsmobile w

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Went strawberry picking with some friends a few weeks back, and on our way out we spotted this 1974 VW Beetle resting in the shade. Which is where we all should have been on that hot, humid, sunny afternoon. In 1974 the Beetle’s days were numbered, as the new front-drive Rabbit was introduced for 1975. The Beetle Cabriolet, as the convertible was known, would soldier on into 1980, while 1977 would

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It’s the vehicle that never really answered the question, “Is it a car or a truck?” because it’s both. It’s the 1964 Chevy El Camino, the Chevelle-based car/pickup which allowed you to haul stuff in its six-foot long integrated cargo bed. Although, nothing too heavy please, as the El Camino was rated at only about a half-ton cargo capacity. Chevy, in its brochure, called the El Camino both a perso

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Nothing says you’ve arrived more than driving up in a 1966 Lincoln Continental. Even a tired-looking example like this black one seen recently in Tonawanda still looks classy. A bear to park? Sure. Can’t pass a gas pump without stopping in? Of course not! But the seats were available upholstered in Madrigal cloth; and… those suicide doors! And for ’66, Lincoln introduced a two-door coupé model to