Realrides Of WNY

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Hard to say if this blue 1964 Plymouth Valiant convertible is a 200 or a Signet, as the chrome trim and identifying nameplates seem to be AWOL. Other than that though, it looks to be pretty complete, right down to the original wheel covers and what look like skinny, 1964-ish tires. Saw it parked recently in Wheatfield. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: Non-American Classic Car

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This 1959 Ford flatbed truck, based on the popular F-series pickup, is just about as blue as the Ransomville sky it’s parked under. Not sure just what that is in the back, but it looks like it just fits. Wearing a pair of historical plates, this one is definitely a rare survivor. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: Non-American Classic Cars The post RealRides Of WNY appeared fir

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At one point in time there were Lincolns, and there were Continentals. And woe to the man who called one by the wrong name. In time, 1961 to be precise, they were merged into one brand, Lincoln Continental. Now, here we are in 2015 with, again, only Lincolns on sale — but clicking on the Future Models button on the Lincoln web page brings up… ta-da! — the Lincoln Continental concept car (which loo

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You don’t see a lot of these big, full-sized cars out of Lansing much these days. Especially not a 1967 Oldsmobile Delta Custom Holiday Sedan with only 47k miles on it! And just how nice were these cars? Let’s read here from the brochure: “…all-new for ’67 and more luxuriously endowed than any 88 to precede them.” A peek into the black interior of this yellow example, seen last week on a bicycle r

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Back in the 1960s, GM’s “excitement division” could seemingly do no wrong. This 1962 Pontiac Bonneville is a prime example of some of the great — and great-looking — cars they brought to market back when I was a youngster. And those eight-lug aluminum wheels are highly sought after today by collectors. This red convertible was at this past Labor Day’s car show in Tonwanda’s Niawanda Park. Jim Corb

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If you liked your personal luxury coupes to have that chiseled look, this 1974 Chevrolet Monte Carlo might have been right up your alley. First introduced for model year 1970, the Monte’s looks changed drastically with the introduction of the second generation in 1973; the ’74s hit the showroom with only minor trim changes. Saw this one in Niagara Falls. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Fac

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The successor to the venerable Beetle was this 1984 VW Rabbit, introduced to the rest of the world as the Golf ten years earlier. Not sure why VW thought they had to change the name for the North American market because, as we all know, eventually it became Golf here also. Well, except for that short spell beginning in 2006 when they switched back to the Rabbit moniker (and then back to Golf again

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It’s always convertible weather somewhere. Just not right here right now — unless of course you keep the top up and the heater on high. Saw this 1969 MG one day last week in Niagara Falls, sunny enough for top-down driving, but certainly not warm enough. These were the last of the good-looking MGs, that is, before our federal government starting mandating those terrible-looking five-mph bumpers, w

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“Where to, guvna?” If you were in Kenmore last week, you might have been tempted to hail this 1974 Austin FX4 London cab. It sure looks ready to go, sitting right out at the curb and all. It does though, have a for sale sign in the window, with an asking price of $4,500 OBO. Maybe some newly-minted Uber driver might snatch it up. And ditch his old Ford Tempo, Lol. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check o

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When the B-52s sang about buying a Chrysler “as big as a whale,” this is the one I always pictured in my mind. This particular 1947 Chrysler Club Coupe was seen over the summer in Depew. I would imagine after owning one of these for a few years, and wrangling that huge steering wheel while trying to coax the big coupe into its parking spot every day, you’d also have biceps as big as a whale. (If w