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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

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As I approached this 1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Custom one day last week in North Tonawanda, it reminded me of a kneeling Metro Bus. But then again, many of us lose a bit of our posture at age 46. That year’s brochure proudly proclaimed “…escape to happy-ever-aftering in a new Delta 88 Custom.” Which is probably where these guys were headed as we photographed them in their (again, quoting from the b

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA When this 1936 Ford Deluxe Coupe (three windows, as the sales brochure tells us) went on sale, you could have any engine you wanted as long as it was a 221 cu. in. V-8. No sixes this year. The rumble seat was an optional extra (also available in the five-window coupe), but was standard on the Deluxe Roadster and Convertible Cabriolet models. I guess Ford figured that

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA You’ve gotta love marketing people. It’s not always easy to make everyday stuff sound exciting, so (I think) they occasionally make up words. Like f’rinstance in this description of the interior of today’s feature car — the 1956 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two Sedan De Ville: “…Frost-pattern nylon paired with white Elascofab.” Elascofab? Sounds like something from the movie