Results for: Convertible

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Cadillac DeVille

Once proclaimed “The Standard of the World”(okay, it was self-proclaimed) it wasn’t unusual for those who had “made it” financially to wander into a Cadillac dealership at car-buying time. When this 1970 Cadillac DeVillewas new, the company, a division of General Motors, was headquartered in Detroit. (The brand was named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a French ex

RealRides of WNY - Chrysler LeBaron, c1984

It’s rather remarkable how many of these Chrysler LeBaronconvertibles, c1984, are still around. After the American convertible had been declared dead following the 1976 model year, Chrysler head Lee Iacocca took a chance to revive his ailing company by bringing out a pair of compact droptops — the LeBaron and its cousin Dodge 400. They promptly sold around 20,000 of them that first yea

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Buick LeSabre

When this 1966 Buick Custom LeSabre 400showed up in the RealRidesemailbox over the summer, it reminded the staff (me) of how much we miss green cars. No, not the electric/hybrid kind, but the ones with actualgreenfactory paint jobs. If we’re looking at the paint chip chart correctly, this one is Verde Green… or is it Shadow Turquoise? Darn you internet and your vague color representat

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Chevy Impala

It’s been well documented over the years that millions of cars like this 1967 Chevy Impalaleft the factory during the decade 1960-69; two- and four-door sedans and hardtops, two- and three-row station wagons, and of course, convertibles like the one here, seen over the summer in Tonawanda. What hasn’t been documented is how many remain in what seems like an unmolested condition like th

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Plymouth Barracuda

Here’s another example of why at car shows I also make the rounds of the attendees’ parking lot. This nifty-looking 1968 Plymouth Barracudawas spotted a few weeks ago on a Friday evening at Striker’s Lanesin West Senecaduring one of their weekly cruise-ins. This one’s unusual as it’s wearing a set of dog dish hub caps. A look at the ’68 Barracuda brochure points

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Buick Invicta

A pretty big car even in its day, this 1959 Buick Invicta was described in the brochure as having “…the spirit and action of a true sports car” while being “…as agile as light on (its) feet as a kitten.” I’m not sure about any of that, but they got the part right about being “big enough to carry your whole family (with room to spare).” In add

RealRides of WNY - 1987 BMW

Now that winter is (finally) over, the convertibles are starting to come out. Saw a somewhat rare (at least, these days) 1987 BMW 325i cabrio in downtown Buffalo a few weeks ago. We can see here that even the designers at BMW were flummoxed as to what to do with the federally-mandated center-mount third brake light back in those early years. Many convertibles had them plopped down right on the dec

RealRides of WNY - 1983 Rolls-Royce Corniche

You can tell spring is really in the air when you see a 1983 Rolls-Royce Corniche out and about Kenmore. The Corniche is the non-four-door version of the iconic British luxury car, or simply put, the two-door version. Available as a closed coupe or convertible, the original Corniche was built between 1971-87; and a total of 3,239 drop-tops were produced before the Corniche II was introduced later

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Chevy Camaro

The lack of RS or SS badging on this 1968 Chevy Camaro would seem to indicate it’s — dare I say it? — just a plain Camaro convertible. The RS (Rally Sport) would have hidden headlights, while the SS (Super Sport) would have SS emblems here and there plus a pair of fake air intakes on the hood. This red example however, is wearing the SS wheel covers, which incidentally are the sa

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Olds Cutlass Supreme

Day Two of Black & White WeekIt’s always good to come across a basically stock-looking GM midsize car from the sixties, so you know I made a quick u-turn when I first passed this 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible a couple of weeks ago in Lancaster. Seems like most of these types of cars you see these days have at least had their wheels & tires switched out. Looking at this