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RealRides of WNY - 1995 Buick

From my short time as a Buick salesman in the mid 2000s’ decade I can remember customers of a certain age stopping in and lamenting the demise of the Tri-Shield brand’s cars like this 1995 Buick Park Avenue. Some of them traded their old LeSabres and Park Avenues, reluctantly, I might add, on a Lucerne (much like the one in the background below) or a mid-sized LaCrosse. But they just w

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Ford Bronco II

This 1985 Ford Bronco II is a rarely-seen (these days) compact SUV which the Blue Oval company brought out for 1984, based on the new compact Ranger pickup platform. The original Bronco, introduced for 1966, had by this time grown much larger and was now based on the full-sized F-150. The Bronco II would eventually give way to the Explorer, and the mainstream SUV craze was up and running… S

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Ford Ranchero

Here’s a 1969 Ford Ranchero, seen last summer in Niagara Falls. This one’s wearing the grille of the base model, and the hood scoop of the Ram-Air Cobra Jet-equipped Ranchero GT. The yellow paint job seems a bit brighter than the factory Meadowlark Yellow, and the rims and sunroof also appear to be later additions. Still, a nice-looking truck for a 51-year-old.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a

RealRides of WNY - c1978 Mercury Cougar XR-7

Under all that snow could very well be a Ford Thunderbird… but our crack team of experts (me) have come to the decision that this is actually a c1978 Mercury Cougar XR-7. Ford’s T-Bird, which shared the same body shell, had a set of fake air louvres on the front fenders behind the wheel openings; and we don’t see ‘em here. Found this one over the winter (duh!) in Niagara F

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Plymouth Cambridge

Nothing says family chariot like a base-model sedan from the early 1950s. They were pretty unadorned except for the rainbow of paint choices offered at the time. A case in point in this 1951 Plymouth Cambridge. Looking at this car, seen over the summer at one of the Tuesday night Cruisin’ The Q car shows in Niagara Falls, Ontario, you might be surprised to learn that the Cambridge wasn&rsquo

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Lincoln Town Car

Don’t let the Texas license plate fool you. This 1989 Lincoln Town Car was photographed almost four years ago in a snowy field in Niagara Falls. I’m sure it would much rather have been sitting in a nice warm Texas pasture, where the blistering hot sun could fade its Sandstone paintjob into oblivion while it dried-up and cracked the Light Sandalwood Bayville Vinyl Carriage Roof into an

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Chevrolet Styleline

I’m not sure what they call them these days, but years ago we would have said this 1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe was a mild custom. Visible (from here) modifications include chrome reverse wheels with Baby Moon hubcaps, and the removal of the hood ornament and emblems. Hmm… that radio antenna doesn’t look stock either! The color though? It could be stock, as the color chip car

RealRides of WNY - Volkswagen Golf VR6

This Volkswagen Golf VR6 was what you moved up to when the hot-hatch GTI was no longer floating your boat. The Golf Mark III VR6 was sold from 1992-98. It got its name from the engine — VW’s VR6, which is a V-6 with a cylinder angle of only 15 degrees which allows the use of just one cylinder head (see illustration), and it was designed specifically for front-wheel-drive vehicles. Bein

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Chevy Chevette

Stopped into the neighborhood Tim Hortons after last week’s Cruising the Q car show in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and there in the parking lot was this 1986 Chevy Chevette (showing only 32k miles) looking like a new car. Owner and Falls resident Ryan Smith told me he’d just bought it three weeks earlier from a dealer in Grimsby. The car was traded in years ago, and after the dealer’

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Lincoln Continental Mark IV

The sign in the window of this 1974 Lincoln Continental Mark IV states that is has a mere 76k on the odometer. For those of you who don’t have a calculator handy, that’s an average of about 1,800 miles per year. Which ain’t much — further calculations show that to be about 34 miles per week; to church and back? Lol… The Mark IV was the successor to the Mark III, whic