Realrides Of WNY

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This fine-looking 1963 Ford Thunderbird Landau was spotted not long ago by RealRides RealReader Steve Cichon (local storyteller and bow tie-wearer), who was kind enough to send along the photo. The Landau was the spiffier of the hardtop T-Birds, immediately recognizable by the vinyl roof covering and landau bars on the c-pillars. Steve snapped this photo in Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood. Jim Cor

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This beautiful 1960 Chevrolet El Camino was parked outside the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum downtown a couple of weeks ago. This one doesn’t look like it’s done much hauling in its day, but I can imagine it draws a crowd wherever it’s parked. Chevy built the El Camino in answer to Ford’s Ranchero (which first appeared for the 1957 model year). The El Camino debuted for 1959 but was t

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You certainly don’t see one of these everyday. This 1988 Dodge Ram Van, which you also rarely saw when they were new, is the windowless delivery version of the Dodge Caravan. I’ve been seeing this one driving around Niagara Falls for the past couple of years, but last week was the first time I came across it standing still, posing for a RealRides photo-op. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY The post RealRides o

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Seeing this 1963 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass convertible in Tonawanda a while ago took me back to my first Buffalo Auto Show, which was held at the Masten Avenue Armory. By this time the F-85 was growing in size from the “senior” compact that had been introduced for 1961. When the 1964 models rolled out the F-85/Cutlass would grow again into a full-fledged intermediate-sized car, and a very popular on

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This 1979 Pontiac Grand LeMans looks to be in pretty good shape for its age (if you look past that front fender). This was the second year of the down-sized Pontiac intermediate, whose basic body style would last until the end of the 1986 model year. At the end of its run it was renamed the Bonneville, after the full-sized cars which previously used that name disappeared from the lineup (only to r

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This 1974 Chevy El Camino, seen a few weeks ago in Tonawanda, is pretty period-correct… right down to the old tag and the Glen Campbell Chevrolet dealer badge on the tailgate. Some of these Colonnade-era GM cars get no (or little) respect from the old-car collecting community, but as time goes on I know I’ve come to appreciate them more than I did when they were new. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY The post

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Perhaps the owner of this vanity-plated 1978 Chevy Camaro Z-28 got tired of people asking what year the car was. Understandable, as there was a period back then when not a whole lot of appearance changes were made from year to year. This well-preserved yellow example was seen a while back in Tonawanda. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY The post RealRides of WNY appeared first on Buffalo Cars.

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It was probably 20 years ago or so when I photographed this 1966 Volkswagen 1300 at a VW car show in Joseph Davis State Park in Lewiston. Yet, I still can remember that it’s a ’66 — easily told by the flat-style hubcaps & slotted wheels (the first year they appeared), along with the old-style glass-covered headlamps (the final year they appeared). Otherwise, as we all know, VWs didn’t change m

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I can’t really describe this 1953 Buick Roadmaster any better than Buick’s brochure writers did back in the day: From its suave exterior to its master-crafted chassis, Roadmaster is an automobile of tremendous life and spirit, of sumptuous comfort and ease, of breath-taking power and performance, of meticulous workmanship and detail. I found this beautiful four-door six-passenger two-toned Riviera

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By the time this 1974 Ford Thunderbird hit the new-car showroom, Ford’s venerable luxury brand was faltering sales-wise with just 58,443 leaving the factory. Maybe buyers were peeved that these same wheel covers were offered on the LTD (horrors!). Things got worse in 1975, when Ford introduced the Torino-based Ford Elite, which pretty much looked like a T-Bird that shrunk in the dryer. Saw this fi