Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY

(Welcome to Day 1 of “Don’t Fence Me In” Week…) All this week we’ll be breaking Rule No. 2 of RealRide photo-taking — no pictures through chain-link fencing. Oh well, sometimes these goodies are too hard to pass up. Like this 1972 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Sedan seen ears ago in Olean. In a language known as Oldsmobilese it’s called a sedan even though it’s a four-door hardtop. These Ninety-Eights w

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(Day 5 of “Rescue Me” Week…) When I file these photos on my computer, I list them by year, make, model, color, and location. This 1968 Pontiac GTO, seen a while ago in Niagara Falls, simply says “color” as I had a hard time telling just what color it was. It looks pretty rough, but it also looks quite complete. A little trim, some paint, and wheels & tires and, who knows? Mecum Auctions, here

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(Day 4 of “Rescue Me” Week…) This 1969 Chevrolet Nova looks to be on its way to a rescue, sitting outside of a Town of Royalton repair shop. The trim, what there is of it, would seem to indicate that this coupe came with the optional Exterior Décor group as well as a vinyl top. It does appear to be missing an engine though, judging from its stance, not to mention glass and some of the interior. Lo

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(Day 3 of “Rescue Me” week…) The Triumph TR7 was the successor to the iconic — you guessed it — TR6, although at introduction for model year 1975 it was not available with a convertible roof. Horrors! A closed British sports car was just not what many were looking for in the mid-1970s, much less one shaped like a door stop. A drop-top model finally came along for 1979 which was surprisingly first

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(Day 2 of “Rescue Me” Week…) Although it’s hard to tell from this example, the 1966-67 Dodge Charger was actually one of the most stylish automobiles on the market when it was new. A full length grille in the front was complemented by a full-width taillight in the back end. When the second-generation Charger rolled around for 1968 it became a highly-desirable muscle car — a ’69 model was one of th

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(Day 1 of “Rescue Me” Week…) This 1950 Buick Super Jetback two-door looks like it’s lived a tough life. Not only is it covered in gray primer, but its chrome trim seems to have left town, the front tires are flatter than last night’s beer, and there’s that telltale wooden block “emergency brake” right behind the rear wheel. It appears to be sitting outside of a tattoo parlor which seems to double

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(Day 5 of Orphans Week…) Here is a well-optioned 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe Club Coupe, seen a few summers ago on Grand Island. It’s wearing newer whitewalls and what appear to be 1957 Plymouth wheel covers, along with window visors, outside rearview mirrors, and rear fender stone shields. The brochure lists the transmission as having “remote control manual operation on steering column under whe

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(Day 4 of Orphans week…) I’ve always been partial to cars like this 1952 DeSoto Fire Dome 8 Club Coupe. After being born I was brought home from Sister’s Hospital in Dad’s 1949 model. The trunklid of this black example, seen in Tonawanda, proudly and loudly proclaims that there’s a V-8 under the long, heavy hood. It put out 160 hp, and as the brochure tells us, was “…capable of breathtaking accele

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(Day 3 of Orphans Week…) Back when this 1955 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Holiday Sedan was new, there wasn’t a lot visually to differentiate it from lower-cost Eighty-Eight models even though it had a wheelbase which was four inches longer and cost another 600 bucks. Up close, yes; but from a block away your poorer neighbors probably weren’t as impressed as you would have liked them to be. This one wa

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(Day 2 of Orphans Week…) Okay then. This 1964 Mercury Comet is confusing me. The convertible was available only as a higher-priced Caliente model, yet this example is wearing the trim of a lower-cost Comet 404. Hmm… Any any rate, my sources indicate that only 9,039 convertibles were produced that year, making this one, seen last summer in Youngstown, rather rare. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY The post Real