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RealRides of WNY - 1965 Chevy Suburban

June 13, 2019

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Chevy Suburban

Here’s a nicely kept 1965 Chevy Suburban Carryall, owned and restored by West Seneca’s Jim Gaczewski. (Before you ask, it’s a ’65 with a ’61 hood and a ’63 GMC grille insert.) The Bow-Tie folks advertised the early 1960 Suburbans as “Today’s easiest going all-purpose vehicle!” It’s not very likely that back then the marketing department would have ever foreseen fleets of black Suburbans almost 60 years later ferrying governors and presidents around town. But, there you go. Chevy touted the Suburban for a number of purposes: outdoorsmen; little league, scout, and church groups; impromptu school bus duty; DIYers; big farm families; and appliance service and repairmen. Standard engine was a 230 straight six, with a 292 staight six and 283 V-8 optional. We saw Jim’s surf wagon at the recent Cars and Cigars Car Show on Grand Island at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club. (In the background, notice the 1950 Chevy — it’s owned by Jim’s finaceé Kasia Jones, and it’ll be featured here in a few days.)

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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