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RealRides of WNY #2428 ......................... 1973 Buick LeSabre

In the literature, the 1973 Buick LeSabrewas called “the standard big Buick.”Some of us would call it the base, or entry-level model. Today’s RealRideis just a notch up from there, being a LeSabre Custom, which added a bit nicer interior and a bunch of exterior brightwork. We’re guessing that this one’s painted in what Buick called Bamboo Cream. Out back is a trunklid

RealRides of WNY #2418 ......................... 1974 Dodge Dart

At a glance, there’s not much of a difference between this 1974 Dodge Dart Swingerand its cousin the Plymouth Scamp. Up front, the Dart’s clip (bumper, grille, and hood) is pointed compared to the Scamp’s more blunted shape, and out back the Dart’s taillamps are two separate lenses whereas the Scamp’s shapes are pretty much a continuation of the vertical trim band bet

RealRides of WNY #2803 - 1971 Torino

What we have here is a 1971 Ford Torino 500, a bit of a contrast to the two or three ’71 Torino GT RealRideswe’ve seen here lately. For MY 1971 the Torino 500 was the nameplate’s entry-level car; a year prior the Fairlane 500 held that spot, but things got shuffled around a bit with the introduction (for one-half model year only) of the Fairlane/Torino-based Falcon of model year

RealRides of WNY #2382 - 1969 Skylark

Back when this 1969 Buick Skylark Customwas new, all four of General Motors’ divisions which had mid-size offerings were distinctively different. The back ends of the Buick models were probably the most distinctive of them all — which when combined with the trademark Buick side swoosh made for (IMO) a very handsome design. And luckily for those with a little less money to spend, that s

RealRides of WNY #2379 - 1979 R17 Gordini

If this 1979 Reanult R17 Gordinilooks different to you, that’s because it’s had its front clip and rear bumper replaced with parts from a French market car. What a difference! (See the North American version below.)The R17 came with a power-operated roll-back fabric top, as well as a removable fiberglass hardtop panel like the one seen at the right in a photo from bringatrailer.com. (I

RealRides of WNY #2371 - 1962 Dodge

A lot of ink has been used over the years writing about Chrysler Corporation’s idea to downsize its big cars for model year 1962, only to make a quick about-face when their sales slumped. Looking ahead to the next decade, I guess they were just ahead of their time. This 1962 Dodge Polara 500is one of those cars. Its styling can be polarizing (Polara-izing?) to some, but I’ve always bee

RealRides of WNY #2370 - 1966 Chrysler

This 1966 Chrysler 300was seen recently at the 15thAnnual Kiwanis Car Cruise & Fall Festivalin Pembroke. Interestingly, north of the border Chrysler offered the 300 as a two-door hardtop as well as a four-door hardtop and sedan; while the Canada-only 300 Sportcame in two-door hardtop and convertible body styles. In the States, there was just the 300 series in the convertible, and two- and four

RealRides of WNY #2336 - 1967 Cougar

The success of Ford’s Mustang in 1964, which ushered in a whole new category of vehicles — the pony car — led to the introduction of the 1967 Mercury Cougar. Based on the Mustang platform, the Cougar was a little bigger, a little more posh, and came with a standard 289cid V8 (the competition — Mustangs, Barracudas & Camaros — all had an inline six as their base po

RealRides of WNY #2333 - 1965 Monaco

I was pleasantly surprised to come across this 1965 Dodge Monacolast month at the 2ndAnnual Fire Department Super Cruise in Strykersville. To say you rarely see a full-size ’65 Dodge these days would be an understatement. Then again, to say I saw two more within the next two weeks would be a fact. This one though, is a top-of-the-line Monaco, which for model year 1965 would be offered in two

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Ambassador

The 1964 Rambler Ambassador 990was the top of the line from the Kenosha, Wisconsin automaker. (A 990H was available with a bit more potent engine and a more upscale interior). Unlike later Ambassadors, the ’64 models weren’t all that different outside from the lesser Rambler Classics. But, they didcome with standard V8 power — a 327cid rated at 250 hp. Rambler was the first Ameri