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RealRides of WNY #2468 ......................... 1973 Continental Mark IV

WELLSVILLE, N.Y.– I recently came across an Allstate insurance ad in the Winter 1973 edition of the Saturday Evening Post(below)about bumpers and premium costs. One way to know that this is a 1973 Continental Mark IV(“don’t call me a Lincoln!”) and not a 1974 is by the rear bumper. The battering ram mandate for the rear bumpers didn’t take hold until model year 1974 (

RealRides of WNY #2463 ......................... 1971 Chevrolet Caprice

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.– Although it’s not too apparent in these photos, this 1971 Chevrolet Caprice Custom Coupeis equipped with the flow-through ventilation system which came standard on every full-size 1971 General Motors automobile (you can read about it here @ The feature was dropped after only one year due to problems with — are you ready for it? — water i

RealRides of WNY #2457 ......................... 1963 Chevy II Nova SS

BUFFALO, N.Y.– Although these days many refer to the entire large compact lineup (larger, that is, than the compact Corvair) sold by Chevrolet as Nova, in reality, from its inception for MY 1962 on through to 1967, these cars were called the Chevy II, with the Nova nameplate being the top series of the lineup. For 1968 they all morphed into the Chevy II Nova, and the following year it was ju

RealRides of WNY #2453 ......................... 1957 Ford Fairlane 500

WELLSVILLE, N.Y.– growing up we had a downscale model of today’s RealRide, which is a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500. Ours wasn’t even a Fairlane, but at least the white Custom 300 in our driveway wasn’t the cheapest Custom model. There were subtle styling differences between the Fairlane & Custom lineups, perhaps the most pronounced being out back, starting with the pointy-nes

RealRides of WNY #2826 ......................... 1960 Chevrolet Impala

Hard to imagine now by looking at it, but the 1960 Chevrolet Impalawas actually toned-down a bit (just a bit, though!) from the radical 1959 models — especially at the back end. The double (Biscayne and Bel Air) and triple (Impala) taillight clusters would become somewhat of a Chevy trademark. Begun with MY 1958 (and put on hold for 1959), those rear lamps would be part of Chevy’s styl

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 (I