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RealRides of WNY - 1951 Bel Air

According to the brochure, the 1951 Chevrolet Bel Airhad “…all the practical advantages of a permanent steel top, [with] no side posts to hinder your visibility or to block the summer breeze.”Part of the Styline De Luxe series, the Bel Air was Chevy’s first two-door hardtop, which (sort of) combined the stylishness of a convertible without the hassle of a fabric top, a bod

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Bel Air

As it says on the trunklid, this 1957 Chevy Bel Airis “Somethin’ Else.” Seen last Thursday at one of Akron’sweekly cruise nights, this one’s been given the works: new grille, huge cruiser skirts, wide whites with a set of killer hubcaps, pinstriping, and a beautiful green and black interior to offset the gorgeous paintjob. We’ll have to guess what’s under

RealRides of WNY - 1959 El Camino

Ford didn’t sell a ton of Rancheros in 1957-58, but that didn’t mean their biggest rival didn’t want in on the action. It took a while, but two years later the 1959 Chevy El Caminofinally brought the Bow-Tie manufacturer into the battle of Hispanically named car-trucks. In one ad, Chevy told us it was “…the handsomest thing that ever happened to hauling… combi

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Opel Kadett

This 1969 Opel Kadett LShearkens back to a day when every automobile showroom in Americaseemed to needa compact to sell, regardless of who built it. Yes, the German Opel was manufactured by General Motors, but still… it was pretty much the polar opposite of every other car it shared space with in U.S. Buick showrooms. The Kadett, which Buick advertised as The Mini-Brute, was available in th

RealRides of WNY - 1915 Ford

This 1915 Ford Model T Runaboutis one of — if not the— oldest cars we’ve featured here. Seen last summer at the annual car show in beautiful downtown Akron, the Runabout was one of three open cars offered by Ford that year, the others being the 2-passenger Coupelet and the 5-passenger Touring Car. Prices in 1915? The Runabout was $390 f.o.b. Detroit, for a car that was — as

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Buick Special

When the American compact car market dawned in 1959, neither Rambler nor Studebaker offered a convertible model of their American or Lark. A Lark drop-top appeared for MY 1960, just as the Big Three were introducing the Ford Falcon, Chevy Corvair, and Chrysler Corporation’s Valiant (it wasn’t yet a Plymouth, officially). No convertibles from any of them. General Motors’ other div

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Hudson Hornet

This 1951 Hudson HornetConvertible Brougham was described in that year’s brochure as being the “…most brilliant beauty of the highway.” They also mentioned the new H-145 engine— although they only gave it one line of type. Perhaps that’s because it was an inline six, while much of the competition was putting a more modern V-8 under the hood. Hudson also had an

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Triumph TR-3

This 1959 Triumph TR-3 was pretty much standard sports car fare back in the late 1950s. Popular with returning GIs who drove them while stationed in Europe, they were pretty bare-bones but fun-to-drive machines. At that point in time their main competition was from other British-made roadsters — Chevy’s Corvette and Ford’s Thunderbird probably weren’t even considered by mos