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RealRides of WNY - 1967 Firebird

The 1967 Pontiac Firebird H.O.used the same basic body shell as Chevy’s also-new-for-1967 Camaro. Visually, the biggest differences were the very Pontiac-ish nose, and the taillight panel. But Pontiac had some other aces up its sleeve to differentiate the two. Or rather, some aces under the hood. One model was named Firebird 326, which used (surprise) their 326cid V8 — which was basica

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Laforza

No that headline isn’t a typo. There really is such a thing as a 1989 Laforza— we had the RealRidesAMC Spirit parked right next to it last Tuesday on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontarioat a weekly Cruising on the Qcruise night. The Laforza is an SUV which was manufactured in Italy (Laforza is Italian for “the force”) by Rayston-Fissore. The relative few that were exporte

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1976 Maverick

We’ve seen RealRides on the Roadbefore from former WNYer Rick Lapp, a long-time acquaintance who really seems to get around from his current home base in Central Pennsylvania. He spotted this 1976 Ford Maverickon a recent trip, parked in a marina in Anacortes, Washington. About 60 miles south of the Canadian border, Anacortes is on Fidalgo Island, about 80 miles northwest of Seattle. The Mav

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Barracuda

Here in the good ol’USA we know this car as a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda. Drive a few miles north back in the day though, and you would have come across these cars badged as Valiant Barracudas (bottom of page), and they were being sold (sans any Plymouth markings) in Chrysler-Plymouth-Fargo dealerships as well as Dodge stores. In the US, the Barracuda came standard with Chrysler’s 225cid

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Mercury Econoline

Last week we featured an early Dodge van, and yesterday in this space was a Corvair Greenbrier from 1962. So it seems only fitting to follow up with one of these old compact trucks from the other member of The Big Three. But this one’s probably the rarest of them all — a 1961 Mercury Econolinepickup. That’s right — Mercury. Why, you may ask, was there such a thing? Well, it

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Dodge A100

RealRidesreader Kevin Hayes spotted this 1969 Dodge A100pickup being loaded up outside of ReUse Actionin Buffaloearlier this week. Not only is it relatively rare to see one of these compact, cab-over trucks these days, but it’s even rarer to see one being used as a pickup truck to actually pick-up stuff! The A100 was also available in short or long wheelbase (the longer version being called

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Dodge Regent

The brochure called the 1953 Dodge Regent“…the finest Dodge ever offered in the low-price field… completely new from front to rear—and it looks it!”American shoppers would never see this mash-up of a Dodge front clip added to a Plymouth, because it was available in North America only at Dodge-DeSoto dealers north of the border. This was done primarily to give the D-

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Cadillac

A couple of days ago on this page we mentioned how General Motors cars of 1958 were a bit, ahem, heavy-looking and chrome-laden. This 1958 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Specialpretty well puts that in perspective. Cadillac called it “…a culmination of the refined techniques and styling genius of Fleetwood craftsmen.”Well, that doessound better than heavy-looking and chrome-laden. I h

RealRides of WNY - Ford Coupe, c1948

Saw this Ford Coupe, c1948, a couple of weeks ago at a Cruising on the Qcar show on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. There wasn’t much of a difference between the ’47 and the ’48 Fords — designers & engineers were busy gearing up for the all-new 1949 models. Ads for the ‘48s claimed that “… Ford’s the only car with your choice of V-8 or S

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Acadian Beaumont

Day 3 of Discontinued Marques Week…Yes, at a glance this looks like aChevelle with a custom grille… in reality it’s a 1964 Acadian Beaumont Sport Deluxe. (Regular readers of this space by now know better than to call it a “Canadian Chevelle,” even though it kind ofis.) But truth be told, the Acadian was a separate brand, sold only in Canada at Pontiac-Buick dealers