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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 #2423 ......................... 1936 Ford

When I came across this 1936 Fordfive-window coupe, I couldn’t help but wonder if that paint job was a factory color. My usual internet paint source (autocolorlibrary.com) lists an Armory Green which looks a lot like today’s RealRide. For model year 1936, Ford also offered a three-window, three-passenger coupe. Their description of the five-window points out how the rear window lowers

RealRides of WNY #2398 - 1963 Pontiac

It was only the third year in for the nameplate, but already the 1963 Pontiac Tempest LeManswas growing in size. The Tempest lineup debuted for model year 1961 along with the Buick Special and Oldsmobile F-85, and as soon as they did they were dubbed senior compactsas they were bigger than the Ford Falcon, Chevy Corvair, and Chrysler Corporation’s Valiant, which were all true compacts. The t

RealRides of WNY #2396 (on the road) - 1971 Opel GT

Some of us are old enough to remember the1971 Opel GTbeing calleda miniature Corvette back in the day. And it’s still going on now, as seen below in a screen capture of a recent YouTubevideo. I, for one, never bought into it; but if you’ve got a few minutes, do a Googlesearch for Opel GT/Corvettecomparisonsand see what some others think. A handsome little car indeed it was (and still i

RealRides of WNY #2374 (on the road) - 1964 Rambler

The a/c decal on the rear window of this 1964 Rambler Classic 770has been there for almost 60 years now. And no, the a/c doesn’t work, at least not as this is written. American Motors would take a giant leap into the future just a few years later (1969) for making air-conditioning standard on its entire Ambassador lineup. The 770 was the top-line Classic for MY 1964; the Classic 770 Typhoon

RealRides of WNY #2372 (on the road) - 1958 Pontiac

Most of General Motors’ offerings for model year 1958 were one-and-done designs. (A big thank youto Chrysler Corporation and its 1957 Forward Lookcars.) This 1958 Pontiac Star Chief is a prime example. Pontiac called it “The boldest advance in fifty years…”The Star Chief sat one notch below the new Bonneville series, and was available in two- and four-door hardtop, four-do

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 #2367 - 1997 Saab

It’s not often, in my experiences, that you see a Swedish vehicle at a car show, so this 1997 Saab 900 SEreally stood out. This was from the second-generation of the 900 series of cars (1994-98; the first gen was from 1978-93). General Motors had acquired a 50 percent interest in Saab in 1989, and purchased the other half in 2000. Ergo, the 2nd-gen 900s were based on the GM platform which al

RealRides of WNY #2364 - 1966 Catalina

The 1966 Pontiac Catalinawas a somewhat minor restyle of the 1965 cars (when the entire Pontiac Motor Division had been named “Car of the Year” by Motor Trendmagazine). The Catalina was Pontiac’s entry-level full size nameplate, and its lineup consisted of: two- and four-door sedans and hardtops, this convertible, and six- and nine-passenger station wagons. Other nameplates were