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RealRides of WNY - 1985 Eldorado

Coming across this 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritzeight years ago at the WNY Cadillac & LaSalle owners club show at Keyser Cadillac in Williamsvillereminded me of the 14,000 people who bought a new 1976 Eldorado droptop thinking it would be the last American-made convertible… ever (bottom photo).Especially those who shelled out extra for one of 2,000 all-white versions which, according

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Ford

This 1951 Ford Customis from the car’s third and final year of its styling cycle. Confusingly (to me at least), the Custom was the top-line series while the Deluxe was the cheaper one. A feature of the ’51 Fords which I’m surprised didn’t catch on was the “Chanalited Instrument Cluster,” about which Ford told us “When head or parking lights are on, car spe

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Ford

This 1958 Ford Custom 300Tudorwas spotted at the 2018 Quaker Days car show in Orchard Park. It’s one of the many classic hunks of iron owned by Gowanda’s Steven Botsford, a regular attendee of area cruise nights/car shows. This two-door features a few items out of Ford’s 1958 accessories brochure: deluxe rear deck antenna, fender shields (skirts), gunsight fender ornaments, and F

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - Dyane 6

You’re probably all familiar with the brand, perhaps for no other reason than seeing 1950s DS sedans in old French movies. But how many of you have actually seen a Citroën Dyane 6in person? Or even knew that such a thing existed? Built from 1967 to 1983, the Dyane was based on another quirky, iconic Citroën, the 2CV. The “6” in the name of today’s RealRiderefers t

RealRides of WNY - 1984 Regal

The subtle two-tone of this 1984 Buick Regal Limited(which from here appears to be the rather unimaginatively named Light Brown and Brown) is a far cry from some of the colors offered back in the 1950s — like the Condor Yellow Roadmaster convertible pictured in the inset… with a red interior! The 1955 models also offered Tri-Tones, easily made possible by the car’s chrome sweep

RealRides of WNY - 1982 T-Bird

Looking again at these 1982 Ford Thunderbirdphotos had me re-reading an article about Thunderbird nicknames on hemmings.comwhich appeared over the summer. The writer told us the cars from this era (1980-82) are known as Box Birds. Can’t say that I’ve heard that before. I amhowever familiar with the Square Birdterm affectionately bestowed upon the 1958-60 models (below), and I think it&

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Torino

From the rear there’s not a big difference between this 1973 Ford Gran Torino Sportand the 1972 model we featured here last month. But take a walk up to the front, and there’s that big ol’ Ford front bumper inviting you for a sit-down. Things would only get worse a year later when the back end got the same treatment. For MY 1973 the Torino lineup had two different front ends: the

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Pontiac

You’ve gotta admit, it’s not often that you come across a 1953 Pontiac Chieftainanymore. We saw this one over the summer at a car show in Wellsvillesponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians (front view is of an identical car found on the internet). Not surprisingly given its era, it sports a nifty Laurel Green over Milano Ivory two-tone paint job. Some ’53 Pontiacs sold across

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Alfa Romeo

It’s not often you see a car wearing a factory badge which was inspired by a Hollywood movie, but that is just what we see here in this 1985 Alfa Romeo Graduate. If you remember, Dustin Hoffman’s character drove an earlier version of this car, a 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 Duetto (bottom of page), in the iconic 1967 movie The Graduate. Alfa sold the Graduate version of its Series 3 Spi

RealRides of WNY - 1962 VW

Often times running across these things at car shows/cruise nights, I (and I imagine many others) find myself asking the owner “What year is it?” (the car, not the actual year, Lol) The vanity plates on this 1962 Volkswagensedan suggest that maybe its owner got tired of answering the same question over and over. Improvements and changes to the VW Sedan (a.k.a Beetle/Bug) were usually n