Results for: Convertible

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Cougar

The 1973 Mercury Cougaris somewhat of a rarity these days at car shows/cruise nights. Its cousin the Ford Mustang handily outsold it that year, 131,867 to60,618 which may in part explain why they’re so scarce. This would be the final production year for Mercury’s pony car. Model year 1974 saw Ford shrink the Mustang into the sub-compact Pinto-based Mustang II, while Mercury went in the

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Buick

Is it just my imagination or do we seem to see more continental kits on 1950s-era cars today than we did back in the 1950s? Just a thought. This 1956 Buick Specialsure looks spiffy though, sporting what’s probably an aftermarket kit in the back, along with one of the Flint carmaker'stwo-tone paint jobs. Buick also had some other great color combinations back in the day, as witnessed below in

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Impala

We came upon this 1972 Chevrolet Impalatwice last summer at the Summer Celebration Car Cruisein Brant: once in the parking lot before the show began, and later (with the top down) in with the other participants of the cruise. The Impala was of course available in a full range of body styles: four-door sedan and hardtop, two different two-door hardtops, and (sort of) as the Kingswood station wagon,

RealRides of WNY - 1989 560 SL

This 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SLshows that even some of the greatest automotive designers in the world didn’t cope very well with the onset of the CHMSL (Center High Mount Stop Lamp). Federally mandated for all passenger cars sold in the U.S. beginning with model year 1986, convertible models posed a problem for the “quick fix” — which in most instances meant adding that cent

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Sebring 5000/MX

Apparently New York State couldn'tbe any more specific than 1988 Classic Convertiblewhen they were registering this Sebring 5000/MX(inset), which is a kit car based on a 1962 Austin-Healy 3000. IMO it’s one of the nicest kit cars I’ve seen in these parts in a long time. Classic Roadsters Ltd.was a Fargo, North Dakota-based manufacturer which began making kit cars back in 1979; the comp

RealRides of WNY - 1987 Cavalier

What was the competition (Ford & Plymouth) up to when this 1987 Chevrolet Cavalier RSwas in showrooms? The Ford Escort was available in two- and four-door hatchback versions as well as a four-door station wagon; the EXP two-door coupe was also considered a part of the Escort lineup. Plymouth’s Horizon was available only as a four-door hatchback; the Turismo two-door hatch coupe was (sort

RealRides of WNY - 1993 Capri

We came across this 1993 Mercury Caprilast summer in a Springvilleparking lot. I always wondered why Ford chose to import this Australian convertible (where it was badged as a Ford Capri) and sell it in North America at Lincoln-Mercury dealerships instead of their Ford stores. Sold from 1990-94, it never really caught on like another small convertible, the Mazda Miata, did. Ford was hoping the Cap

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Falcon

Early advertising touts the fact that there were two versions of the 1963 Ford Falcon Futuraconvertible — the base Futura and the Futura Sports convertible, the latter of which came standard with front bucket seats and a center console like today’s feature ride. Partway through the model year the advertising reflected a new model: the Falcon Sprint, which was offered in two-door hardto

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Fury III

This just might be the bluest1969 Plymouth Fury IIII’ve ever come across. The question I have is, factory paint or not? Looking at the ’69 Plymouth color choices I see three different blues: Ice Blue, Blue Fire, and Jamaica Blue. If you’re going to force me to pick one, I’m going with the Jamaica Blue. See the complete color chart at the bottom of the page and decide for yo

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Catalina

The Art Fitzpatrick/Van Kaufman illustration in the brochure (bottom of page)looks just like today’s RealRide— a 1969 Pontiac Catalinaconvertible seen at the 2019 Apple Fest Car Showin Hilton. On that same page, we’re left scratching our head after reading the copy about the new Catalinas: “Every time we bring out a new Catalina, some of our competitors suggest we’re