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RealRides of WNY - 1968 Volkswagen

Came across this Savannah Beige 1968 Volkswagen yesterday during a light rain in North Tonawanda. Some might call it a “Cabrio” but VW, at least in 1968, still referred to their open-roofed Beetles as convertibles. (FYI, “cabrio” is short for “cabriolet” which, according to Google’s etymology,derives from the French “cabriole” — goat&rsqu

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Mustang

I’ll admit to not being a fan of most of the modern Mustangs. That being said, I’ll also admit that if I were old-car shopping, and someone waved this 1984 Ford Mustang LXin front of my face wearing a For Salesign, I’d be all over it! Depending on your source, the ’84 was either a member of the third or the sixth generation of the original pony car. Still rear-wheel-drive,

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Ambassador

Perhaps trying to shake the image that all of its cars were compacts, the brochure description of the 1967 AMC Ambassador DPLconvertible called it “A luxury convertible that lets you put four-on-the-floor and three-in-the-rear.”Standard engine on the DPL convertible (and optional on all other models) was AMC’s 290 cu.in. V-8, which the fender badge indicates is under the hood of

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Ford

This 1965 Ford Galaxie 500looks like it drove right out of the brochure onto the grounds of last Sunday’s weekly cruise night at Hoover’s Restaurantin Sanborn. Perhaps Ford’s copywriters weren’t quite schooled in political correctness when they penned this description of one of the features of its retractable roof: “Side-mounted top latches, easy enough for the most p

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Corvair

Brochure copywriters for the 1964 Chevy Corvair Monzahad some strange priorities. Here’s how they started the new Monza’s description: “Driving kicks are still standard on the ’64 Monza. For a moment, however, try forgetting about that rambunctious new engine and look inside the ’64 Monza. First, there’s a new horn ring.”A new horn ring?! Be still my beati

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Cadillac

When this 1976 Cadillac Eldoradowas new, the Cadillac folks, along with a lot of others, thought it was the last American convertible (see press release below).And it was… for a few years. Thoughts of the federal government regulating convertibles out of existence for safety purposes never came to be, and eventually the drop-top made its way back into American automobile production, beginni

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Buick LeSabre

Saw this 1971 Buick LeSabre Customa month or so ago in Tonawanda. This was the first year of a restyle which would last through model year 1976, the final year before GM’s big downsizing program took hold. Of course, federal regulations would drastically change to look of these big Buicks through its six-year run, but the basic body shape remained pretty constant. This one looks to be shod i

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1972 Oldsmobile

Looking through old brochures and ads gives one the impression that the 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supremeconvertible, like the one pictured here, wasn’t high on Olds’ sales priority list. It barely gets a mention in the full-line brochure, where the Lansing car manufacturer seemed more interested in pushing the cushy (and big-selling) formal hardtop model. This didn’t stop a presen

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Cadillac

The brochure called the 1959 Cadillac Sixty-Twoconvertible “The new standard of the world in supremecy!”It also told us that it had “…a new windshield of epic proportions,”from which a driver could “…survey the world about him over a remarkable, low, broad expanse of hood and fenders.”No mention here about what he (or, one might imagine, she) might

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1967 Oldsmobile

Sometimes bringing you the daily RealRideis a group effort. This clean-looking1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supremeis an excellent example. It came to us from old friend and former Hamburg, New York neighbor Rick Lapp, who now resides near Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He received the photo from his old high school buddy Steve Nicaise, who found the car in Louisiville, Kentucky, which henow calls home. So