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RealRides of WNY - 1965 Valiant

Day 5 of Compacts Week…This 1965 Plymouth Valiant Signetwas seen in 2017 in Niagara Falls, Ontarioat a Cruising on the Qweekly car show. The Valiant started out life for model year 1960 as a stand-alone nameplate. It was sold at Chrysler-Plymouth dealers in the U.S., where it would gain a Plymouth nameplate for 1961. In Canada however, the Valiant was marketed as the Valiant by Chryslerand

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Edsel Pacer

Day 7 of Discontinued Marques Week…This 1958 Edsel Pacerseems like a good place to end Discontinued Marques Week— it’s probably one of the most famous and shortlived nameplates to ever grace the American highways. Introduced for model year 1958 with four series built on two platforms (Ford and Mercury), just one year later the 1959 Edsel lineup was down to two series plus a wago

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

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Buick Electra 225

Day 3 of Buick Week…Looking at this 1969 Buick Electra 225 Customconvertible, it seems like the Flint manufacturer could have adopted the slogan “When Bigger Cars Are Built, Buick Will Build Them.”Although skirting the theme of its voluminousness, advertising copy writers did mention the Electra’s “…flowing profile… vibrant styling…"and "...new d

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Oldsmobile

The 1962 Oldsmobile Starfirewas not brought about, as some think, as a response to Pontiac’s Grand Prix — the Starfire convertible was introduced halfway through the 1961 model year as a sub-model of the Super 88. The Grand Prix didn’t debut until 1962, a year in which Olds made the Starfire a separate model and added a 2-door hardtop to the mix. The convertible would stay in pro

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Chrysler 300

As you can see from the vanity plate, this is clearly a 1969 Chrysler 300, which was seen a few years ago in Wheatfield. It also would appear that it was purchased at Niagara Chrysler-Plymouth, which used to be located at Pine Avenue (now Niagara Falls Boulevard) at 66thStreet in Niagara Falls. This was the first year for Chrysler’s fuselage styling, an idea which featured a wide beltline, a

RealRides of WNY - Chevrolet Sprint, c1990

Built from 1990-93, thisChevrolet Sprint CLconvertible was one of the smallest droptops available in North America at the time. This particular model was available in Canada, while in the U.S. we had the identical but differently badged Geo Metro. Both were based on Suzuki’s Forsa/Swift, as was the Pontiac Firefly — also a Canada-only model. With its light weight, small size, and thrif

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Ford Thunderbird

One advantage of having a modern phone with a built-in camera is shots like this — a 1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster which was passing by as I waited for a light a few summers ago in Niagara Falls. Technically a convertible with a removable molded fiberglass tonneau cover, which turned the four-seater into a very l-o-n-gtwo-seater, the Sports Roadster was nonetheless considered a separ

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Volkswagen

At a car show in North Tonawanda’sGratwick Park last summer during the Thunder on the Niagaraboat races, I made the silly mistake of asking the owner of this 1964 Volkswagenwhat year his car was. “Look at the license plate,” he told me. A6-T4.I was a little slow on the uptake that day, I guess. Model year 1964 found VW still pretty reluctant to make many outward appearance change

RealRides of WNY - Rolls-Royce Corniche, c1977

Besides having the necessary cash flow needed to be driving this Rolls-Royce Corniche, c1977, its owner also seems to have a sense of humor, judging from the vanity plate we see here on the back. It could be said that the Corniche was the two-door version of the Silver Shadow. It was available as both a Coupé, or in convertible form (often called a drophead coupe in RR-speak). The 1970s ver