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RealRides of WNY - 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

We’re guessing here that this 1965 Chevy Impala SSis wearing a Mist Blue paint job — another one of those hues not seen on today’s new cars. Chevy offered 15 solid colors on its full-sized 1965 cars, along with nine two-tone combinations. Check out the chart below, and you’ll see three blues, two greens, and two turquoises, along with black, white, maroon, orchid (!), red,

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Olds Delta 88

While researching this 1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale, I looked high and low for info on the Limited Editionfender badge. Old Olds brochures, Google searches— even Wikipedia offered no help. Then I had an epiphany. A quick trip to one of the national auto parts web pages yielded the results you see below. Kind of reminds me of the Turbobadge I affixed to the tailgate of my ’95 Buick C

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Toyota Celica GT

Like every other 1988 Toyota Celica GTconvertible sold in the United States, this one started out life as a steel-topped coupe, and was shipped to ASC Inc., a California-based company which was founded in 1965 as American Sunroof Company, an outfit which basically cut holes in the roofs of cars and filled them with sunroofs. In the mid-1980s they took on the convertible market, at first supplying

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Buick LeSabre

Not often you run across a 1975 Buick LeSabre Customconvertible out on the road these days — it was the final year for the full-sized Buick drop-top, and only 5,300 of them were produced. Its starting MSRP of $5,133 translates to $23,305 in 2018 dollars. Buick seemed to know the end was in sight, as in their brochure, under the photo of a dark green convertible, they told us “There are

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Cadillac DeVille

Once proclaimed “The Standard of the World”(okay, it was self-proclaimed) it wasn’t unusual for those who had “made it” financially to wander into a Cadillac dealership at car-buying time. When this 1970 Cadillac DeVillewas new, the company, a division of General Motors, was headquartered in Detroit. (The brand was named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a French ex

RealRides of WNY - Chrysler LeBaron, c1984

It’s rather remarkable how many of these Chrysler LeBaronconvertibles, c1984, are still around. After the American convertible had been declared dead following the 1976 model year, Chrysler head Lee Iacocca took a chance to revive his ailing company by bringing out a pair of compact droptops — the LeBaron and its cousin Dodge 400. They promptly sold around 20,000 of them that first yea

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Buick LeSabre

When this 1966 Buick Custom LeSabre 400showed up in the RealRidesemailbox over the summer, it reminded the staff (me) of how much we miss green cars. No, not the electric/hybrid kind, but the ones with actualgreenfactory paint jobs. If we’re looking at the paint chip chart correctly, this one is Verde Green… or is it Shadow Turquoise? Darn you internet and your vague color representat

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Chevy Impala

It’s been well documented over the years that millions of cars like this 1967 Chevy Impalaleft the factory during the decade 1960-69; two- and four-door sedans and hardtops, two- and three-row station wagons, and of course, convertibles like the one here, seen over the summer in Tonawanda. What hasn’t been documented is how many remain in what seems like an unmolested condition like th

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Plymouth Barracuda

Here’s another example of why at car shows I also make the rounds of the attendees’ parking lot. This nifty-looking 1968 Plymouth Barracudawas spotted a few weeks ago on a Friday evening at Striker’s Lanesin West Senecaduring one of their weekly cruise-ins. This one’s unusual as it’s wearing a set of dog dish hub caps. A look at the ’68 Barracuda brochure points

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Buick Invicta

A pretty big car even in its day, this 1959 Buick Invicta was described in the brochure as having “…the spirit and action of a true sports car” while being “…as agile as light on (its) feet as a kitten.” I’m not sure about any of that, but they got the part right about being “big enough to carry your whole family (with room to spare).” In add