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RealRides of WNY - 1991 LeBaron

If you’ve been attending local cruise nights and car shows for the past few years, undoubtedly you’ve come across the 1991 Chrysler LeBaronbelonging to Sloan’s Johnathan Rogers. It might be said that Johnathan has a bit of a thingfor Marilyn Monroe… but we’re just guessing, Lol… It’s most likely the only LeBaron in WNY (anywhere?) with Lambo doors. The M

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1959 Buick

The brochure writers told us that “All eyes turn when the low-slung 1959 Buick Electra 225convertible sweeps by.”And I’m sure this is just what happened when RealRidespal Rick Lapp’s neighbor Bobby stopped by his Muncy, Pennsylvaniayard with this unrestored beauty. This was the firstyear for the model known by many these days as the Deuce-and-a-Quarter— as a matter of

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Skylark

If I had to use one word to describe the styling of this 1968 Buick Skylark Custom, it might be swoopy. It’s really evident from the side view, as seen below in the brochure illustration of the four-door hardtop which, like today's RealRide, is wearing factory fender skirts. You didn’t see them on the lesser Special models, and IMO it broke up the continuity of the end-to-end side swoo

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Mustang

When the original owners of this 1973 Ford Mustangbought it, I wonder if they were aware there wouldn’t be another Mustang factory convertible produced for another ten years or so? In ’74 we all remember how Ford’s pony car downsized into the Pinto-based Mustang II. When that went away for MY 1979, the only body styles offered were the two-door coupe and a three-door hatchback. T

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Eldorado

A magazine ad for the 1972 Cadillac Eldoradoconvertible told us it had “the lines, the dash, the spirit”to be the “thoroughbred of cars.”It also reminded us that it was the only luxury convertible built in America. This was an age when the drop-tops were being phased out due to fears that the government would ban them due to safety issues. There’d still be four more y

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Bonneville

In the U.S. we had this 1964 Pontiac Bonneville, while north of the border Pontiac dealers sold a similar model called Parisienne (bottom of page). The major differences were mostly out of view to the casual observer, mainly a narrower frame and the engine/transmission which in Canada were borrowed from the Chevrolet. Today’s RealRidewas spotted last fall at, appropriately, a Sunday cruise-i

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Cadillac

Back when this 1969 Cadillac DeVillewas new, the public was pretty much used to two-year (sometimes three-year) styling cycles. The ‘69s were all-new, with “…a new grille, longer hood and contemporary rear deck”among the changes — “…every line and contour has been redesigned for a longer, sleeker look.”The following year was just a refresh, with a

RealRides of WNY - 1999 SL 500

Here’s something you don’t often see on the used car lot of a Chevrolet dealer — a 1999 Mercedes-Benz SL 500, spotted a few years ago at Ki-Po Chevrolet in Ransomville. While we were there we should have stopped in to see if our hopes were indeed fact: that it was traded in on a new Chevy Spark, Lol. If you’re curious, below is a brochure illustration of an SL 500 with the

RealRides of WNY - 1968 GTO

Everyone’s tastes are different, which might explain why the owner of this 1968 Pontiac GTOdidn’t take the advice of the brochure writers and add the optional Rally I steel wheels to today’s RealRide. The copywriters told us, in a caption of a photo of a Rally I adorned with redline tires, “Whitewalls are standard. The Rally I steel wheels would make a shrewd investment.&rd

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Wildcat

By the time this 1965 Buick Wildcatconvertible hit the showrooms, the nameplate was also available in a four-door sedan or hardtop, as well as the two-door hardtop as which it debuted half-way through MY 1962 (perhaps as a response to Pontiac’s popular new Grand Prix). In the ’65 brochure, Buick touted the Wildcat’s “…performance, ride, handling and all-around luxury