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RealRides of WNY - 1974 88 Royale

Day 4 of a week looking at the cars of Lansing…This 1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royaleconvertible marked the penultimate year for the full-size Olds droptop. The 88 Royale was a notch above the Delta 88 in the Olds lineup, and was also available as a two- or four-door hardtop as well as a four-door pillared sedan. Olds sold only 3,716 of the convertible for MY 1974, but built over 21,000 the f

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Ninety-Eight

Day 1 of a week looking at the cars of Lansing…That’s Lansing, Michigan of course, which for years was home to the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors. This 1965 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eightstood at the top of the Olds heap that year — as it had since being introduced as a model back in 1946 called Custom Cruiser 98. For model year 1948 the name changed to Futuramic 98, and finally

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Eldorado

Day 5 as we travel back to 1956 for a week…This 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritzis another one of those top-level General Motors models which had a distinctive rear end treatment from the rest of its respective lineup. As you can see below in the brochure illustration of the Series 62 convertible, the Eldorado’s fins were much higher and more pointed — “…high-sweepin

RealRides of WNY - 1980 Fiat

An ad from back in the day called the 1980 Fiat Spider 2000“Design in the European tradition.”Penned by the Italian car design firm Pininfarina and introduced for model year 1966 as the 124 Sport Spider, this two-door convertible was in production until 1985. The 124 Spidermoniker was revived for model year 2016 and tacked onto a slightly altered version of the Mazda Miata MX-5. That u

RealRides of WNY - 1997 Celica

The brochure told us that the 1997 Toyota Celicaconvertible was “…everything you want from a convertible. And everything you expect from a Toyota.”It was small and sporty, to be sure, but IMO its styling wasn’t very inspirational. Those first Celicas back in the early 1970s were quite a departure from what the American car-buying public was used to seeing from any imported

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Impala SS

We saw this 1965 Chevrolet Impala SSover the summer in a Bataviadriveway. The Impala set all kinds of sales records in 1965 — Chevy sold more than twice as many Impalas (around 803,400) than American Motors sold cars! And that’s not even including the Impala Super Sport (SS) or the Bel Air and Biscayne models. I can’t imagine one car model ever having sales numbers like that agai

RealRides of WNY - 1971 VW

I like the color combination of this 1971 Volkswagen. The brochure tells us that this Sapphire Blue convertible was available only with a Silver Grey top (and an Alabaster leatherette interior). I thought the top looked tan when I saw it last summer on the West Side of Buffalo, but… what do I know? Most other convertible colors (see them below)were offered only with a black top and interior

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Pontiac

One of the first things Bunkie Knudsen did when he took over the Pontiac Division of General Motors back in 1956 was to remove the signature Silver Streaks from the cars' hoods and trunk lids — a styling cue which had started with the hood back in 1935 and then was also added to the trunk two years later. (Today’s trivia fact: Knudsen was born in Buffalo back in 1912 when his father wa

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Skylark

Today’s RealRide, a 1969 Buick Skylark Custom, is 65 years younger than yesterday’s RealRide, another Buick, but it doesn’t look like it’s led the same pampered life. Back in 1969 the Skylark Custom was also available as a two-door hardtop, as well as two four-door models: a sedan and a hardtop. All came standard with a 350cid 2-bbl V8 which produced 230 hp. A lesser-equipp

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1959 Chrysler

Former WNYer and current RealRidesreader Les Trent sent in the photos of this 1959 Chrysler 300-Ewhich he recently came across in Westfield, New Jersey. Also available as a two-door hardtop, the 300-E was “…the fifth edition of an international classic,”Chrysler’s famed letter series which began with the 1955 model 300. Les’ find is pretty rare, as only 140 1959 300-