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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-

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Catalina

When the end of the decade rolled around, designers of corporate cousins Chevrolet, Buick, and Cadillac decided to go all-in on befinned rear ends. Oldsmobile kind ofwent along, its fins being much more rounder with the taillights sitting on top. This 1959 Pontiac Catalinashows the route taken by Pontiac stylists. Twin vee-shaped fins hold the back-up lamps on all models, including the Safari stat

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Pontiac

Although my copy of TheEncyclopedia of American Carslumps the sales figures of the 1965 Pontiac 2+2convertible with those of the Catalina, Pontiac’s brochure would seem to indicate that it was a separate model. A “…whacking great 421-cubic-inch 4-bbl engine of 338 hp”was the “moving force”of the 2+2 according to said brochure. And of course, the beautiful illus

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Mustang

Buyers of the 1988 Ford Mustang LXconvertible were treated to something not available on the hardtop or the fastback models — roll-down rear quarter windows! Cars like this one, with the optional 5.0L V8, also came with the cast aluminum wheels seen on today’s RealRide, as well as a “decklid luggage rack with integrated high-mount stop lamp.”That center brake lamp was still