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RealRides of WNY - 1991 Figaro

Before retro cars from Chrysler (PT Cruiser), Chevy (HHR), Volkswagen (New Beetle), Ford (2002 two-seater T-Bird), and the 2001 Mini & 2007 Fiat 500 came along, there was this 1991 Nissan Figaro— a small (reallysmall) convertible manufactured for one year and sold only in the home market of Japan. The Figaro’s design hearkens back to some other roll-top convertibles of the 1950s, l

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 - 1965 VW

When we came across this 1965 VWat last fall’s final Big Indian car cruise in Irving, we never guessed it belonged to Gowanda’s Steven Botsford. The last time we ran into him he had a ’63 Sedan DeVille, which is pretty much the polar opposite of the Beetle. (Check our back posts for some of his other interesting rides.) He told us this one had recently been purchased from a selle

RealRides of WNY - 1983 Mirada

This 1983 Dodge Miradaseems a little odd IMO, for two reasons. First of all, according to the window sticker we saw on the front seat, it came from the factory with Chrysler’s 225cid Slant Six under the hood — it just seems out of character here; that, and the fact that it doesn’t have some sort of a fancy top. A quick peek at the brochure shows more than one optional roof offeri

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Comet

Ironically, this 1964 Mercury Comet Calientewas parked right behind a first-generation Ford Mustang at a Sunday cruise-in at the Big Indian Smoke Shop this past October in Irving. I say ironically, as it was probably theMustang which put the kibosh on high-end sporty compacts like this Caliente, as well as Ford’s Falcon Sprint, Dodge’s Dart GT, and the Chevy Corvair Monza. After all, a

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Torino

If there’s a convertible with the top up at a car show/cruise night, you can be sure we’ll be taking photos. A case in point is this 1970 Ford Torino GTwe saw at one of the last cruise events of this past season at the Big Indian Smoke Shop in Irving. The Torino GT was available only as this convertible, and a semi-fastback two-door hardtop which Ford called a SportsRoof. The rest of t

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Monte Carlo

I remember reading a piece somewhere on the web where a guy was complaining about how manufacturers were too quick to slap rectangular headlamps onto cars when they were finally approved by the federal government. He thought they looked terrible on many vehicles which were originally designed for the round units. This 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlois one of those cars which wore two round lamps when t

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Olds

A lotta heads turned when this 1958 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88pulled into the lot at the final cruise-in of the season at the Big Indian Smoke Shop in Irvinglast month. Some were probably in awe, some were probably amused, while some who’d never seen one before might have been frightened. Lol… The Dynamic 88 was Olds’ price-leader model for 1958, but as you can see that didn’t

RealRides of WNY - 1967 VW

Volkswagen used to pride itself on the fact that from year-to-year their cars looked pretty much the same, even though they were being constantly improved upon. When this 1967 VW 1500hit the market, some of the changes were more apparent. A bigger engine, redesigned headlamps & taillights, up-and-down door-locking buttons, recessed inside door handles, a driver’s door arm rest was added,

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe

It’s great to see old cars like this 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe still on the road looking to be in pretty much original condition. Although there’s nothing wrong with a restored classic, there’s something special about a car which has been allowed to show its age. This one may have a few warts, but I imagine any of you reading this who were around in 1950 have a few warts yourselves,