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RealRides of WNY - 1965 Chevelle

Either this 1965 Chevy Chevelle Malibuis a work in progress, or someone’s made off with all of its chrome trim. It can still be identified as a Malibu by the placement of holes for the clips of the missing trim pieces — oh, and the ghost of a Malibu nameplate on the rear fender (bottom photo).The Malibu was still the Chevelle’s top trim line for MY 1965, with the Malibu Super Spo

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Buick

Came upon this nice 1951 Buick Super Rivieraa few weeks ago at a car show at St. Gabriel’s Church in Elma. Confusingly, the Super shared the shorter, 121.5-inch wheelbase of the less expensive Special, but somehow shared a body with the larger Roadmaster, which rode on a wheelbase of 126.25 inches. To further confuse things, Buick normally used the term Rivierato denote its two-door pillarle

RealRides of WNY - 1973 LeMans

The cover of the brochure called it “Pontiac’s sporty new mid-sized car.”But it was a bit of a stretch a few pages later, when this 1973 Pontiac LeMans Sportwas described as a “2-door Colannade Hardtop.” Yes, it did have two doors, the top was hard, and it featured GM’s new Colannade styling, but in the automotive world of the 20thcentury, a 2-door hardtop was t

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Dodge D 100

You’ve gotta love the view from the driver’s seat of this 1964 Dodge D 100 Utilinepickup — no muss, no fuss (no nothing, almost!). This example doesn’t even have the optional radio to clutter things up. I see a wiper knob and lights knob to the left of the simple, two-spoke steering wheel, and an ignition switch and what look like two fresh-air vent knobs to the right. Heat

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Impala

Could this 1960 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedanbe the very car Chevy used in some of its advertising? We’ll never know, but other than the 15-inch wheels and tires the current owner has added, today’s RealRideis a dead ringer for the car on the brochure covers (see bottom of page).The Sport Sedan featured GM’s flat top roof for the second and final year, and was a car which the Dutc

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Chevy

It’s not too hard to find a 1957 Chevy Two-Tenat a local cruise night, but it is unusual to find one in this condition. As you can tell from the absence of any goldveeson the trunk lid and hood (as in the brochure illustration inset), this two-door has Chevy’s Blue-Flame inline six under the hood — an engine which Chevy proclaimed in the brochure as the “World’s stand

RealRides of WNY - 1939 Dodge

“Imagine enjoying a radio in your car that equals that afforded by modern home radios!”Thus begins the brochure’s spiel for the Dodge-Philco radio which was available at extra cost in this 1939 Dodge Luxury Liner Deluxe. Six pre-set stations available via pushbuttons meant you could “…tune in your favorite station without taking your eyes off the road — an adde

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Mayfair

This 1953 Dodge Mayfairis another one of those cars that, growing up in a border town we were used to seeing. People from the heartlands though, might have been a bit confused encountering one of these things—basically a Plymouth with a Dodge front clip which was sold in Canada. This Mayfair hardtop was based on Plymouth’s Belvedere; in the U.S. the larger Dodge hardtop was in the Coro

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Impala SS

When we came across this 1964 Chevy Impala SSat a cruise night in Olcott, we remarked to another car owner that “It certainly is yellow!” Chevy didoffer a yellow for MY 1964, but I don’t believe it was this one (see the Goldwood Yellow brochure illustration at the bottom of the page). But still, it sure stands out in a crowd! This one’s also wearing a set of wheelcovers fro

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Cougar

Automotive styling took quite a hit when the hastily designed five-mph bumpers came about. The 1974 Mercury Cougar XR-7was one of the victims. From a block away you can tell that the bumpers (battering rams?) were no more than an afterthought. Luckily, all manufacturers were in the same boat, and it would take a few years before they could actually design the bumpers along with the rest of the car