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RealRides of WNY - 1968 Torino GT

Saw this 1968 Ford Torino GTfastback last summer on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontarioat one of the weekly Cruising on the Qcruise nights. Considering that Ford produced over 172,000 1968 Torinos (and over 200,000 of the similar Fairlanes) it’s surprising that you don’t see many these days — even at car shows and cruise nights. What was even more surprising (to me anyway) was

RealRides of WNY - Alfetta GTV

The Alfa-Romeo Alfetta GTVwas in production from 1976 to 1982. This one was seen over the summer in Niagara Falls, Ontarioon Queen Street at a weekly Cruising On the Qcruise night. We never got a chance to speak to the owner to find out what year this car was, as he (or somebody with a key!) was just pulling away as we approached the car. Alfettas were also offered as a four-door sedan. The GTV wa

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Vanagon

In typical Volkswagen cheek, the 1988 VW Vanagon/Camper GLwas advertised as “A large living room on wheels.”And it had “Plenty of space, but hardly any room for improvement.”This example, seen over the summer at a weekly Cruising on the Qcruise night on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario, could likely be one of the cleanest still in existence in North America. “A

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Monte Carlo

This 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlois looking very-period correct in its Gulf Green paint job, vinyl top, and whitewall tires. This was the third year for Chevy’s personal luxury coupe, and the final year for its first-generation styling. The Canadian version of that year’s brochure took pride in telling us what the Monte didn’tcome with: “Sorry, no power ash trays.” &ldq

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Firebird

The 1967 Pontiac Firebird H.O.used the same basic body shell as Chevy’s also-new-for-1967 Camaro. Visually, the biggest differences were the very Pontiac-ish nose, and the taillight panel. But Pontiac had some other aces up its sleeve to differentiate the two. Or rather, some aces under the hood. One model was named Firebird 326, which used (surprise) their 326cid V8 — which was basica

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Laforza

No that headline isn’t a typo. There really is such a thing as a 1989 Laforza— we had the RealRidesAMC Spirit parked right next to it last Tuesday on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontarioat a weekly Cruising on the Qcruise night. The Laforza is an SUV which was manufactured in Italy (Laforza is Italian for “the force”) by Rayston-Fissore. The relative few that were exporte

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Mustang

The 1969 Ford Mustang SportsRoofwas still a pretty manageable size — bigger than the original models, but nothing like what was to come in a couple more years. Saw this very unmolested example a couple of nights ago at a weekly Cruising on the Qcruise night on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Standard engine was still a straight six — pretty much the same 200cid unit that had be

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Biscayne

A quick glance at this bottom-of-the-heap 1961 Chevrolet Biscaynetwo-door sedan might evince the comment “Nice to see that one of these original, low-budget cars survived intact.” Then, you look closer and see just a bit of a header poking out beneath the door. Not likely that this was Joe Salesman’s company car back in the day — at least not as it sits today. Standard engi

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Cadillac

A couple of days ago on this page we mentioned how General Motors cars of 1958 were a bit, ahem, heavy-looking and chrome-laden. This 1958 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Specialpretty well puts that in perspective. Cadillac called it “…a culmination of the refined techniques and styling genius of Fleetwood craftsmen.”Well, that doessound better than heavy-looking and chrome-laden. I h

RealRides of WNY - Ford Coupe, c1948

Saw this Ford Coupe, c1948, a couple of weeks ago at a Cruising on the Qcar show on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. There wasn’t much of a difference between the ’47 and the ’48 Fords — designers & engineers were busy gearing up for the all-new 1949 models. Ads for the ‘48s claimed that “… Ford’s the only car with your choice of V-8 or S