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RealRides of WNY - 1989 Vanagon

This Flash Silver Metallic 1989 Volkswagen Vanagon GL Synchrolooks ready to go anywhere. The Synchro (like everyother Vanagon) waspowered by VW’s 2.1L engine connected to a four-speed manual transmission. Also included withthis rugged-looking packagewasan extra low gear, a locking differential, and automatically engaging 4-wheel-drive. If your off-roading was taking you far from home, a GL C

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Plymouth

This 1953 Plymouth Cranbrookmarked quite a departure from the 1949-52 models from Plymouth, yet it still didn’t quite have that joie de vivrelook of the competition from GM (and maybe to a lesser extent, Ford). Luckily for Mopar fans though, this exercise in tall stylingwould last only two model years until the “All-new ’55 Plymouth — the biggest car in Plymouth history&hel

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Mustang

This 1968 Ford Mustang GT/CSwas seen at last summer’s car show at St. Gabriel’s Church in Elma. The CS stood for California Special, and it was a limited edition model which included: “black-out grill; rectangular fog lamps; functional louvered hood with integral turn signals; Shelby-style rear end — a sassy spoiler, full edge striping; wide horizontal taillights; pop-open

RealRides of WNY - 1937 Olds

Back when this 1937 Oldsmobile Sixwas new, they were available in two series: the Six and the Eight. There were subtle styling differences between the two (grille texture, hood trim, taillights), but not surprisingly, the Eight was longer with a wheelbase seven inches more than that of the Six. See the two below for comparison sake. We saw today’s RealRidelast summer at a car show in Elmaat

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Ford

This 1951 Ford Customis from the car’s third and final year of its styling cycle. Confusingly (to me at least), the Custom was the top-line series while the Deluxe was the cheaper one. A feature of the ’51 Fords which I’m surprised didn’t catch on was the “Chanalited Instrument Cluster,” about which Ford told us “When head or parking lights are on, car spe

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Ninety-Eight

The brochure for the 1973 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eighttold you to “Drive it and draw your own conclusions,”pointing out that you could spend more on another luxury car “…and not get any more room.”You could have rented a walk-up in The Bronx and not gotten any more room, Lol. I was always fascinated by the fact that anyone would buy a car this large with only two doors. S

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Imperial

It’s no coincidence that the 1964 Imperial Crownreminded many onlookers of the Lincoln Continental which debuted to high praise for MY 1961. They were both designed by Elwood Engle who had left Ford for Chrysler in 1961 to replace Virgil Exner, the designer responsible for Chrysler’s Forward Look of 1957 as well as its disastrous (sales-wise) down-sized Plymouth and Dodge full-size car

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 - 1959 Catalina

Take a close look at the vent window on this 1959 Pontiac Catalinaand you’ll see what we did back in the old days when hardly anybody had a car with a/c. The ’59s were the first Pontiacs to be designed under the tutelage of Semon E. “Bunky” Knudsen, who was appointed General Manager of GM’s Pontiac Division in 1956. At the timehe was the youngest general manager in Ge

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Chrysler

Driving through Elmaone rainy afternoon earlier this summer I came across this 1953 Chrysler Windsorby the side of the road wearing a For Salesign. When this car left the factory, it most likely had Chrysler’s Spitfire engine under the hood, an inline six which delivered 119 horsepower. Pricier New Yorkers (and the Imperial) came with the FirePower engine, a 180-hp V8 with a Hemispherical Co