Results for: FENDER SKIRTS

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Olds 88

Designers of the 1955 Oldsmobile 88seem to have been torn between offering full rear wheel cutouts or full fender skirts. So, they compromised, with squared-off openings partially covered with half-skirts. Removing the skirts, as seen in the hemmings.comphoto above, leaves the rear wheel openings with both an unfinished look, and a mismatch with the shape of the ones in the front. Not sure what th

RealRides of WNY - 1974 LeMans

We usually eschew taking photos through a chainlink fence, but every once in a while you come across something so seldom seen that you just have to do it anyway. Like this 1974 Pontiac Luxury LeMans, seen over the summer during a bicycle ride to Niagara Falls. This one’s missing the factory-installed rear fender skirts, is shod with aftermarket rims, and I doubt that those rear pipes were th

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Sport Fury

I’m one of those guys who goes to a lot of car shows/cruise nights every summer (well, maybe not so much thisyear). And while I’m there, as the myriad of Tri-Fives, T-Birds, and the like gather large, admiring crowds (not that there’s anything wrong with that), you can usually find me admiring something out of the ordinary, like this 1965 Plymouth Sport Fury. This one, with its w

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Corvair

We’re going to go out on a limb here and say it’s not often you see one of these wearing a pair of fender skirts. But, back when this 1961 Chevy Corvair 700was knew, lots of owners were thumbing through their J.C. Whitney catalogs and buying fender skirts, spinner wheel covers, and radio antenna raccoon tails for their daily rides. Today’s RealRide, seen at a Sunday cruise night

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Ford

This 1953 Ford Customline Fordoris wearing a couple of dealer-installed options: rear fender shields (a.k.a. fender skirts), and the more unusual Coronado Deckconversion — sort of a poor man’s continental kit. Both can be seen here in detail via scans from the ’53 Ford Accessoriesbrochure, seen up for sale recently on eBay. Today’s RealRideis culled from a slide taken at th

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Chevy Deluxe

This 1950 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxefour-door is sporting a few period extras from the day: whitewalls, wheel trim rings, rear fender skirts, and, my favorite, an “I Like Ike” sticker on the back bumper. I thought this was really remarkable… until I did a Googlesearch and found that these are available (complete with patina) online for just $6.29 plus tax & shipping. Then ag

RealRides of WNY - 1982 Dodge 400

Chrysler is often credited with starting the comeback of the American convertible with the introduction of its 1982 LeBaron. What seems to often get lost in the shuffle is the fact that there was a corporate twin to the LeBaron, the 1982 Dodge 400. In their advertising, Dodge called it “America’s Most Beautiful Driving Machine…”Hyperboles aside, the 400 droptop wasa handso

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Cadillac

The brochure called the 1959 Cadillac Sixty-Twoconvertible “The new standard of the world in supremecy!”It also told us that it had “…a new windshield of epic proportions,”from which a driver could “…survey the world about him over a remarkable, low, broad expanse of hood and fenders.”No mention here about what he (or, one might imagine, she) might

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Pontiac Grand Prix

By the time this 1965 Pontiac Grand Prixwent on sale, it was gravitating more towards the luxury side of the personal luxury coupe genre, the sporty end being covered well-enough by the mid-sized GTO. How could you tell? A glance at the standard equipment list, where one item in particular jumps out at you, should verify: fender skirts. There you go! Inside you could get something Pontiac called b

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Chevrolet

This 1949 Chevrolet DeLuxeis from the stable of WNY’s Joseph Galvin, whose dozen or so cars are all registered and insured so as to see regular street duty during our more agreeable weather months. This one looks like someone had a good time thumbing through (and making notations in) the Genuine Chevrolet Accessoriescatalog. From here we can see: chrome-plated trunk guard (which rises from t