Results for: FENDER SKIRTS

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Skylark

If I had to use one word to describe the styling of this 1968 Buick Skylark Custom, it might be swoopy. It’s really evident from the side view, as seen below in the brochure illustration of the four-door hardtop which, like today's RealRide, is wearing factory fender skirts. You didn’t see them on the lesser Special models, and IMO it broke up the continuity of the end-to-end side swoo

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Thunderbird

This 1964 Ford Thunderbirdis a perfect example of how a simple feature like a pair of fender skirts can drastically alter a car’s looks. Notice how much more formal the red cars look in a magazine ad illustration from back in the day (inset). The unskirted rear quarters of today’s RealRidegive the car a much more sporty appearance, IMO. What you can’t see in this photo is an exam

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Impala

One of the magazine ads screamed “NOTHING’S NEW LIKE CHEVY’S NEW!”Cadillac might have taken exception to that, but there’s no denying that the 1959 Chevrolet Impala, and its lesser siblings the Bel Air and Biscayne, really stood out in a crowded parking lot — especially from the rear view. Another ad called it “The car that leads your kind of life!”

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Ford

Growing up, my godparents had a similar 1955 Ford Customline Tudor, except theirs had a two-tone paint job (as many were back in the day) — Buckskin Brown and Snowshoe White, IIRC. Back in those days many owners were brand-loyal, and Uncle Chick (as we called him) was a dyed-in-the-wool Ford guy right up to the end. This striking Torch Red RealRidewas seen a few weeks ago in a Tonawandaparki

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Pontiac

A pair of fender skirts (along with their extended chrome trim along the bottom of the rear quarter panels) give this 1954 Pontiac Chieftain Specialthe look of a higher-end model. You can see what a Chieftain Special looked like without the skirts at the bottom of the page. It makes quite a difference! The next steps up in the lineup were the Chieftain DeLuxe, which had much more chrome side trim

RealRides of WNY - 1980 El Camino

Gotta love this 1980 Chevy El Camino. When (if ever) was the last time you saw a later-gen Elky wearing a pair of fender skirts? We first featured this truck/car back in 2014 on our Artvoiceblog (bottom of page), but liked it so much we figured it was worth another look, as our AV page reached a much smaller audience. Surprisingly to some (me) this one is equipped with a floor-mounted three-speed

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Ford

This 1958 Ford Custom 300Tudorwas spotted at the 2018 Quaker Days car show in Orchard Park. It’s one of the many classic hunks of iron owned by Gowanda’s Steven Botsford, a regular attendee of area cruise nights/car shows. This two-door features a few items out of Ford’s 1958 accessories brochure: deluxe rear deck antenna, fender shields (skirts), gunsight fender ornaments, and F

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