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RealRides of WNY - 1966 Olds

This 1966 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Holiday Sedanseems to be wearing a set of wheelcovers from a 1965 Olds Jetstar I, which at the time was billed as “…Oldsmobile’s lowest-priced, full-size sports model!”You can see one in the brochure illustration at the bottom of the page. Couldn’t find them on any of the 1966 models in that year’s brochure, so I’m guessi

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Pontiac

**Literally the day after I wrote today’s blog entry, I drove past this place again and can report the following: Thisisa 1972 model (I checked the reg. sticker this time); the fender skirts are now back on; and on the one side of the car there seem to be a couple of holes where the “Luxury” part of the emblem once resided above “LeMans.” New photos are at the bottom

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Bel Air

We found this 1954 Chevrolet Bel Airlast summer at a car show at the Crittenden Fire Hall in Alden. When the Bel Air debuted for model year 1950, it was Chevrolet’s version of General Motors’ new pillarless two-door hardtop body style. Starting in 1953 the Bel Air’s name was used for a series which also included two- and four-door sedans and a convertible. When the Impala showed

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Galaxie 500

This 1964 Ford Galaxie 500is a close cousin of yesterday’s RealRide— I’d even hazard a guess that those rear fender skirts are interchangeable between the two. Unlike the bucket-seated upscale 500/XL, the Galaxie 500 came with “Full-Width, 3-Passenger Seats Front and Rear,”or as it said in the French-Canadian brochure, “Larges banquettes à 3 places, avant

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