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RealRides of WNY #2359 - 1956 Olds

Another beauty from this year’s Olcott Beach Car Showis this 1956 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Sedan. Some (me) say that style-wise, 1956 was the best year for GM’s four-door hardtops, a body style introduced the year before in the Olds and Buick lineups, and in 1956 in the Chevrolet, Pontiac, and (surprised that it wasn’t the first) Cadillac brands. As far as the Olds lineups go, I&rsq

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Bel Air

No, it’s not unusual to see a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Airat a local cruise night. But IMO it’s rare to see a Bel Air Sport Sedan (not to mention one which still looks showroom stock), the hot new four-door hardtop body style which was introduced in the Chevy lineup for MY 1956. Most manufacturers had a specific name for their version of the Sport Sedan: Pontiac (Catalina), Olds (Holiday), B

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Cadillac

Found just about a year ago parked in Youngstownis this 1964 Cadillac Sedan de Ville. It’s one of two four-door hardtops offered that year in the de Ville series — this four-window and another in six-window guise. When I was a kid I never understood these terms, looking at the four-window hardtop and counting eight panes of glass (windshield, rear window, and two each of the vent windo

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Wildcat

Well, that didn’t take long! In the spring of 1962 Buick introduced a two-door hardtop which they called a “…torrid new luxury sports car!”(bottom of page)Just a few months later this 1963 Buick Wildcatfour-door hardtop was part of a new lineup which also consisted of a convertible as well as that original two-door hardtop. One of the big selling points of the original &rs

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Ninety-Eight

The story behind the photo of this 1969 Oldsmobile Ninety-EightHoliday Sedangoes like this: a few weeks ago I was in Buffalo’s Old First Wardwaiting for my ride to the Key Bank Center for the first round of this year’s NCAA March Madness basketball games. Looking up the street I saw the big sedan pictured above approaching and got my phone out, while at the same time a guy on a bicycle

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Corvair

We came across this 1966 Chevrolet Corvair 500 Sport Sedanlast summer while bicycling through the West Side of Buffalo. Sport Sedanwas of course Chevy-speak for "four-door hardtop," and it was the only brand selling one in the American compact car class. The 1966 500 Sport Sedan is a pretty rare find these days, with just 8,779 of them leaving the factory; over 37,000 of the fancier Monza model we

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Cadillac

As if this 1958 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Specialwasn’t already long enough, the brochure illustration (below)seems to be an exaggeration of the car’s size (or is it?), which is what many automotive advertising artists seemed to do back in the day. Cadillac told us that the “…long-wheelbase sedan bears many distinguishing design features to emphasize its exclusive character

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Monterey

Day 2 as we travel back to 1956 for a week…From one of those brands rarely seen (IMO) at car shows & cruise nights (unless it’s a Cougar) we have this 1956 Mercury Monterey Phaeton, seen at last summer’s Fiddle Fest Car ShowinSpringville. My online dictionary tells us a phaeton is a “light, open four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage.”Close enough. Automobile-wise, a

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 - 1974 Fury Gran Sedan

By the time this 1974 Plymouth Fury Gran Sedanhit the showrooms, badge-engineering had gotten to the point where it was hard to tell from a block away if you were looking at a Plymouth or a Dodge (see below). The Fury Gran Sedan/Coupe sat atop the full-size Plymouth lineup for 1974, above the Fury I, II, and III, which were still around but wouldn’t be for long. Model year 1975 would see the