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RealRides of WNY - 1997 Buick Riviera

I think it’s safe to say that this supercharged 1997 Buick Rivierais from the Love It or Hate Itschool of car design. First introduced for model year 1963, the original Riv is thought of by many as one of the nicest car designs offered for sale. By anyone. After a series of redesigns and downsizings, Buick’s luxury coupe went on a one-year hiatus after the 1993 model year. It returned

RealRides of WNY - 1982 Cadillac Seville

The 1982 Cadillac Sevilleis often referred to as a bustleback, due to its rear-quarter styling. Cadillac, in its promotional material, preferred the term “distinctive new profile.” At any rate, the second-gen Seville (1980-85) was a far cry from the original squared-off sedan, which debuted for 1976 derived from GM’s compact lineup of cars. It was hoped that this new, smaller Cad

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Buick Riviera

By the time this 1991 Buick Rivierahad hit the showroom, it was already in the sixth season of its third downsizing (the first was in 1977, while the second took place for MY 1979 when the Riv went to FWD). This latest downsizing brought Buick’s personal luxury coupe into compact car territory, where the sales gods were not quick to smile down on this curious Buick. It wasn’t a bad-loo

RealRides of WNY- 1967 Cadillac Eldorado

I’m not sure if this 1987 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldoradois missing a few trim bits, or has been mildly customized — besides the lack of badges, the gas door also seems to be gone from its spot on the trunklid just above the license plate (see photo at right). Either way, it’s a pretty clean look. The ’67 Eldo came along a year after Oldsmobile’s ground-breaking Toronado,

RealRides of WNY - 1987 Olds Toronado

This 1987 Oldsmobile Toronadois a far cry from Olds’ original large front-wheel-drive car which debuted for model year 1966 amid much fanfare. The ‘66 was revolutionary in both its style and its drivetrain. By 1987 the Toro had undergone its second downsizing (the first was in 1979), and the once big, proud high-tech luxury liner was now now pretty much a compact. When these fourth-gen

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado

Ran into this nice 1968 Oldsmobile Toronadoover the weekend in Tonawanda (figuratively, not literally, lol). It’s really rare these days to see a first-gen Toronado out and about. This design was a mild restyle of the original ’66 model, which was the first modern-day mass-produced American front-wheel-drive car. It would get a total makeover for model year 1971 — longer, lower,

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Oldsmobile Toronado

You know, you can always see a bunch of neat old classics at cruise-ins and car shows, but it’s always great to see a beauty like this 1977 Oldsmobile Toronado out in the real world. This was the penultimate year for the b-i-g Toros before being downsized for 1979. America’s first modern-era front-drive car when introduced for 1966, this one was spotted last weekend in Tonawanda.Jim Co

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Buick LeSabre

This 1986 Buick LeSabre Limited, seen recently in Tonawanda, marked the first year for the full-sized Buicks to be driven by their front wheels. A more aerodynamic, lighter car than the previous model, the brochure assured us that even with this “trimmer, more purposeful automobile, …drivers will find that the new design preserves the qualities so prized by LeSabre owners.” Read