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RealRides of WNY #2367 - 1997 Saab

It’s not often, in my experiences, that you see a Swedish vehicle at a car show, so this 1997 Saab 900 SEreally stood out. This was from the second-generation of the 900 series of cars (1994-98; the first gen was from 1978-93). General Motors had acquired a 50 percent interest in Saab in 1989, and purchased the other half in 2000. Ergo, the 2nd-gen 900s were based on the GM platform which al

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Skylark

Seems like when this 1965 Buick Skylarkwas new, GM could do no wrong. Compacts, mid-sized, full-sized — didn’t seem to matter, they were all smartly styled and well-received by the public. The Skylark was the middle nameplate for Buick’s mid-sized lineup, consisting of a two-door Thin-pillar coupe(as they called it), four-door sedan, two-door hardtop, and convertible. Glass-roofe

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Cadillac

Came across a seldom-seen 1960 Cadillac Sixty-Twosix-window sedan a couple of summers ago inKenmore. I say seldom-seenreferring only to myself, as it seems that most Caddys I come across from this era are 1959 models. The Sixty-Two four-door hardtop was available in two variations: this six-window version, and the flat-top four-window. The flat-top body style was available in all five of General M

RealRides of WNY - 1983 Park Ave

You don’t see many GM cars from this era looking as good as this 1983 Buick Electra Park Avenue. This was the big Buick’s top-of-the-line (there were also Electra Limited & Estate versions), and it included such nicities as: 50/50 divided front seats (compared to the mere 55/45 seats of the Limited!), cruise control, tilt wheel, 6-way power seats, power door locks & deck releas

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Toronado

This 1977 Oldsmobile Toronadowas produced the year that General Motors downsized its full-sized lineup. But it would be a couple more years until they got around to the Toronado/Buick Riviera/Cadillac Eldorado E-body cars, so this white coupe was still a real garage filler. And that squared-off styling helped fill some of those owners’ garages corner-to-corner! The big Rocket 403cid, 4-bbl V

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - Lincoln Mark LT

Yes, the abovephoto is a lot of highway (and highway signs) and not much Lincoln Mark LT(c2007), but we had to take it anyway just for future reference that yes, people actually did buy and do drive these things. My guess is that this glorified (and not by much except for the MSRP) Ford F-150 came to be because FoMoCo needed something silly to counter GM’s Hummer H2. The LT (Luxury Truck?) w

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Opel Kadett

This 1969 Opel Kadett LShearkens back to a day when every automobile showroom in Americaseemed to needa compact to sell, regardless of who built it. Yes, the German Opel was manufactured by General Motors, but still… it was pretty much the polar opposite of every other car it shared space with in U.S. Buick showrooms. The Kadett, which Buick advertised as The Mini-Brute, was available in th

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Oldsmobile

This 1977 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regencyreally bucked a trend. For years, American car manufacturers annually touted their “longer, lower, wider” offerings. But for model year 1977, General Motors decided that it was time to stop the madness. Longer, lower and, wider full-sized cars were out; “…new size, new maneuverability and new fuel economy”were the new catch ph

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Corvair

Day 1 of Compacts Week…In the waning days of the Eisenhower administration, America’s Big Three manufacturers (GM, Ford, and Chrysler) all introduced compact-sized cars to combat the onslaught of foreign cars (which by the late 1950s had really caught on with the North American car-buying public), as well as that ofthe Rambler American & Studebaker Lark (a couple of compact home-g

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Acadian Beaumont

Day 3 of Discontinued Marques Week…Yes, at a glance this looks like aChevelle with a custom grille… in reality it’s a 1964 Acadian Beaumont Sport Deluxe. (Regular readers of this space by now know better than to call it a “Canadian Chevelle,” even though it kind ofis.) But truth be told, the Acadian was a separate brand, sold only in Canada at Pontiac-Buick dealers