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RealRides of WNY - 1978 Nova

The brochure called the 1978 Chevrolet Nova“Solid. Sensible, and sized for today.”Discounting the two incomplete sentences here, the description was pretty spot on. Available as this coupe, as well as a four-door sedan and a three-door hatchback, the compact Nova was about the size of a standard 1955 Chevy. How things changed over the years! The brochure pages for the ritzy Nova Custom

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Chevy II

This 1967 Chevrolet Chevy II Novais from the marque’s final year of a short-lived second-generation of cars (1966-67). Model year 1968 would debut a totally new Chevy II — one available only as a two- or four-door sedan. Model year 1967 still included thetwo-door hardtop andfour-door station wagon body styles(the convertible disappeared after only two years — 1962-63). This one a

RealRides of WNY - 1966 VW

Because it was difficult to tell cars of one model year from the next, when this 1966 Volkswagen 1300hit the showrooms, VW printed a brochure called “What Year Is It?” which enumerated the cars changes from year to year. The changes for 1966 were listed as: Increased horsepower (from 40 to 50) and displacement (from 1200 to 1300cc) Ventilating wheel slots; flat hub caps Emergency blin

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Biscayne

A quick check showed that no, satin black wasn’t one of the factory colors available for this 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne, Lol. Chevy said the Biscayne was “…thriftiest to buy of all full-sized Chevrolets!”The Biscayne wagon was available only in a two-seat, six-passenger version while the pricier Bel Air and Impala models could be had with a third-row. With the inline six, th

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Pontiac

Although my copy of TheEncyclopedia of American Carslumps the sales figures of the 1965 Pontiac 2+2convertible with those of the Catalina, Pontiac’s brochure would seem to indicate that it was a separate model. A “…whacking great 421-cubic-inch 4-bbl engine of 338 hp”was the “moving force”of the 2+2 according to said brochure. And of course, the beautiful illus

RealRides of WNY - Dodge Daytona

The Dodge Daytona Turbo Zwas produced from 1984-86. Turbo Z equipment included a close-ratio 5-speed, nitrogen-filled shocks, “ground effects all around including front air dam and rear spoiler,”and something Dodge described as “massive 15-inch cast aluminum wheels fitted with Goodyear Eagle GT performance tires.”I wonder what those copy writers would say if they saw some o

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Trooper

The thing about cruise nights and car shows is that you just never know what might show up. We’ve seen this 1988 Isuzu Troopera few times the past couple of seasons — these photos were taken at a Big Indian cruise night in Irvingjust a little over a year ago. Isuzu had some pretty clever tag lines to advertise their large, four-wheel-drive SUV over the years. Check out a few of them be

RealRides of WNY - 1980 Monza

It’s time for another edition of “I Haven’t Seen One of Those In Ages!”Yesterday on this page we featured a Corvair Monza. Today’s RealRideis a reincarnation — at least of the name: a 1980 Chevrolet Monza 2 + 2 Sport Hatchback, seen a few weeks ago at a weekly cruise night at The Big Indian Smoke Shop in Irving. Confusingly, the hatchback came in two distinct mo

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Bonneville

In the U.S. we had this 1964 Pontiac Bonneville, while north of the border Pontiac dealers sold a similar model called Parisienne (bottom of page). The major differences were mostly out of view to the casual observer, mainly a narrower frame and the engine/transmission which in Canada were borrowed from the Chevrolet. Today’s RealRidewas spotted last fall at, appropriately, a Sunday cruise-i

RealRides of WNY - 1965 VW

When we came across this 1965 VWat last fall’s final Big Indian car cruise in Irving, we never guessed it belonged to Gowanda’s Steven Botsford. The last time we ran into him he had a ’63 Sedan DeVille, which is pretty much the polar opposite of the Beetle. (Check our back posts for some of his other interesting rides.) He told us this one had recently been purchased from a selle