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RealRides of WNY - 1960 Mercury Monterey

Day 4 of Discontinued Marques Week…This 1960 Mercury Monterey is another one of those quirky cars from the 1960s — a full-size two-door pillared sedan (probably) bought mostly by cost-conscious families and businesses looking for a company car a rung-up from the usual Ford/Chevy/Plymouth. The front and rear windscreens on the ’60 Mercs bear a closer look. The front windshield cu

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Buick Riviera

This 1973 Buick Rivierarepresents the car’s last year for the boat-tail rear-end styling; for 1974 the Riv would revert back to the three-box shape of other personal luxury coupes. The boat-tail look debuted for 1971, and was compared by some to Chevrolet’s 1963 Corvette Stingray. It was the basis for Buick’s 1972 Silver Arrow III concept car (below), first shown at the 1972 Detr

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

When this 1977 Cadillac Sedan DeVillehit the showrooms, it was the first of the luxury carmaker’s downsized models. All of GM’s full-sized cars were made smaller for model year 1977, a fact used in advertising both by them (“…engineered for a changing world. Lively. Responsive. Efficient.”), and by the competition (“This is your year and now that you’re r

RealRides of WNY - 1966 MGB

We learned a few things while researching this 1966 MGB, seen a couple of summers ago in Kenmore: the hard top seen here, which we’d assumed was some sort of aftermarket buy, was actually a factory option (see brochure page illustration at right);the wire wheels, which seem to be on just about every old MG still in existence, were also optional; and even in 1966, the MGB had twin 6-volt batt

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Cadillac DeVille

Once proclaimed “The Standard of the World”(okay, it was self-proclaimed) it wasn’t unusual for those who had “made it” financially to wander into a Cadillac dealership at car-buying time. When this 1970 Cadillac DeVillewas new, the company, a division of General Motors, was headquartered in Detroit. (The brand was named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a French ex

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix

Regular readers of this space might remember this 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix from a few years back — we passed it poking out of its driveway one day while driving through Kenmore. Well, last week we passed by again on our bicycle and found it on the front lawn, givingus an opportunity to show off the rear end which helped so much to differentiate it from other full-sized Pontiacs that year. Yes

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Buick Centurion

We could probably put this1973 Buick Centurioninto the Forgotten Model Namesfile. Available only during model years 1971-73, it took the place of the Wildcat as the “sporty” full-sized Buick, nested price-wise between the LeSabre and Electra 225. For MY 1974 the Centurion name was dropped, and a LeSabre Luxus model filled the price gap (but, only for one year); to further confuse thing

RealRides of WNY - 1948 Playboy

You see them at car shows, but it’s not often that you come across a 1948 Playboywhile out for a leisurely bicycle ride. But that’s just how we came across this rare, built-in-Buffalo car a few weeks ago in Kenmore. The Playboy Motor Car Corporation built only 97 of these little retractable hardtop convertibles before financial woes overtook the company, whose facilities were located d

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Chevy Caprice

The absence of any chrome molding around the rear wheel well tells me that this 1967 Chevy Caprice Custom Coupeprobably left the factory sporting a set of fender skirts. Which would look just fine with whitewalls and the standard wheel covers, but they’d seem a bit odd with the Chevy Rally Wheels (which I don’t believe were available until the 1968 models) seen on this example. For mod

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Studebaker Commander

In my opinion (or, IMO, as the kids say) this is the best angle from which to view this 1952 Studebaker CommanderStarlite Coupe. That beautiful wrap-around rear window, which had some pundits back in the day wondering if the car was coming or going, was touted by Studebakerin their brochure thusly: Visibility is unlimited in this five-passenger “glass-all-around” sports coupe.And, as y