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THE AVANTI BUG BITES AGAIN — 1963 Studebaker Avanti

THE AVANTI BUG BITES AGAIN— 1963 Studebaker Avantiby Jim Corbran While visiting Lockport’s Don Kaufman and his 1963 Studebaker Avanti, he showed me a quotation in an old piece of literature which read “Once the Avanti bug bites, it bites hard!”What it doesn’t mention is that sometimes it can be decades in between bites. Kaufman has had this one for about 10 years now

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Olds Vista-Cruiser

Day 3 of Oldsmobile week…Unfortunately, the lighting gods don’t always shine down on the RealRides staff (me) every time we run across a photo op. Such was the case when we happened across this 1977 Oldsmobile Vista-Cruiser late one evening in a Lockport parking lot. But here it is anyway, because you just don’t see these things on the road much anymore, even though almost 26,00

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Pontiac Catalina

This 1961 Pontiac Catalina was sent in by RealRides readers Doug and Judy Snow of Lockport. Under the hood is a Pontiac 455 V8 connected to a Turbo 400 transmission. Doug runs in the low 11’s in the ¼, and the low 7’s in the 1/8 in area nostalgia drag races (below). This photo was taken earlier this year in Leicester, which is east of Batavia. See a couple of photos of the car i

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Plymouth Fury III

This 1970 Plymouth Fury III brought back a lot of memories when I spotted it at the Niagara Car Show & Swap Meet in Lockport back in 2012. When I was a freshman at St. Francis HighSchool, our stereotypically nerdy science teacher drove a ’69 Sport Fury convertible which was this very color. That’s right, although I never learned much in any of his classes, I do remember his car. Pr

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Pontiac GTO

This 1967 Pontiac GTO, seen recently in the Town of Lockport, is from the second year of what ended up being a two-year styling cycle. GM’s intermediates proved to be very popular in the mid-1960s; the two-door hardtops were especially handsome with their extended roof sail panels which blended into the trunk area. Like the rims? We learned from the brochure, “The Rally II wheels cost

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Ford Gran Torino

Here, from the 2012 Niagara Car Show in Lockport, is a 1973 Ford Gran Torino Sportsroof. Not seen very often today, the two-door Sportsroof was one of eleven different Torino models offered for 1973, from a lowly six-cylinder formal-roofed Torino two-door hardtop, to the pricey, V8-powered Gran Torino Squire station wagon. In between were Gran Torinos like the one pictured, Gran Torino Sports, and

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Buick GS 455

When this 1972 Buick GS 455 was new, huge engines in mid-size cars (a.k.a. muscle cars) were all the craze. Lockport resident and RealRides reader Anthony Clayton has been the owner of this Silver Mist example (one of only 7,723 hardtops made and an original California car) for the past five years. Clayton brought it back up to spec by installing a set of the original factory rims, and those hood

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Chevy Sportvan

We’ve come across this 1967 Chevy Sportvan a few times over the years. The photo above is from the 2014 Canal Fest Car Show in Tonawanda, while the rear shot was taken in Lockport last year. Back in the day it seems like most of the ones we saw were work vans, without windows and seats; but the passenger versions were pretty handy for large families, with seating for eight and an extended wh

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Ford F-250

I love finding these old trucks which look like they could still be in service. This 1969 Ford F-250 Flareside might look like it’s wearing the pickup box from a 1950s truck, but this is really how they came from the factory. Either not a lot of thought went into styling the back end, or Ford really did have a bunch of leftover 1950s boxes which they continued to use years later. I found thi

RealRides of WNY - 1969 MGB

(Day 4 of ImportWeek)This 1969 MGB roadster was seen amid brief snow flurries last week in Lockport. I don’t imagine the owner is planning on using it as a winter driver, but one never knows, does one? The MGB was produced from 1962-1980. A closed-roof hatchback model, the MGB-GT, came along for model year 1966, and was also produced through 1980 (although U.S. exports ceased in 1974). New U