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RealRides of WNY - 1960 Falcon

What more can be said of the 1960 Ford Falcon? In this, its debut year, with sales of 435,676 it whupped the domestic competition: Chevy Corvair (249,277); Rambler American (117,609); Studebaker Lark (127,715); and Chrysler’s Valiant (194,292). Of course, there’s always somethingelse that can be said, or we wouldn’t be here. One Swedish magazine ad told us “Falcon 1960 - en

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Fury Gran Sedan

By the time this 1974 Plymouth Fury Gran Sedanhit the showrooms, badge-engineering had gotten to the point where it was hard to tell from a block away if you were looking at a Plymouth or a Dodge (see below). The Fury Gran Sedan/Coupe sat atop the full-size Plymouth lineup for 1974, above the Fury I, II, and III, which were still around but wouldn’t be for long. Model year 1975 would see the

RealRides of WNY - 1984 Bonneville

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s looked at this 1984 Pontiac Bonneville LEand assumed it was a LeMans. Pontiac juggled some of their model names around in the 1980s, and the last, full-sized rear-drive Bonneville was the 1981 model. For 1982 the name was switched over onto the midsized LeMans line (with the LeMans name being put out to pasture). Pontiac dealers complained loud

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Pontiac

One of the first things Bunkie Knudsen did when he took over the Pontiac Division of General Motors back in 1956 was to remove the signature Silver Streaks from the cars' hoods and trunk lids — a styling cue which had started with the hood back in 1935 and then was also added to the trunk two years later. (Today’s trivia fact: Knudsen was born in Buffalo back in 1912 when his father wa

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Roadrunner

This 1973 Plymouth Roadrunnerseems a might bit fancier than the original was when introduced for model year 1968. That first one was based on the barebones-looking Belvedere pillared sport coupe with a Plain Jane interior. The money was spent under the myzqtfs. Hah. I just made you say underwear. The money was spent under the hood, as well as on the suspension and braking components of the car. Oh

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Lark

The latest acquisition (as this is written, Lol) ofNiagara Fallsresident Pat Pilon is this nifty 1963 Studebaker Lark Regalin Green Mist. The production order indicates that it has Studebaker’s 259cid V8 connected to a three-speed overdrive transmission. Others extras included were: wet air cleaner; undercoating; Climatizer (which “…conditions fresh air. Heats, ventilates, and d

RealRides of WNY - 1971 VW Type 2

Who can look at this 1971 Volkswagen Type 2 Westfaliacamper and not smile? For those of us of a certain age, it brings back some fond (okay, and some not so fond) memories. Younger folks hopefully will appreciate the fact that these old VWs look so much different from everything in today’s new car showrooms. Who wouldn’t wanna load up the fridge, throw a few blankets in the back, and h

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Eagle

Something seemed a little off when we found this 1985 AMC Eaglesitting in a Niagara Fallsparking lot over the summer. (And no, we’re not referring to that black hatchback lid.) A closer look revealed that the center cap on those rims said “Jeep.” Which is only fitting I guess, as at this point in time Jeep was still a part of American Motors, and the Eagle lineup was all 4-wheel-

RealRides of WNY - 1984 Seville

Some cars look good from any angle, while with some others it’s a mixed bag. The 1984 Cadillac Seville(IMO) is a case in point. Its three-quarter front view makes the car look like it has no trunk area at all; the roofline seems to sink right down to the rear bumper. From the rear, the Seville looks like a whole different car. It was definitely a controversial look when it came out, but Linc

RealRides of WNY - 1998 XJ-8

When Motor Trendmagazine tested a 1998 Jaguar XJ8(okay, they tested an XJ8 L, which is a bit longer), the first item mentioned was the new drivetrain. It had the same 4.0L displacement as the previous year’s model, but it was now a V8 instead of an inline six. Jaguar decided this was a good time for an all-new automatic transmission as well, switching from the old GM four-speed to a ZF five-