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RealRides of WNY #2424 ......................... 1977 Ford Thunderbird

Yesterday we talked about colors, and we’re going there again today. This 1977 Ford Thunderbirdcoupe appears to be painted in a Chamois Glow poly (a “modest extra cost”color) over Dark Brown metallic Tu-Tone with an (also optional) Autumn Maple two-piece vinyl roof. Ford’s personal luxury coupe was all-new and downsized for MY 1977, and was offered in two series: the &ldquo

RealRides of WNY #2395 - 1973 LeSabre

The brochure tells us that this 1973 Buick LeSabre Customcame standard with your choice of Granada Clothor Oxen-Grainbench seats. Or, buyers could opt for an extra-cost Notchbackseat in either cloth-and-vinyl or all-vinyl… or a 60/40 Notchbackseat in the same materials. If you wondering what a Notchbackfront seat is, from the photos it appears to be a bench seat with a fold-down center armr

RealRides of WNY #2382 - 1969 Skylark

Back when this 1969 Buick Skylark Customwas new, all four of General Motors’ divisions which had mid-size offerings were distinctively different. The back ends of the Buick models were probably the most distinctive of them all — which when combined with the trademark Buick side swoosh made for (IMO) a very handsome design. And luckily for those with a little less money to spend, that s

RealRides of WNY #2373 - 1990 Country Squire

This 1990 Ford LTD Country Squirehearkens back to the day when the Dearborn manufacturer was known as The Wagon Master. They were known as The Wagon Masterbecause, well, that’s what they called themselves in a lot of their advertising — even in Europe (see below). But that being said, Ford didsell a lot of station wagons, going back to the suburban flight of the early 1950s. And the fa

RealRides of WNY #2347 - 1959 Ford

Even low-line cars like this 1959 Ford Custom 300often got the two-tone treatment in brochure illustrations like the one below. Ford offered two different color-break variations (inset) on all of their models. Those of us who were around at the time probably remember that many (most?) cars of the day were more on the monochromatic side. That being said, it was refreshing to see this April Green Re

RealRides of WNY #2311 - c1968 Austin

Day 5 of “Yeah, it needs a little work…”Had you wanted to buy a car with a very patriotic name back in the late 1960s, you could have opted for a Rambler American. Maybe, if you were one of those who usually took the other side of the fork in the road, this c1968 Austin Americamight have been right up your alley. The car begs the question: did its manufacturer, British Leyland,

RealRides of WNY #2291 - 1967 F-350

After I stopped to photograph this 1967 Ford F-350 Flaresidein the parking lot of the Gratwick Hose Co. in North TonawandaI started noticing that every time I passed by it was parked in a different spot. One day the bed was even full of what looked like yard debris. It’s great to see a 55-year-old pickup truck still being used… as a pickup truck! For model year 1967 the F-350 rode on

RealRides of WNY #2289 - 1964 Chevelle

The 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super Sportsported a pretty long name for a first-year nameplate. Size-wise it was competing with Ford’s Fairlane. But the Fairlane wouldn’t offer a convertible for two more years; and the Malibu Super Sport really had no Ford competitor at all until 1966, when Ford doubled down (tripled down?) with the Fairlane 500/XL, Fairlane GT and Fairlane GT/A.

RealRides of WNY #2283 - 1941 Chevy

When we came across this 1941 Chevrolet Special DeLuxe Sport Sedana while back, the guy moving it around the North Tonawandaparking lot we saw them in told us that he’d just bought it. From any angle it looks remarkably good for an 81-year-old car. For the record, Chevy’s 1941 four-door sedans were Sport Sedans while the two-doors were Town Sedans. There were other body styles as well:

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Coronet

The 1968 Dodge Coronet R/Twas part of the “Dodge Scat Pack — the Cars With the Bumblebee Stripes”which also included the Charger R/T and the Dart GTS. Standard powerplant on the Coronet R/T was a 440cid Magnum 4-bbl V8, with a 426 Hemi optional. If the R/T was a bit rich for your tastes, Dodge followed-up Plymouth’s Road Runner with its own “Plain Jane” muscle c