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RealRides of WNY #2420 ......................... 1983 Datsun 280ZX

The 1983 Datsun 280ZXwas from the marque’s second generation, the first of course being the legendary 240Z (and subsequent 260Z & 280Z — name changes brought about by engine size increases). The 280ZX debuted for MY 1979, and to some folks’ horror, it grew in size. (You can just imagine their reaction to the even larger 2+2 version!) Besides having a choice between rear seati

RealRides of WNY #2407 - 1973 Grand Am

They had the right idea when this 1973 Pontiac Grand Amwas introduced that year: grab some sales from potential buyers of European sport sedans like the BMW and Volvo maybe. And in my opinion the four-door version of the Grand Am was not too far off the mark. The two-door though, I must say, shot itself in the foot with stereotypical Detroitisms like the louvered rear side quarter windows, which w

RealRides of WNY #2403 - 1971 Torino

One of just 1,613 produced, we saw this 1971 Ford Torino GTconvertible over the summer in Olcott. Standard power for the GT was a 302cid V8, but optional engines of 351 and 429 cubic inches were available. Also standard on the GT were wide-oval bias-ply whitewalls (if you’re wondering what wide-ovals were, ask your grandfather!), all-vinyl interior, hood scoop, dual color-keyed outside racin

RealRides of WNY #2359 - 1956 Olds

Another beauty from this year’s Olcott Beach Car Showis this 1956 Oldsmobile 88 Holiday Sedan. Some (me) say that style-wise, 1956 was the best year for GM’s four-door hardtops, a body style introduced the year before in the Olds and Buick lineups, and in 1956 in the Chevrolet, Pontiac, and (surprised that it wasn’t the first) Cadillac brands. As far as the Olds lineups go, I&rsq

RealRides of WNY #2355 - 1996 Ciera

Some time ago I posted a RealRidesimilar to this 1996 Oldsmobile Ciera SL(I think it was a Buick Century) and was chided by someone for posting a car which wasn’t a “real classic.” Sorry, but not everyone here is over the age of 50, and to someone born in 2003 a 26-year-old car is way older than they are, and to them (perhaps), a classic. Anyway, for this its final year, Olds dro

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Olds 88

This 1955 Oldsmobile 88sedan was seen on the side of the road on our way to Olcottone day early last fall. It was wearing a For Salesign in the windshield, as well as a pair of some of the strangest shaped factory fender skirts (IMO) to come out of Detroit… or in this case, Lansing, Michigan. I imagine Olds did it to mimic the shape of the front wheel opening but, why? The 88 models were re

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Firebird

A hand-written addition to the build sheet for this1973 Pontiac Firebird Formula 455indicates that it’s just one of only 227 Formula Firebirds that were built that year with both the 455cid V8 and a 4-speed manual transmission. This one’s painted Verdant Green, and also has a few other add-ons which you can see for yourself in the above photo of the build sheet. We came across it last

RealRides of WNY - 1975 2002

It’s not often you come across a 1975 BMW 2002at a cruise night/car show — or any year 2002 for that matter. But, we saw this one last summer in Olcottat their annual Super Cruise. The 2002 is pretty much what put BMW on the map in North America. Essentially it began life in Europe as a shortened two-door version their family-oriented 1600 four-door sedan (renamed 1600-2), whose lighte

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Olds

If you were one of the many attendees of this year’s Olcott Beach Car Show, you may have passed this two-toned1962 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Holidaysports coupe on your way into town. It sat off the road a bit with a For Salesign in the window in front of a house inOlcott. The Ninety-Eight was Olds’ top dog for model year 1962. It was “Long on looks… great on ‘go&rsquo

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Electra 225

When this 1969 Buick Electra 225was new, the Flint manufacturer was still using the “Wouldn’t you really rather have a Buick?”line in their ads. This was a bit different from “When better automobiles are built… Buick will build them,”which dated back at least to 1913 and seems to have petered out by the late 1950s. We came across another ad for the 1990 Park Av