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RealRides of WNY - 1978 LTD II

When I first spotted this 1978 Ford LTD IIat this summer’s Olcott Beach Car Show in OlcottI thought it looked like an old unmarked police car. Closer inspection revealed an optional Dove Grey vinyl top which blended perfectly with the Dove Grey paint job. The four-door base model LTD II could be had with optional C-pillar opera windows, not seen on today’s RealRide. Perhaps the dog dis

RealRides of WNY - 1927 Hupmobile

If you’re keeping track, yes, this 1927 Hupmobilemarks the marque’s first appearance in RealRides. This one appears to be a five-passenger Brougham, like the one on the right in the ad below. Two series were offered for MY 1927, Six and Eight; I’m not sure what this one started out life as, but these days I’m guessing it’s not packing a six! Hupmobiles were produced b

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Skylark

If I had to use one word to describe the styling of this 1968 Buick Skylark Custom, it might be swoopy. It’s really evident from the side view, as seen below in the brochure illustration of the four-door hardtop which, like today's RealRide, is wearing factory fender skirts. You didn’t see them on the lesser Special models, and IMO it broke up the continuity of the end-to-end side swoo

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Barracuda

Regular readers of this space have undoubtedly heard the story of what I consider my first realcar (yes, it’s a l-o-n-gstory), which was similar in body style to this 1968 Plymouth Formula S Barracuda, but was a ’67 in Bright Blue Poly with a matching interior (and it wasn’t a Formula S). The Barracuda was based on the compact Valiant (much like the Ford Mustang was based on the

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Pontiac

A pair of fender skirts (along with their extended chrome trim along the bottom of the rear quarter panels) give this 1954 Pontiac Chieftain Specialthe look of a higher-end model. You can see what a Chieftain Special looked like without the skirts at the bottom of the page. It makes quite a difference! The next steps up in the lineup were the Chieftain DeLuxe, which had much more chrome side trim

RealRides of WNY - 1978 LeBaron

We last saw this 1978 Chrysler LeBaron Medalliona year ago at Olcott Beach (below), where it was parked in the street during the 2019 Olcott Beach Car Show. We saw it again last month, now updated with a set of new rims. The brochure described them as “Brightly finished, sporty-looking 15” forged aluminum road wheels [which] are 10% lighter than comparable steel wheels.”In case y

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Impala

This 1960 Chevrolet Impalais a bit of a departure from what you usually see at a car show/cruise night in that it’s a four-door sedan. I don’t think it’s my imagination that most ’60 Chevys you see these days are hardtops, convertibles, or the super-cheap Biscayne or Bel Air two-door sedans. The 1960 models were a bit of a restyle from the radical 1959 cars, and they marked

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Volvo

This 1963 Volvo 1800 Sreally stood out from the ususal gang of suspects at one of this summer’s weekly cruise-ins in Olcott. The sun was wreaking havoc with our photography attempts, butat leastin the rear view with the sun behind usthe little Swedish sports car’s lines come through nicely. Road & Trackmagazine, in the almost identical 1964 model’s brochure, called it “

RealRides of WNY - 1964 VW Type 2

The brochure writers called this 1964 Volkswagen Type 2“…the Pick-Up for builders, farmers, electricians, plumbers, flooring contractors.”Citing its 1,764-lb. load capacity — “only 236 pounds short of a ton,”and large, flat load area — “...all flat, all usable,”it certainly seemed to make sense. “Hinged sides and tailboard”made loa

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Lincoln

Back when this 1970 Lincoln Continentalwas new, size still mattered. In Lincoln’s own words: The body is longer. The stance is the widest on the road today. Its engine is a massive 460 cubic inch deep-breathing V-8. Yet surprisingly, an AM/FM stereo and air-conditioning were still extra-cost options on Ford’s marquee luxury automobile. They did however, offer up a mind-boggling 23 st