Results for: PERSONAL LUXURY COUPE

RealRides of WNY - 1979 Cordoba

When we ran into the owner of this 1979 Chrysler Cordobalast July at the Clutch Artists Summeramain Williamsville, he told us he’s had the car since it was new. (If you’re reading this too early in the day to be bothered with doing the math, that’s 40 years!)In their promotional literature, Chrysler called it “The personal car with the luxury touch.”From our experienc

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Grand Prix

The 1971 Pontiac Grand Prix Jwas in the second-last year of its ground-breaking body style which had been introduced for MY 1969. It can probably be credited with making the personal luxury coupe genre popular with the masses. It still had the v-e-r-y long hood and the short deck of the introductory model; and under that hood was a standard 400cid V8. If that wasn’t enough power for you, the

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Monte Carlo

This 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlowas photographed in Buffaloat the most recent Buffalo History Museum Car Showover the summer. Paperwork accompanying the car indicated that it’s still owned by the guy who bought it new at Lou Awald Chevrolet in Kenmore from salesman Duane Paddock. Yes, thatDuane Paddock, who todayowns the place (now calledPaddock Chevrolet). The 1970 Monte was the first of its

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Monte Carlo

This 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlois looking very-period correct in its Gulf Green paint job, vinyl top, and whitewall tires. This was the third year for Chevy’s personal luxury coupe, and the final year for its first-generation styling. The Canadian version of that year’s brochure took pride in telling us what the Monte didn’tcome with: “Sorry, no power ash trays.” &ldq

RealRides of WNY - 1984 Oldsmobile Toronado Brougham

The brochure told us that “In a world of look-alikes, this personal luxury car not only stands apart, it stands alone.”Well, that wasn’t exactlythe case a week ago as we left the Old First Ward’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the fringes of downtown Buffalo, and came upon this 1984 Oldsmobile Toronado Brougham — right across the street we can see a vintage-ish Bui

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Buick Riviera

This 1973 Buick Rivierarepresents the car’s last year for the boat-tail rear-end styling; for 1974 the Riv would revert back to the three-box shape of other personal luxury coupes. The boat-tail look debuted for 1971, and was compared by some to Chevrolet’s 1963 Corvette Stingray. It was the basis for Buick’s 1972 Silver Arrow III concept car (below), first shown at the 1972 Detr

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Buick Riviera

The 1965Buick Rivierawould be the Flint manufacturer’s final version of its first-generation personal luxury coupe. Much has been written over the years about these Rivieras’ looks; many (hand notraised here) consider them one of the most beautiful cars ever built! For 1965, a few outward changes were made — most notably the hidden headlights up front and the movement of the tail

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Continental Mark IV

This 1972 Continental Mark IVcomes with a pedigree. The original Continental, marketed as a LincolnContinental, was the brainchild of Edsel Ford, Henry’s son, and was sold from 1940-48 (with a break during World War II). A new car, the Continental Mark II, debuted for 1956 and only lasted for two model years (at a price of ten grand, it’s no wonder!). Things got a bit muddied-up in 195

RealRides of WNY - 1981 Avanti II

Came across this 1981 Avanti IIa couple of years ago in Elma, built by the Avanti Motor Corp. of South Bend, Indiana. The original Avanti was introduced by South Bend’s Studebaker Corp. for model year 1963; it was dropped after MY 1964 while Studebaker was in the throes of disintegration. A group of their dealers formed acompany which eventually bought the tooling for Studebaker’s pers

RealRides of WNY - 1983 Chrysler Cordoba

The owner of this 1983 Chrysler Cordobahas obviously added a few personal touches to a car that Chrysler referred to as "an experience that defies competition". While that might just seem like a bit of hyperbole, their statement telling us the Cordoba has "classic yet aerodynamic styling"seems way beyond exaggeration, what with that totally squarish front end. Introduced for 1975, the Cordoba line