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RealRides of WNY - 1994 Lexus

We saw this 1994 Lexus SC 400a couple of years ago in a Williamsvilleparking lot. When introduced for model year 1992, the SC 400 was named Motor Trendmagazine’s Car-of-the-Year. It’s a V8-equipped rear-drive four passenger luxury coupe which was sold at Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus stores in North America. In the Japanese home market, a place in which the Lexus brand didn’t

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Gran Torino

In the brochure, Ford called this 1975 Ford Gran Torinotwo-door hardtop “Our most popular Torino.”Which was a bit of a misnomer. Partway throughMY 1974, amuch more posh Gran Torino Elite model was introduced, outsellingthis lower-priced two-door in the Torino lineup by over 20,000 units. A model year later, starting MSRPs were $4,314 (Gran Torino) vs. $4,767 for the Elite (now a separa

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Mark III

After looking at the 1969 Continental Mark IIIfor lo, these many years now, I haven’t decided whether I like the view better from the front or the rear. Lincoln (who seemed reluctant to call the Mark III a “Lincoln” and referred to it only as a “Continental” in all of its advertising material) called it “The most authoritatively styled, decisively individual mot

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Hawk

If you found yourself interested in a new 1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawklike this one back in the day (well, maybe not justlike this one, as I don’t believe 57-year-old patina was one of the paint choices, Lol), you might have also wandered over to the other side of the Studebaker showroom to give a look to their other, new personal luxury coupe, the Avanti. Why would Studebaker be market

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1965 Thunderbird

This 1965 Ford Thunderbirdhardtop is one of the many old cars we saw while driving around the city of Seattleback in December 2018. This one is remarkably intact from what we can see here, except for the missing Thunderbird emblem on the hood. In ’64 the word Thunderbird was spelled out on the hood above the grille, and in 1966 (below), the final year for this body style, the hood on the new

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Riviera

The 1965 Buick Rivieramarked the third model year for the iconic personal luxury coupe, and it was the first year any significant changes were made to its styling. The basic shape remained the same, but in the rear the taillights moved down into the bumper; and up front the headlights moved from the grille into the pods at the ends of the front fenders, where they became vertically stacked and cam

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