Results for: Personal Luxury Coupe

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

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Buick Riviera

By the time this 1991 Buick Rivierahad hit the showroom, it was already in the sixth season of its third downsizing (the first was in 1977, while the second took place for MY 1979 when the Riv went to FWD). This latest downsizing brought Buick’s personal luxury coupe into compact car territory, where the sales gods were not quick to smile down on this curious Buick. It wasn’t a bad-loo

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Buick Wildcat

By the time this 1969 Buick Wildcathit the showrooms, the nameplate had undergone quite a change. Introduced in 1962 as a sub-series of the Invicta, it was poised to do battle with the likes of Pontiac’s new Grand Prix in the new personal luxury coupe genre. Where the Grand Prix really took off, the Wildcat went down a different path, branching out to a full lineup of two- and four-door hard

RealRides of WNY - AMC Matador, c1975

In the mid-1970s it seemed that every manufacturer had an entry in the personal luxury field — a mid-sized two-door with most of the niceties of a higher-end luxury car. American Motors chimed-in in 1974 with a redesigned, and curiously-named, Matador coupe. I say curiously-namedbecause visually it had absolutely nothing in common with the Matador four-door sedan and station wagon. Its looks

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo

I’m not sure the category even really exists anymore, but back when this 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo was new it was one of the biggest sellers in the personal luxury coupe genre. This triple-black beauty was pretty typical for the day, equipped on the outside with Chevy’s optional Rally Wheels & vinyl roof cover. But tell me, how many of these first-gen Montes have you ever seen without