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RealRides of WNY - 1953 Mayfair

This 1953 Dodge Mayfairis another one of those cars that, growing up in a border town we were used to seeing. People from the heartlands though, might have been a bit confused encountering one of these things—basically a Plymouth with a Dodge front clip which was sold in Canada. This Mayfair hardtop was based on Plymouth’s Belvedere; in the U.S. the larger Dodge hardtop was in the Coro

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Olds

Not every classic car owner is anxious to restore their ride back to showroom condition. Some are content to let their cars age naturally, like this 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire. By MY 1962, GM’s four-door flat-tops were by-and-large gone from the catalog (although they were still in the Corvair lineup). But in other roofline news, most big Chevy, Pontiac, Olds, and Buick two-door hardtops were

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Impala

The brochure told us that the 1961 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedanwas “…the car your ideas helped shape.”I guess that means that you — yes, YOU!— didn’t care for the flat top roofs of the 1959-60 Chevy four-door hardtops. Well, some of us (me) found ourselves wondering what the ’61 models would have looked like had GM kept the flat top look for another model

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Mercury

There aren’t many days when you come across a 1949 Mercuryin stock condition. Including today! We saw this modestly customized example last summer at a Cruising-on-the-Qcruise night on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In case you failed chemistry in high school (hand raised!), that license plate reads “LEAD SLED,” Pbbeing the chemical symbol for element #82 (lead), and lea

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Buick

We searched high and low for proof that a 1969 Buick GSXwas ever produced at the factory, but came up dry. Everything we found says theGSX was introduced in 1970 as a two-door hardtop model in the Skylark lineup. It was yellow, with black stripes, and a rear spoiler, all of which we see on today’s RealRide. Unless there was a Canada-only 1969 GSX which no one seems to know about on the inter

RealRides of WNY - 1978 LTD II

This 1978 Ford LTD IIcomes to us from a very confusing point in the North American automobile-naming era. In MY 1977 Ford’s mid-sized models morphed into this LTD II, replacing the both Torino and Elite nameplates with a name usually associated with Ford’s full-sized models; while its cousin, the Mercury Montego, moved all of its cars (including four-doors and station wagons!) under th

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Celica GT

Considering that it was probably one of the more popular imports of its day, I’m kind of surprised at the dearth of these cars at local cruise-ins and car shows. Maybe we’re in the wrong geographical location for that. Nevertheless, we saw this c1977 Toyota Celica GTlast summer on a side street in Niagara Falls, Ontarioduring a weekly Queen StreetCruising on the Qcruise night. Often th

RealRides of WNY - 1947 Buick

And thought I had a hard time figuring out the color of yesterday’s RealRide! This 1947 Buick Special Sedanetwas seen a couple of summers ago in June at a weekly Cruising on the Qcruise night on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Special was Buick’s price leader, and was also available as a four-door sedan. Besides its sleek looks, here’s one other reason Buick gavefor b

RealRides of WNY - ɛ̃fini RX-7

From a block away I was pretty sure I knew what this was. As I got closer, I said to myself, “Oh, it’s a Japanese-market right-hand-drive model.” When I stood next to it I found out it wasn’t the Mazda RX-7 I had thought it was. Instead, it was a seldom-seen (in these parts) ɛ̃finiRX-7, ɛ̃fini being the upmarket brand of Mazda which sold in the home market from 1991-97 (whe

RealRides of WNY - Studemino

When I first came across this mash-up of a 1951 Studebaker Starlight (see below)and a 1986 Chevy El Camino, I said to myself “Now, there’s something different!” And different it was, but it wasn’t until later that I discovered it wasn’t all that rare. It’s actually aStudeminokit conversion (details here) sold by a company in Florida, and a Googlesearch turned up