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RealRides of WNY - 1957 Belvedere

Some of the advertising proclaimed “Suddenly it’s 1960… 3 years ahead”when this 1957 Plymouth Belvederehit the showrooms. The styling of all of Chrysler Corporation’s cars took a dramatic turn with the introduction of the 1957 so-called Forward Lookmodels. Much of that Forward Lookwas at the rear end, with tall, slender tailfins gracing all five of the nameplates. We

RealRides of WNY - 1956 DeSoto

Of course, the money shot for this 1956 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsmanis the three-quarter rear view, which really shows-off itsbefinned fenders. DeSoto brochure writers told us that “DeSoto’s startling new tail light treatment for 1956 has been designed specifically for safer driving under today’s stepped up pace.” “Control tower styling,”they called it, and as a p

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Belvedere

Virgil Exner’s Forward Lookwas still evident when this 1959 Plymouth Belvederehit the showrooms, but this year it had a bit of a different… slant. Get it? The tailfins were now slanted more forward than backward! Plymouth called the new ‘59s“…a high-stepping, nimble-footed masterpiece of luxury and comfort.”The Belvedere was now third in the pecking order, beh

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Impala

One of the magazine ads screamed “NOTHING’S NEW LIKE CHEVY’S NEW!”Cadillac might have taken exception to that, but there’s no denying that the 1959 Chevrolet Impala, and its lesser siblings the Bel Air and Biscayne, really stood out in a crowded parking lot — especially from the rear view. Another ad called it “The car that leads your kind of life!”

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Cadillac

The brochure told us this 1964 Cadillacwas a member of “The Youthful Sixty-TwoSeries.”I’m not sure what made the Sixty-Two more youthful than say, “The Brilliant DeVille Series,”or “The Impeccable Fleetwood Series,”but hey, what do I know? We’re only guessing that this coupe, seen last summer at the WNY Cadillac & LaSalle owners club show at Keys

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Cadillac

The brochure called the 1959 Cadillac Sixty-Twoconvertible “The new standard of the world in supremecy!”It also told us that it had “…a new windshield of epic proportions,”from which a driver could “…survey the world about him over a remarkable, low, broad expanse of hood and fenders.”No mention here about what he (or, one might imagine, she) might

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Cadillac Coupe De Ville

This 1970 Cadillac Coupe De Ville shows just how far GM’s luxury division had moved away from the garish designs of ten years earlier. Tail fins were still in place, but much more muted, while chrome was kept to a minimum. Yet to the passer-by there was no doubt that this was a luxury automobile. Longer, lower, wider – yes, but tastefully done. This example was seen last fall in Tonawa