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RealRides of WNY - 1938 Ford

This 1938 Ford DeLuxecoupe features one of my favorite pre-War Ford front ends. Ford must have liked it too, as it was used again for the 1939 Ford Standard models. Actually, that’s what Ford did there for a few years; restyled the DeLuxe models, and used the previous year’s DeLuxe styling for the new Standard models. Keep the neighbors guessing as to what you were driving, I guess. Al

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Sting Ray

There was almost an equal number of sport coupe and convertible models of the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Rayproduced: 10,594 vs 10,919. This sport coupe was spotted last week nestled amongst a few other classics in a Tonawandaused car row. Hard to say if it’s for sale or not. This was the first year for the restyled Corvette — well, at least restyled from the rear quarter panels for

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Mustang

Came across this 1968 Ford Mustanghardtop last week while bicycling through the RealRidesTonawandaneighborhood. It’s a bit unusual as it’s wearing a dark gray Lower Back Grille — which from every source I checked was a $19.48 option available only on the 1967 models. One source says the reason they weren’t available for the ’68 models was that the factory which produc

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Electra 225

There are several ways to announce to the world that you’re now building smaller big cars. An ad for the 1978 Buick Electra 225, like this one which we saw last week in a Tonawandaparking lot, asked readers to“Consider… the fact that this full-size luxury car sits on a wheelbase occupied by some mid-size cars of only a few years ago. Thus making it lithe and nimble.”You&rs

RealRides of WNY - 1981 Marathon

“It’s functional. It’s spacious. It’s sensible.”Yes, it wasall three of these things, but the brochure copywriters nevertheless failed to address the elephant in the room. The Checker Marathonwas — how shall we put this mildly? — not exactly easy on the eyes. But, forthousands of cab drivers and millions of fares, that was probably the farthest thing from

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Montego MX

Charting a family tree for this 1969 Mercury Montego MXshows that its roots go back to the 1960 Comet, which we all know was originally supposed to be an Edsel compact. The Comet (sans the Mercury moniker for the first two model years) was built on a slightly stretched Ford Falcon platform. That platform was stretched a bit more for 1962, producing the midsized Ford Fairlane and Mercury Meteor. Th

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Cutlass Supreme

You saw a ton of these driving around in the 1980s, but it’s not often these days that you see a decent 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Classicout and about — especially one with a t-top. By this time, Olds was really cashing in on the popularity of the Cutlass nameplate. There was of course this model, which was the original (if you will) rear-wheel-drive Cutlass mid-size car that sha

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Delta 88

Back when this 1972 Oldsmobile Delta 88was new, North American car manufacturers still seemed to think its buyers were hung up on size.Erm, size andweight, as we were reminded — in print — that the Delta 88 was “…heavy, over 4,200 pounds, with a long 124-inch wheelbase.”It was also equipped with a rather erotic-sounding “G-Ride System,”with which “r

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Monte Carlo

This 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlorepresents the Bow Tie manufacturer’s final year for the big personal luxury coupe. No, not the Monte’sfinal year — merely the year before downsizing hit GM’s mid-sized cars, including Chevy's entry. For MY 1977, Chevy informed us that “…personal-size car referred less to size than to state of mind… appealing to a particula

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Marquis Brougham

In an automotive model year which saw General Motors downsize its full-sized cars, the copywriters who were publicizing this 1977 Mercury Marquis Broughamhad a little fun at the General’s expense:And as big and luxurious as this car is (not to mention how very Lincolnesque it appears from the front), it’s not even the plushiest big Merc. That would fall to the top o’the line Gran