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RealRides of WNY - 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

(Day 5 of FoMoCo Week)Someone correct me if I’m wrong here, but I don’t believe that black vinyl tops were a factory optionwhen this 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria was new. It does, however, look pretty sharp! You almost never see one of these in white these days, as it seems that most of them are wearing a 1950s two-tone combination. Victoria was Ford-speak back in the day for their pill

RealRides of WNY - 1980 Plymouth Volare

(Day 3 of WagonWeek…)Always good to find a RealRide which I can see from my front porch… like this recently spotted 1980 Plymouth Volare. The Volare and Dodge’s almost identical Aspen were introduced for the 1976 model year, and ended up replacing the Valiant/Dart almost-twins beginning with the 1977 models. And as you may have already guessed, we found this one in Tonawanda.&m

RealRides of WNY - Ford Ranchero, c1978

This c1978 Ford Ranchero looks to be in pretty good shape — well, except for that hood. What do you suppose happened there? The models from 1977-79, which all look pretty much the same, were the seventh and final generation — so far — of the North American ute from Ford. I wouldn’t be surprised some day to see this body style make a comeback. This one was was seen over the

RealRides of WNY 1968 Chevy Camaro

When I first approached this 1968 Chevy Camaro a few weeks ago during a car show at the Mt. St. Mary Summer Festival in Tonawanda, I came at it from the front and thought it was just another nice Camaro. But, lo and behold, when I got closer it was a pickup truck! Turns out it’s a locally-built replica of the Chevy Caribe, a concept car built and shown by General Motors back in 1968. Who kne

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Pontiac Tempest

This fine-looking 1961 Pontiac Tempest was one of many interesting entrants in last weekend’s Mt. St. Mary 5th Annual Summer Festival Super Cruise Car Show and Food Truck Rally (whew!) held on the school grounds in Tonawanda. Owner Steven Botsford of Gowanda told me it has less than 40k on the odometer, and under the hood is Pontiac’s famed Trophy 4 engine, a 195 four cylinder u

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency

This1976 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regencyis one of those rides whose name is almost as long the car. Spotted this one inTonawandarecently while bicycling around… looking for old parked cars. Jackpot! And if you’re in the market for a vehicle that might test the limits of your regular parking spot, the good news is that this one’s for sale.•Jim Corbran, RRofWNYCheck out our n

RealRides of WNY - 1980 Datsun 280ZX

Although this1980 Datsun 280ZXwas a complete restyle when compared to the original 240Z cars (introduced in 1970), there was no mistaking its parentage. The same basic shape still existed, just pulled and stretched here and there. And the engine was larger (thus the 280 moniker, which indicated a 2.8L engine). A stretched 2+2 version was also offered which,IMHO, wasnotvery easy on the eyes. Found

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix LJ

Hey look, it’s a pristine-looking 50th Golden Anniversary Edition 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix LJ, right here in Tonawanda! T-Tops (by Hurst), special hood ornament, pinstriping, color-keyed Rally II wheels, and a white vinyl half-roof were part of the 50th anniversary Pontiac personal luxury coupe’s special equipment. Only about 4,800 of them were built, all in Anniversary Gold, a color wh

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Here’s another old bowtie from this year’s Canal Fest Car Show held in the Tonawandas. This 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was being shown by owner Dennis Hagerman of Lewiston, who obviously likes his old cars clean and original-looking. This was the finalyear for the first generation Montes, as in true American tradition they would grow in size for 1973. The Monte Carlo helped make the pe

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air

You can be sure that this 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air will be cross-posted to my LuvTheCheapies Facebook page. The Bel Air sat on the second-lowest rung of the full-sized Chevy lineup for all of the 1960s, where it was very popular with buyers who didn’t need a lot of glitz with their daily transportation. These things are very coveted today by collectors because not many of them were preserved.