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RealRides of WNY #2405 - 1977 Versailles

Once Cadillac introduced the Seville back in 1975 (based largely on the Chevy Nova platform), you knew it wouldn’t be long before a similar car emerged from Dearborn. The 1977 Lincoln Versailleswas supposed to be their answer to the Seville. The mid-size Cadillac had sales of over 16,000 in its shortened first model year, and nearly 44,000 for MY 1976. Surprisingly (or was it?), the Seville

RealRides of WNY #2367 - 1997 Saab

It’s not often, in my experiences, that you see a Swedish vehicle at a car show, so this 1997 Saab 900 SEreally stood out. This was from the second-generation of the 900 series of cars (1994-98; the first gen was from 1978-93). General Motors had acquired a 50 percent interest in Saab in 1989, and purchased the other half in 2000. Ergo, the 2nd-gen 900s were based on the GM platform which al

RealRides of WNY #2318 - 1967 Mini

The local Mini dealer’s showroom seems as good a place as any to park your 1967 Morris Miniwhen it’s not seeing any action. There were myriad versions of the little two-door car which was introduced in 1959 by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) back in the days before BMW resurrected the nameplate for model year 2000. They were marketed with several nameplates including Austin, Rover,

RealRides of WNY #2313 - 1972 Coupe de Ville

You see a lot of classic Cadillacs at car shows/cruise nights, but I don’t recall seeing many of them from this era: today’s RealRideis a 1972 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, which to me stood out at this year’s WNY Cadillac-LaSalle Club Car Showheld at Cappellino Cadillac in Williamsville. Maybe the fact that I bought my first car in 1972 has something to do with the attraction. (No, i

RealRides of WNY - c1983 380 SE

Not every Reagan-era American luxury car buyer bought an actual American luxury car. Many opted for a more understated level of luxury — not to mention a car which handled better than a barge at sea — such as this Mercedes-Benz 380 SE. Known in-house as model W-126, these S-class sedans began life as the 280 SE in 1979, changing their numerical designation as the engine increased in si

RealRides of WNY - 2000 Eurovan

The age of the Hippie Van had certainly passed by the time this 2000 Volkswagen Eurovanhit the showrooms. And a far cry it was from those VW Type 2 busses of the 1960s which wore so many flower power paint jobs. You wouldn’t know it to walk into a North American VW dealership today, but they still market a van or two (or more!) in other parts of the world. Two of the more intriguing ones (IM

RealRides of WNY - 1994 Lexus

We saw this 1994 Lexus SC 400a couple of years ago in a Williamsvilleparking lot. When introduced for model year 1992, the SC 400 was named Motor Trendmagazine’s Car-of-the-Year. It’s a V8-equipped rear-drive four passenger luxury coupe which was sold at Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus stores in North America. In the Japanese home market, a place in which the Lexus brand didn’t

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Spitfire

Probably one of the prettiest little cars on the market at the time, this 1964 Triumph Spitfire 4was also known as the Spitfire Mark I. Under the full forward-tilt hood was an OHV inline-four engine of 1,147cc (70cid) with twin carburetors. Certainly not much when compared to what was coming out of Detroit at the time, but then again, the car weighed less that 1,600 lbs. A bit of an upgrade from s

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Opel

Let’s hear a shout-out from anyone who’s come across another 1974 Opel Manta Luxusother than this one in the last 20 or 30 years. (Crickets.) This was Opel’s most luxe model (hence the name) and a big step up from the previous (and chintzier) Kadett lineup. In one print ad, Opel told us about the“top-of-the-line Manta”(which was the Luxus): “…it exhibits

RealRides of WNY - RCR 917

If you want something that stands out from the crowd, this RCR 917should do the trick. If you haven’t guessed, RCR stands for Race Car Replicas, and this particular kit car is registered with the NYS DMV as a 1983 CUSTOM 2DSD. It is based, of course, on the Porsche 917, thought by many to be the Holy Grail of race cars, which earned the German manufacturer its first ever overall win at the 2