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RealRides of WNY #2424 ......................... 1977 Ford Thunderbird

Yesterday we talked about colors, and we’re going there again today. This 1977 Ford Thunderbirdcoupe appears to be painted in a Chamois Glow poly (a “modest extra cost”color) over Dark Brown metallic Tu-Tone with an (also optional) Autumn Maple two-piece vinyl roof. Ford’s personal luxury coupe was all-new and downsized for MY 1977, and was offered in two series: the &ldquo

RealRides of WNY #2347 - 1959 Ford

Even low-line cars like this 1959 Ford Custom 300often got the two-tone treatment in brochure illustrations like the one below. Ford offered two different color-break variations (inset) on all of their models. Those of us who were around at the time probably remember that many (most?) cars of the day were more on the monochromatic side. That being said, it was refreshing to see this April Green Re

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Coronet

The 1968 Dodge Coronet R/Twas part of the “Dodge Scat Pack — the Cars With the Bumblebee Stripes”which also included the Charger R/T and the Dart GTS. Standard powerplant on the Coronet R/T was a 440cid Magnum 4-bbl V8, with a 426 Hemi optional. If the R/T was a bit rich for your tastes, Dodge followed-up Plymouth’s Road Runner with its own “Plain Jane” muscle c

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Bel Air

No, it’s not unusual to see a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Airat a local cruise night. But IMO it’s rare to see a Bel Air Sport Sedan (not to mention one which still looks showroom stock), the hot new four-door hardtop body style which was introduced in the Chevy lineup for MY 1956. Most manufacturers had a specific name for their version of the Sport Sedan: Pontiac (Catalina), Olds (Holiday), B

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Falcon

Early advertising touts the fact that there were two versions of the 1963 Ford Falcon Futuraconvertible — the base Futura and the Futura Sports convertible, the latter of which came standard with front bucket seats and a center console like today’s feature ride. Partway through the model year the advertising reflected a new model: the Falcon Sprint, which was offered in two-door hardto

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Mercury

When I came across this 1961 Mercury Meteor 600this past summer it occurred to me how few Ford Motor Company cars you see these days from 1961. After thinking about it a little moreI added the other U.S. manufacturers into the mix as well. Where are they all? Was 1961 a down year for auto sales? I know 1958 certainly was. The Meteor name has an interesting history in North America. It was used for

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Dodge

The 1952 Dodgepickups were offered with either high- or low-side cargo beds and tailgates. This one’s a high version, whose sides measure about 32 inches from top to bottom. The low-side was only about half that. Of course, these Job-Ratedtrucks came in half-, three-quarter-, and one-ton capacity versions. The size of the tires on today’s RealRidesuggest to me that it’s a three-q

RealRides of WNY - 1944 Buffalo Fire Appliance

Day Three of “Five Days of Big Trucks”When we first came upon this fire rig at a recent cruise night in North Tonawandaat the Wurlitzer Building we were pretty sure it was based on an old International truck. Later that evening we thought it was a Chevy (we didn’t get a chance to ask as it was just pulling out as we arrived). A little research a few days later enlightened us to t

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Falcon

Every once in a while you still see an old Econoline van around; but you almost never see a 1965 Ford Falcon Club Wagon. These were the passenger versions of Ford’s delivery van, and they came in three flavors: the base model, which was called Falcon Station Bus, andthe Club Wagon and Deluxe Club Wagon. Ford told us that “…two salty Six engines [were] offered: the standard job w

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Figaro

Before retro cars from Chrysler (PT Cruiser), Chevy (HHR), Volkswagen (New Beetle), Ford (2002 two-seater T-Bird), and the 2001 Mini & 2007 Fiat 500 came along, there was this 1991 Nissan Figaro— a small (reallysmall) convertible manufactured for one year and sold only in the home market of Japan. The Figaro’s design hearkens back to some other roll-top convertibles of the 1950s, l