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RealRides of WNY - 1957 Buick

This 1957 Buick Specialis from the second (and final) year of a feature which I believe Buick was the only manufacturer to have appear on the exterior of their cars: both the trunk and grille emblems of the 1956-57 Buicks contained the year of the car on them (bottom photos). At the time it may have seemed to be a stroke of marketing genius — who doesn’t like to show off that they have

RealRides of WNY - 1982 Regal

The 1982 Buick Regaldoesn’t seem to get as much 21stcentury attention as its GM stablemates did — those being the Chevy Monte Carlo, Pontiac Grand Prix, and Olds Cutlass Supreme. Surprisingly the sales numbers for these mid-sized coupes weren’t what I’d thought they’d be when I went to look them up. I figured (correctly) that the Olds came out first, but wasn’t

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Ford

The 1950 Ford Custom Tudoris still a pretty clean design some 70 years after going on sale. It’s flat sides were über-modern compared to GM & Chrysler cars which still showed remnants of add-on rear quarter panels. The only thing Ford was missing in their redesigned ’49-50 lineup was a true two-door hardtop. Up to then they had made-do with a fancified two-door sedan they dubb

RealRides of WNY - 1990 LeSabre

This 1990 Buick LeSabre Limitedlooks exactly as you’d expect a big Buick from that era to look. From the padded top to the trunk-mounted luggage rack, and the wire wheel covers to the Electronic Warning Tone For Seat Belt, Ignition Key, and “Headlamps On” (Buick’s quotation marks, not mine!) — it’s all there in this remarkably preserved sedan. Under the hood was

RealRides of WNY - 1994 Cutlass

The people who put together the brochure for the 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supremeconvertible, if nothing else, sure had a lot of moxie. Right there on page three, alongside a listing of the Olds ragtop’s specs, is a chart comparing it to the BMW 325i and Saab 900 Turbo — which Olds labels a “Sport-Luxury Convertible Comparison.” Call me pessimistic, but I highly doubt that m

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Toronado

At a glance, this 1977 Oldsmobile Toronado Broughamdoesn’t seem to share much with the ground-breaking debut model which bowed for model year 1966. Yes, it still has a v-e-r-y long hood with a proportionately shorter rear deck. But this ’77 is a much bigger car — 227inches long compared to the 1966 car’s 211” length. Width increased an inch-and-a-half, but the squared

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Shelby GT 350

By the time this 1967 Shelby GT 350hit the market, probably every neighborhood in the USA had at least one Mustang parked in the driveway, so this was a way to stand apart from the herd, if you will. Shelby American was started in 1962 by Carroll Shelby, a race car driver and automotive designer from Texas. Before converting Ford’s Mustangs into Shelbys, he was selling the Shelby Cobra &mdas

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Sedan de Ville

This 1965 Cadillac Sedan de Villecarried the same MSRP ($5,666) as the pillarless hardtop Sedan de Ville. Saleswise though, it wasn’t even close — 45,535 hardtops left the factory, while only 15,000 of these traditional pillared sedans were built. Maybe traditionalisn’t the correct word here, as for 1965 Cadillac introduced curved side glass to its lineup, and it was frameless in

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Mercury Econoline

Last week we featured an early Dodge van, and yesterday in this space was a Corvair Greenbrier from 1962. So it seems only fitting to follow up with one of these old compact trucks from the other member of The Big Three. But this one’s probably the rarest of them all — a 1961 Mercury Econolinepickup. That’s right — Mercury. Why, you may ask, was there such a thing? Well, it

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Olds 4-4-2

This 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2is from the brand’s final year for the Colonnade styling (pillared cars with frameless door glass). For MY 1978, some of Olds’ mid-sized cars would feature the controversial (IMO) aeroback shape, which was shared with Buick, but (wisely) shunned by Chevy and Pontiac. The Cutlass 4-4-2 (it’s actual name for 1977) wasn’t quite the car that it